Reflexology helps your body maintain its natural balance by applying gentle pressure to stimulate reflex points on the feet or hands which correspond to each part of the body.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy and works well alongside orthodox medicine. It is gentle, relaxing, yet very powerful and encourages the body to rebalance and heal.
We are all individual and respond in different ways so an initial course of treatments at weekly or fortnightly intervals may be recommended.
How can Reflexology help me?
Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.
Reflexology has been shown to be effective for:
Stress-related conditions: asthma, eczema, psoriasis etc
Reflexology does not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.
Who can benefit from Reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. After you have completed a course of Reflexology treatment for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being.
While many people use Reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress, at the same time many doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognise Reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy.
With ever increasing levels of stress, it is important people take more responsibility for their own health care needs. Reflexology helps us to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level thereby encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of our lives.
What happens when I go for treatment?
On the first visit, the Reflexology practitioner will have a preliminary talk with you to determine your present and past health and lifestyle.
The Reflexologist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet. The application and the effect of the therapy is unique to each person.
A professionally trained reflexologist can detect subtle changes in specific points on the feet, and by working on these points may affect the corresponding organ or system of the body.
A treatment session usually lasts for about one hour. A course of treatment may be recommended depending on your body’s needs.
How will I feel after a Reflexology treatment?
After one or two treatments 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 tearful, but this is transitory and is a part of the healing process.
This is vital information to feed back to the reflexologist as it shows how your body is responding to treatment. This will help the reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.
It hurts when I’m having a treatment what does this mean?
Reflexology can, at times, be uncomfortable. If you experience any discomfort it is important that you inform your reflexologist on each and every occasion, as this response to the treatment helps them to build an understanding of how your body is working. Discomfort can be an indication that there is an upset in the energy flow in a particular part of the body. The point of discomfort often corresponds to an area in the body which may be out of balance or not working as well as it could be. Often this does not mean that there is something physically wrong with the body, rather it can give an indication of the cause behind a problem. For example if you are visiting a Reflexologist to help with back pain, you may find areas of discomfort not only in the spine reflexes but in other areas that correspond to the spine physically, or which give an indication as to why you are suffering from a bad back in the first place. Every individual is unique in this respect and your reflexologist will discuss the patterns that emerge from each session with you.
Can Reflexology have an affect on any medications I’m taking?
Reflexology works by helping the body function at an optimal level. There are some circumstances where this may mean that you don’t need as high a dose of medication as you would do when not attending for Reflexology. However any change in dosage or frequency of medication must always be discussed with your doctor prior to altering medication. Contrary to popular belief, Reflexology cannot “flush the system” of medication.
Reflexology in pregnancy?
Nearly everyone can benefit from having Reflexology during pregnancy. There are some studies which suggest that Reflexology helps to reduce complications during pregnancy and can make for an easier and shorter birth.
Some Reflexologists refuse to treat prior to 13 weeks due to a fear that Reflexology may cause miscarriage. There is no evidence to even suggest that this may be the case, however as miscarriages are more common in the first term of pregnancy, some Reflexologists are not prepared to take the risk that the client may blame them for a miscarriage should it occur. It is essential that the client has a full explanation of Reflexology and how it works, and understands that Reflexology cannot bring on a miscarriage. If there is any doubt in the client’s mind then treatment is contraindicated.
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