What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy that works by applying gentle pressure or massage to points on the feet. Our feet carry us through life; they are our main contact with the earth. All nerves in the body and five of the main meridians in Chinese medicine end in the feet. Our feet don't always get given enough attention but according to the principles of reflexology they play an important part in our health and well-being!
Reflexology is based on the theory that the body is mapped out on the feet through reflex points. This means that there are points on the feet that correspond to the organs and systems of the body. Reflexologists apply gentle pressure to these points to find and work on areas of imbalance, aiming to restore an equilibrium and bring about well-being.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy which doesn't aim to diagnose or to treat a specific condition but rather looks at the individual as a whole, and aims to support the bodies own natural healing systems.
Reflexology is great to help anyone to relax, and it can be especially helpful if you are suffering with stress, anxiety or depression. I have done additional training in supporting these conditions through reflexology.
The History of Reflexology
Reflexology was first developed in the West after a surgeon discovered that applying pressure to one area of the body could anaethetise another area. He went on to develop the theory of 'zones' within the body which formed the basis of reflexology.
Reflexology has, in fact, been used in many different cultures throughout history. The principles have some similarities to those of Chinese medicine whereby applying pressure to acupressure points can bring about changes within the body by allowing the smooth flow of chi or life force energy to create balance in health. There is evidence of reflexology being used by the Ancient Egyptians, and North American Indians were known to have massaged the feet to maintain physical emotional and spiritual balance.
Reflexology is now becoming more popular in the modern Western world as the impact of stress on our health is becoming more apparent, and people are beginning to take more responsibility for their emotional, physical and spiritual health and well-being.
What to expect at a reflexology treatment
A treatment will take 60 minutes. All treatments will begin with a consultation. Please allow an extra 30 minutes for this at your first treatment.
For the treatment you will remain fully clothed but will need to take off your shoes and socks. It's best to wear loose trousers/leggings that can be rolled up to your knee. You can either sit or lie comfortably on a massage table or chair.
The treatment begins with gentle foot massage to relax the feet. I will then work over all the reflexes of the feet, paying particular attention to areas where an imbalance may be found. There may be a slight tenderness in some of these areas but the experience as a whole should be pleasant and provide a feeling of general relaxation.
After the treatment, we will talk a little about the treatment and I can give you some hand reflex points to work on at home.
People usually report feeling relaxed after the treatment; some will feel sleepy, others energised.
it is a good idea to have some time to relax after the treatment and to drink plenty of water to flush through any toxins that are released.
Reflexology with other treatments
Reflexology is a safe treatment with very few contraindications. I will always go through a thorough consultation with you prior to your first treatment. If you are undergoing any medical treatment or have health conditions its best to let me know first as we can discuss whether reflexology is suitable for you and make a treatment plan.
It is a complementary therapy so is not an alternative to medical treatment and I do advise that if you are currently being treated for any condition by another complimentary therapist or health care practitioner that you also inform them prior to commencing treatments.
Not tried reflexology before but would like to give it a try?
I'm happy to have a chat with you and answer any questions you may have about how reflexology works and how it might help you.
But the best way to see if reflexology is for you is to give it a try! I'm keen for everyone to feel the benefits of it- so let me know you're new to reflexology to receive £5 off your first treatment. (I hope you'll think it's as amazing as I do.)