What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a holistic therapy that uses a series of pressure techniques to stimulate specific reflex areas on the feet and hands in the hope of promoting change in corresponding parts of the body.
Pressure sensors on your feet communicate instantly with the brain, internal organs and other body parts due to ancient survival needs.
Example: If you step on a nail, in response to this challenge to the sole of the foot, a reflexive action happens throughout your entire body. Muscular action withdraws your foot from the nail and your body experiences a rush of adrenaline as well as changes to balance and internal organ function. Reflexology works on the same principal, everything happens reflexively throughout the nervous system.
Reflexology is known to help lymphatic drainage and often has a detoxifying effect on the body. It increases circulation and your body works extra hard to rid itself of toxins and free radicals in the days after the treatment. It also helps to release blockages (both physical and emotional), to allow energy to flow effectively and to bring the body in to a state of homeostasis. The aim is for all body systems to function optimally, in harmony with one another.
What does a Reflexology Treatment involve?
A reflexology treatment lasts for 1 hour. It involves me using pressure and massage techniques to work the points/ areas on the feet that correspond to all 11 body systems:
- Skeletal system
- Muscular system
- Respiratory system
- Cardiovascular system
- Digestive system
- Nervous system
- Endocrine system
- Reproductive system
- Urinary system
- The Lymphatic system
- Integumentary system
You will lie back and relax for an hour in a candlelit room with soothing music, I take notes of any imbalances that I detect on various areas of the feet and I explain these to you at the end so that you can have a think about how they apply to you, physically or emotionally. I work towards correcting these imbalances over a series of regular treatments.
What can I expect after a Reflexology Treatment?
It is very common to feel tired after a treatment, you should plan to relax and take it easy for the hours following your treatment. It’s also important to hydrate yourself with plenty of water, especially for the 48 hours following your treatment as your body will be working hard to flush out toxins. You may experience some adverse side effects such as headaches or other aches and pains, this is known as a healing crisis and should be welcomed.
How Often should I receive Reflexology?
Initially, I would recommend 3-4 treatments, 1-2 weeks apart to maximise the benefits and give your body a chance to heal. If you are feeling well after the initial course, I would recommend attending for maintenance once every 4-5 weeks.