Reflexology is a complementary therapy, which means that it works best when used alongside your normal healthcare plan. It is based on the theory that different zones on your feet or hands represent different organs and systems in your body. By applying special massage techniques to these areas, the reflexologist hopes to have an energetic effect on the organs and systems they represent.
There’s a lot of ways that reflexology can support you and together we can work out how it can best help you. So if that’s a time for you to have complete relaxation in your busy week, or If it’s supporting you and your body to provide a good foundation for dealing with illness or injury, I can provide that .
What happens during a session?
When you arrive for a Reflexology session you will complete a medical questionnaire.
You will then be asked to remove your socks/tights and shoes and will sit on a reclining chair. Then the reflexologist will then examine your feet and they will be cleansed with warm cloths, then foot balm will be applied and the reflexologist will then massage the feet to relax them and press on reflex points that correspond with parts of the body. This will not tickle as a firm pressure is used , you may feel tenderness in certain areas and these areas will be worked on to release congestion in the body.
Who can have Reflexology?
The simple answer is anyone; men, women, babies and children can benefit.
However, anyone with ongoing deep vein thrombosis or any form of blood clot could not be treated until their medication to control the clotting was properly balanced.
I am well so how can it help me?
Reflexology is believed to be a preventative form of therapy, helping you to retain your feeling of wellness.
It is believed that approximately 75% of all illnesses are linked to stress so removal of some of the stresses in life can be beneficial to good health.
What sort of problems might it help?
Reflexologists can only claim to treat for stress and relaxation however many people find that how they cope with their illness or pain changes for the better with reflexology.
It is particularly helpful with the ‘sort of feeling under the weather’ issues with lots of minor symptoms you may not wish to take to the Doctor, such as backache, headaches, not sleeping, poor concentration, lack of energy. It is believed to re-balance the systems of the body so they work in harmony with each other. It works on an individual basis, with everyone reacting differently to the treatment.
Does it hurt?
Treatments may be firm or light depending on your preference. Areas of imbalance may feel tender to the feet, and Reflexology imbalances may be present for several reasons and after a release of the energy block the ‘imbalance’ may be helped by the healing energy being able to flow freely. This release may be uncomfortable during the application of pressure however this is under the clients control and the treatment can be lightened if it is too uncomfortable. Many of my clients say it’s a ‘feeling of good ache, like its doing some good’
I have sub-fertility issues and have heard that Reflexology might just help – is this the case?
While there is no scientific evidence to support this, there is a growing band of women who believe they now have children due to having had Reflexology. Often these women have tried for years to become pregnant and may have even tried other types of fertility treatment without success. Then they try Reflexology, and after a course of treatment the body begins to work harmoniously. Stress is heavily involved in fertility problems so it might be the reduction in stress brought about by the reflexology that allows for a pregnancy to result but this is as yet unproven.
Again you will never know if it works for you unless you book an appointment and try reflexology for yourself!
Can reflexology help chronic illnesses?
Reflexology does not claim to cure but it can be used as a support mechanism for many illnesses both acute and chronic. Again the only way you will know how it will affect you in your particular situation will be to try it.
Reflexology can be surprising with its effects!
Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeing your Doctor or taking medical advice. It is a complementary therapy and can be used alongside other medical treatments.