What Is Reflexology?
People of all ages can benefit from this non-invasive, holistic therapy. The method has been used for several thousands of years and is known to have been practised in a similar manner by the Chinese and the Egyptians.
Reflexology stimulates points on the feet to alter muscle tone, promote relaxation, alter posture and create better mechanics.
There are reflex areas in the feet which correspond to all parts of the body. These areas are arranged in such a way as to form a map of the body. The right foot corresponds to the right side of the body and the left foot corresponds to the left side of the body. By having the whole body represented in the feet, reflexology offers a means of treating the whole body and of treating the body as a whole. This latter point is an important factor in a natural therapy and allows not only symptoms to be treated but also the causes of symptoms.
What Conditions Can Reflexology Help?
- Sinus problems
- Circulatory problems
- Hormonal imbalances
- Digestive problems
- Breathing disorders
- Back problems
- Tension and stress
Can all be treated with Reflexology.
What To Expect From Reflexology Treatment?
On your first visit to a Reflexologist you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks. The therapist will take details of your medical history, make you comfortable on a treatment couch and will examine your feet.
The reflexology massage requires a firm pressure using the side and end of the thumb and possibly the fingers. All areas on both feet will be massaged and any areas corresponding to parts of your body which are out of balance will feel uncomfortable or tender when massaged. The degree of tenderness indicates the degree of imbalance.
Sensitivity of the feet varies from person to person and a reflexologist knows the correct pressure to apply. The treatment should not be very uncomfortable to even the most sensitive of feet.
The treatment session lasts approximately three-quarters of an hour and by the end of a session your feet should feel warm and you should feel relaxed.
The number of treatments required will vary depending on the condition being treated.
After a treatment, it is sometimes possible that the eliminating systems of the body become more active in order to rid the body of unwanted toxic matter. These reactions should not be severe.
Many people who receive reflexology treatments for specific conditions decide to continue treatments in order to maintain the level of health and well-being they have achieved. It is also a very relaxing therapy.