What is Reflexology
Much more than a foot massage
Reflexology is a gentle non-invasive complementary health therapy, which can aid deep relaxation and wellbeing and can also help the body to restore its natural balance.
Reflexology is evident throughout history and both Western and Eastern cultures are believed to have practised this therapy. The reflexology that we practice today is said to be based on an ancient form of therapy that was first practised in China in 2,330 BCE.
Reflexology continues to be enjoyed today by many and it has proven to be the most popular form of complementary therapy as people have discovered its many benefits.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy, the aim of the reflexologist is to treat the whole person; body, mind and spirit, the benefits therefore are both physical and emotional. It is not designed to replace modern medicine, but rather to compliment it.
Reflexology is based on the principle that there are different points on the feet and hands that correspond with different areas of the body. These points are called ‘reflexes’ and they reflect, or mirror the organs and structures of the body.
The Reflexologist uses a variety of techniques to apply direct pressure to these specific nerve ‘reflexes’ in the feet or hands so that the corresponding areas of the body will feel the benefit. The aim is to stimulate the body’s own healing process in order to keep it balanced.
Any imbalances in the body systems can be identified during treatment and therefore worked on in order that the physical and emotional blockages can be realised. Treatments can be aimed at specific aliments and conditions; however regular treatments help to maintain health alongside a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet.
It’s important to mention that Reflexology does not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe, it is more a helping hand for the body’s self-healing. Reflexology helps balance the systems of the body helping them to work more efficiently, which in turn speeds up the healing process.
Reflexology can be enjoyed by anyone at any age, however there may be some occasions where it might not be suitable. To find out whether Reflexology is suitable for you please contact me and I will be happy to discuss your individual circumstances.
The main outcome of a reflexology session is to bring about a sense of calm and deep relaxation. You may feel a release in tension and your mood improved. Just like treatments are tailored for you and your needs, treatment outcomes can vary per individual.
However; with the increasing amounts of stress in everyday life it is now more than ever important to look after yourself and Reflexology is one way to ease the stresses of the world we live in.
The most popular type of Reflexology is performed on the feet