Reflexology is a treatment that is usually applied to the feet and uses the principle that particular areas of the feet (and also hands and ears) reflect certain areas in the body; the whole body is reflected in the feet. By stimulating these areas on the feet, the body can respond in a positive way to bring about a change that may help re-balance it.
Reflexology is normally experienced as an extremely relaxing treatment and may help people who are living with the following conditions:
Stress, however causedAches/pains, including back pain AsthmaSkin disordersMenstrual problemsHormonal imbalancesSluggish lymphaticsDepressed immune systemLow energy/FatigueAnxiety/depressionDigestive disorders e.g. IBS
The treatment can help to restore balance to the whole body. It works on many levels, including the physical and emotional, and can be particularly helpful during times of stress when the body's normal coping mechanisms are stretched.
What is a reflexology treatment like?
You will be either lying or sitting comfortably with your bare feet supported whilst the reflexologist applies a fairly firm pressure over specific areas of both feet. There may be areas of tenderness, but generally the overall feeling is one of relaxation - quite a surprise to many.
Can anyone have a reflexology treatment?
Yes! Reflexology can be given to the very young (even babies) throughout the age spectrum, to the very elderly. The therapist will adapt the treatment according to the age/needs of the client, with a much gentler application to those who are more delicaate or frail. Reflexology can also be carried out on the hands which is sometimes more appropriate in certain cases.
The main precaution/contra-indication to reflexology is during the first three months of pregnancy when it is generally advised not to have a treatment.
Reflexology has become very popular in this country during the last 15 or so years as more people have experienced its benefits. For some people it has come to form a stable element in contributing to their general health and well-being, through weekly, fortnightly or monthly treatments.
We could go on with a passion - such a seemingly basic therapy - nothing more needed than a pair of feet and a therapist's hands to elicit some quite wonderful responses, which even now can continue to surprise us and our clients.