What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy which mainly focuses on the reflex points on the feet. It has been estimated that there are over 70,0000 nerve endings in each foot which connect to other parts of the body. Gentle pressure is applied to the feet using special massage techniques. The therapy is based on a system of zones and reflex points which reflect an image of the body onto the feet. By working these areas, changes may be affected on areas of the body.
How can Reflexology help you?
The body has the ability to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state of imbalance, and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology may be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and encourage healing. It aims to re-balance the body, improve sleep and mood, relieve stress and enhance wellbeing.
A reflexologist uses their hands to apply gentle pressure to detect imbalances in the feet and by working on these points the reflexologist tries to release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. This gentle therapy aims to encourage the body to heal itself at its own pace.
One of my clients likened it to cleaning their computer drive:
“It’s a bit like having someone come and re-boot your internal systems. Deleting old files, clearing out the junk folder so the system works better.”
Who can benefit from Reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may help bring some relief from the symptoms of a wide range of conditions. After having completed a course of reflexology treatments for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to maintain health and well-being. Whilst many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress, at the same time many doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognise reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy.
Do I need to be ill to feel the benefits?
Absolutely not! I have clients who are in very good health but still feel the benefits of a regular or sporadic treatment. Others use it as a preventative measure because they feel it strengthens their immune system as they seem to catch less coughs and colds.
I have completed many post-graduate training courses including pre-conception, maternity, baby reflex, mindful reflexology and RLD (Reflexology Lymph Drainage.) I have a special interest in the area of fertility and pregnancy and it is an area I feel passionately about. I have also noticed an increase in clients coming to me who are feeling stressed and anxious and for this reason I trained in Mindful Reflexology. It is an excellent tool to help combat stress and includes many self-help techniques. The most recent training I have had is in RLD (Reflexology Lymph Drainage). It is an award winning reflexology technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. The aim is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body. It is a unique sequence that has been researched and developed by Sally Kay BSc(Hons), whilst working in Cancer Care. It can be used in cases where Lymphatic Drainage Massage might be used. These include lymphoedema (swelling of the tissues as a result of poor lymph drainage), Fibromyalgia, M.E., arthritis and eczema.
You can also combine a reflexology session with a Thai Foot Massage for double the relaxation! The Reflexology Thai Foot fusion is a 90 minute blissful blend of therapies that will leave you feeling relaxed and rebalanced.