What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a wonderful holistic therapy that can be used to balance the body and promote the body to heal itself. Reflexes on the feet or hands, which mirror parts of the body, are gently stimulated during a treatment. It is commonly used to help with:
Release of tension
Reflexology can be supportive to the wellbeing of people with many different conditions.
Is reflexology right for me?
The use of reflexology treatments is part of a healing process and may require a course of treatments for the most benefit, so a treatment plan and full consultation is essential. There are some conditions that can’t be treated with reflexology, these can be explored at initial assessment.
What happens during a treatment?
On your first visit, a consultation will be completed to find out a brief medical history and to enable me to complete a treatment plan for you. During your treatment you will remove your shoes and socks and be seated comfortably on a reclining chair, your feet will then be cleansed and an aromatherapy wax will be applied to aid the manipulation. Gentle pressure will be used on your feet to access reflex points. Some of the reflex points may feel a little tender which can indicate an imbalance, but this feeling passes quickly and the treatment should be relaxing. After a treatment it is normal to feel tired and it is important to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and flush out any toxins. You may find that you need to go to the toilet a bit more often that day. Some people find that they can feel a bit emotional after a session but generally after one or two sessions. This is all normal and thought to be part of the healing process.
History of reflexology
Reflexology was first practiced over 5000 years ago and we have early evidence from Ancient Egypt showing footwork being practiced.
Over the last 100 years there has been a great deal of research into the links between what is happening internally in the body to external reflexes.
The reflexes we use today were mapped out by a pioneering physiotherapist called Eunice Ingham whose life’s work was developing reflexology methods and sharing her teachings with others.
Reflexology continues to be developed and researched and the knowledge base continues to expand.