Reflexology is a healing and deeply relaxing complementary health therapy, suitable for all ages.
Modern reflexology is based on an ancient form of therapy. There is evidence of some form of foot and hand therapy being practised in China as long ago as 2330 B.C. In Europe, in the Middle Ages, ‘zone therapy’ was practised which would later form the basis of modern-day reflexology. It was discovered that by applying pressure to points on the hands or feet, you could bring about an anaesthetic effect on another part of the body. This is how a 10 zoned map of the body was created, with corresponding connections throughout the body.
Therefore the underlying theory behind reflexology is that the feet and hands have a map of the human body. The theory is that reflexologists apply direct pressure to certain areas called “reflex” areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body and bring about a balance in that body region.
Restore the body’s natural equilibrium
Reflexology works on an ‘energy’ level, to help restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. The primary effect of reflexology is that it is deeply relaxing. When relaxed the body is better able to heal itself. This phenomenon can be explained scientifically through the effects of the parasympathetic system, which only functions when the body is relaxed.
Reflexology also acts to improve circulation in the body, both internally through the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems and also more peripherally, within the soles of the feet and palms of the hands, where an increase in circulation is of benefit.
Reflexology has been shown to relax the mind and reduce psychological stress; it gives ‘time-out’ to calm the mind and provide headspace away from the stress of modern lifestyles.
Treatments are tailored to each specific client and the effects are unique to each individual. This holistic approach encourages the body to help restore its natural balance and it can help bring relief from a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, headaches, sleep disorders, hormone imbalances and stress or anxiety.
Furthermore, reflexology has the additional benefit that it is a natural, non-invasive and drug free therapy.
What to expect during the treatment?
During the initial treatment a detailed medical and lifestyle history is taken and you will be asked to sign a consent form. This is to ensure that any pre-existing medical condition is considered and to enable the treatment to be individualised and tailored appropriately for each client. It also gives the client an opportunity to ask questions.
The treatment is carried out with bare feet in a reclining & comfortable chair or treatment couch. It is beneficial to wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing, especially around the legs, so that the calf muscles can be accessed for treatment.
During the treatment the Client may feel some tender areas within a reflex area. They may also be aware of some crunchy/firmer regions. This is normal and could be indicative of an imbalance in that reflex area.
After the treatment
At the end of the treatment any findings and ‘imbalanced areas’ will be discussed with the Client and advice provided on reflex/acupressure points to work on to help support the treatment. An individualised treatment plan will be formulated and specific holistic aftercare advice provided to ensure maximum benefit is gained.
The effects of reflexology are unique to each individual; most people experience a sense of wellbeing, relaxation & calmness, while feeling uplifted & energised.