Foot Reflexology is based on the belief that an energy system connects the entire body and physical process within the body. Stress, poor lifestyle, disease, etc, creates blocks and associated problems within the energy system resulting in lack of balance.
Reflexes in the feet and hands are arranged to form a map of the body. By applying controlled pressure in a precise and systematic way to these reflexes, blockages are released and transmitted through the autonomic nervous system, triggering the body’s natural healing mechanism. Releasing blockages brings about a smooth energy flow and takes place on all levels, physical, mental and emotional as well as spiritual.
Reflexology is an ideal holistic treatment in that treats the whole person, not just isolated symptoms. Painful areas of the body are treated without the need
to touch the affected area.
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Reflexology can be beneficial in treating a variety of conditions such as back pain, sciatica, digestive problems, migraine, asthma, chronic fatigue, psoriasis, to name but a few.
It can also be used to:
• Reduce stress
• Release deep seated unhelpful emotions
• Relieve aches and pains, both specific and general
• Improve sleeping pattern with better quality sleep
• Release endorphin’s, the body’s feel good hormones
• Improve circulation
A typical reflexology therapy session is 45 to 60 minutes long and begins with a consultation about your health and lifestyle.
The reflexology treatment includes a blissful soak in a soothing foot bath, the relaxation of both feet and ankles, followed by entire coverage of both feet using pressure point movements. This holistic treatment should not be painful nor cause discomfort, but should rather be calming and comforting.
During the reflexology session, different sensations may be experienced in certain reflex areas. There may be a sharp pain, or the feet may feel very sensitive.
Sensitivity varies from person to person, and from treatment to treatment. The pressure will be adjusted to suit the patient – who will be asked to comment on the sensations that he/she experiences.
Reflexology therapies are usually completed using gentle massage techniques which will leave you relaxed and soothed, thus enhancing the body’s capacity to utilize its natural healing potential.
How will I feel after Reflexology therapy?
In order to gain maximum benefit from your reflexology session, try to rest and take things easy, as this helps to boost the body’s natural healing abilities. Increasing the amount of water that you drink can help flush the toxins out of the system, thereby aiding the detoxifying process.
After one or two sessions, your body may respond in a very definite way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation. Sometimes people report
feeling lethargic, nauseous or even tearful, but this is transitory and is part of the healing process.
This is vital information to feed back to the holistic therapist after treatment, as it shows how your body is responding to treatment. This will help to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.