What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a natural, non-intrusive complementary therapy based on the theory that the organs, areas and systems of the body are reflected on the feet and hands.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy, considering the whole person. Each treatment is bespoke as it responds to not only the person’s physical symptoms but also to their emotional and mental wellbeing.
Using a unique combination of finger and thumb pressure to stimulate the reflex areas, reflexology aims to improve blood circulation, restore balance, encourage relaxation and invigorate the health of the client.
How can reflexology help me?
Reflexology’s aim is to rebalance the body’s systems, relax mind and body and encourage the body to heal itself.
Clients have enjoyed reflexology for a range of conditions including stress and anxiety, insomnia, adrenal fatigue, muscular tension, poor digestion, period pain, PMS, asthma, headaches and migraines.
It may work alongside conventional medicine to promote relaxation for people going through chronic illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis or cancer treatment.
What happens at the treatment?
At the first treatment I’ll take a full medical history and details about your lifestyle and dietary habits, and then we’ll chat about your general sense of wellbeing and your reasons for coming. You will remain clothed for the session apart from taking off your shoes and socks, and you will lie on a couch propped with pillows for your comfort.
The treatment includes some relaxation techniques as well as some more in-depth techniques for different reflexes and areas of the foot. These more in-depth techniques can cause some sensitivity, but the sensation passes quickly.
How will I feel after the treatment?
The effects of reflexology are unique to each person.
Most people feel wonderfully relaxed and some can find it uplifting and energising. Some people might feel tired or lethargic directly after a treatment, but this can pass and be replaced with increased energy and the ability to sleep more deeply that night.
Occasionally, other reactions to treatment may occur, such as headaches, runny nose or increased elimination. This is rare and can be due to the toxins being released from the body, and the body rebalancing and cleansing itself. Drinking lots of water after your session is advised to help clear the toxins.
What happens at a treatment session?
When coming for your first reflexology session you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire. This helps to give the practitioner and understanding of your health issues and any specific needs. You will be asked to remove your footwear and socks and your treatment will be performed in a comfortable chair or couch. Gentle pressure will be applied to the various reflex points of both feet. The session normally lasts one hour (including consultation) and will end with some gentle foot exercises and massage. Sometimes after receiving reflexology you may experience a slight healing reaction such as sinuses clearing, a runny nose and eyes or a more frequent need to pass urine. This is a result of the body eliminating toxins and any reaction felt should not last long. It is advisable to drink water after a treatment to help flush out any toxins. After treatment, you normally feel very relaxed, possibly sleepy, and sometimes energised. Depending on the reasons for you wanting reflexology, normally it is recommended at least 5 treatments and for this reason I have included a reduced rate for booking a course of five treatments.