What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy which facilitates the healing of the physical and emotional body. It is based on the concept that every part of the body is connected to reflex areas on the feet. By working over these reflexes in a precise and systematic way, the reflexologist stimulates the body’s own healing energies. Recipients of reflexology experience a deep relaxation of the body and mind.
Doctors are acknowledging that as much as 80% of diseases are caused by stress. Stress lowers immunity. While under stress we are all more susceptible to infections. Reflexology is an excellent relaxation therapy and therefore helps alleviate the symptoms of stress, thus reducing the detrimental effects on our health.
A reflexology treatment helps the body as a whole, endeavouring to find the root of the ailment by locating imbalances within the body. As tension is eased pressure on the nerves and vessels are relaxed, thus improving the flow of blood and oxygen to all parts of the body.
Who can benefit from Reflexology?
Since reflexology treats the whole person, not just the symptoms of disease, most people benefit from treatments. Reflexology is suitable for:
Children and Adults
Acute and Chronic conditions
Stress related conditions
Preconceptual care / Pregnancy and labour / Postnatal care
Preventative therapy Conditions which have been shown through medical research projects to benefit from reflexology treatments include:
- Back pain
- Blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Gastric problems
- Knee arthralgia
- Lumbar strain
- Neurophysical functioning
- Pregnancy and Labour
- Premenstrual tension
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
- Ureter and kidney stone attacks
An increasing number of people are using this safe and natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonising the body.
What will happen when you come for a treatment?
When you come for treatment there will be a preliminary talk with the practitioner. Then you will remove your socks and shoes, lie down and RELAX, while the reflexologist begins to work on your feet. For each person the application and effect of the therapy is unique. There may be discomfort in places, but it is fleeting and is an indication of congestion or imbalance in a corresponding part of the body. It is important to mention this to the practitioner. For the most part, the sensation is pleasant and soothing. Tensions are eased and circulation and elimination are improved.
Treatments last about an hour. A number of sessions will probably be necessary as the benefits of reflexology build up gradually. The total number of sessions and their frequency will depend on your body’s requirements and the reflexologist will discuss this with you. Once your body is back in tune you may choose to continue occasional treatment to maintain good health.