Reflexology is a popular complimentary therapy, which stimulates the body into healing itself by improving circulation, reducing stress, pain and restoring natural balance.
Reflexology dates back over 4000 years and has been practiced by many ancient civilisations in China, Egypt, India and Native America. Modern day reflexology began in the United States at the turn of the 20th century and came across to the UK in the 1960’s. It has continued to grow in popularity and in 2011 a standardised level of training came into practice in the UK.
How does reflexology work?
The main theory behind reflexology is that there are certain “reflexes” on the feet and hands that are connected via the nervous system and energy channels to specific organs and areas of the body. By applying pressure to these reflexes, a reflexologist can remove congestion and energy blockages to promote health in the related area and the body as a whole.
Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person, taking in to account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing. It is suitable for most people regardless of age (0- 100).
The reflexology treatment
Most treatments will last approximately one hour. The first consultation will be a bit longer as the therapist will need to ask about your medical history, your lifestyle and any current health issues you have.
You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks and then will be made comfortable in a reclining chair. The therapist will then examine both of your feet before working on all areas of the feet. Alternatively, if necessary for medical reasons or just as a preference, the hands can be worked in the same way.
The therapist will relax the feet or hands with gentle massage before working on the reflex points using specific techniques. Sufficient pressure will be applied, so ticklishness should not be a problem. Sometimes an area can feel tender, but this will pass. It should be an overall relaxing experience.
After your treatment you will be able to discuss with the therapist how you felt and an evaluation will be made on the outcome of the treatment. As with most treatments, reflexology is not designed to be a quick fix, so further treatments may be recommended.
Usually, after a treatment your tension should be reduced and you should feel more relaxed. You should find that you are sleeping better and that your mood and sense of well being starts to improve. A good enough reason to try reflexology don't you think?
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