What is Reflexology?
A safe, natural therapy that helps relax, balance and harmonise the body
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Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and encourage healing
Proven, gentle, non-invasive therapy
Reflexology encourages the body to heal itself.
It is a safe, natural therapy and helps relax, balance and harmonise the body.
The theory behind reflexology is that energy moves through the body via a specific series of zones and the feet as a gateway to these channels or energy pathways.
If you have been under stress, ill or injured, or if you are suffering from a chronic condition your body will be in a state of imbalance. The vital energy pathways will be blocked and your body will be unable to function properly.
Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and encourage healing. It helps you feel healthier and vibrant by unblocking the energy pathways.
Reflexology can be safely used with people of all ages – from babies to the elderly.
Reflexology can act as a form of pain control. There are two ways that reflexology can do this:
- By encouraging the body to produce endorphins, which are the body’s own natural painkiller.
- By stimulating the pituitary gland reflex during the reflexology treatment it increases the amount of endorphins released into the body.
Also by interrupting the pain cycle through the application of pressure to the feet.
Reflexology helps the body to heal itself and by working on the systems, specifically the nervous system, it can help the patient with sports injuries and back pain.
Studies have been undertaken to examine the beneficial effects of reflexology on people suffering from migraine and tension headaches.
A study in Denmark demonstrated that 81 per cent of patients confirmed that reflexology had either completely cured or helped their symptoms.
Many people relieve stress through reflexology every day without realizing it.
They rub a sore spot and thus relieve a temporary imbalance.?Reflexologists use special massage techniques on the feet to relieve tension in the mind and body.
Long-term stress affects the endocrine system, and so the reflexologist will try to balance any imbalances in reflex areas associated with the organs that make up the endocrine system: the pineal gland, the pancreas, the adrenal gland, etc.
An indicator of long-term stress is the condition of the adrenal gland reflex area. The adrenal gland is triggered during the ?flight or fight? response. The reflexologist works on these points to balance them and in so doing brings relaxation and relief from stress to the?client.
Many disorders are stressed related and increasing numbers of people are suffering from stress related conditions. The severity of these conditions and the effect of stress vary with each individual.
Some of the most common effects of stress include:-
- headaches or migraines
- panic attacks and depression.
Stress causes tension and therefore causes muscles to tighten up, thus affecting the nervous system, which causes pain. Blood vessels then constrict so the blood cannot flow as freely round the body carrying the oxygen and nutrients. The effects of the reflexology treatment induces the relaxation of muscles,easing physical tension so the nervous system can function normally, thus benefiting the other systems in the body. Other effects include:
- Blood vessels relax, so the oxygen and nutrients can be carried freely around the body by the blood to all the tissues
- The lymphatic system works more effectively, helping to rid the body of toxins and impurities
- Breathing becomes more even and deeper
- Balancing hormone levels
- Revitalising the client, so they feel?calm, relaxed, balanced and re-energised
Reflexology is a holistic therapy, treating the mind, body, and spirit. Reflexology in its earliest form dates back to ancient Indian, Chinese, Egyptian, and native American cultures, where evidence of massaging and treating the feet to bring about healing exists.
Systems in the body can easily be thrown out of balance by a wide variety of factors including prolonged illness, stress, long working hours, etc. The resulting imbalances prevent efficiency of vital body functions.
The reflex points within the foot relate directly to an area of the body, with the right foot corresponding with the right side and the left foot with the left side of the body.
These imbalances can be detected on the feet, where corresponding parts of the body can be identified, and pressure applied to specific reflexes to restore the body to a state of equilibrium.
Reflexology can improve the functioning of the heart and circulatory system and balance hypertension by focusing on relaxation and reducing stress.
Reflexology encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance and natural equilibrium.
It has been shown to be effective for arthritis as it helps restore and maintain the body?s natural equilibrium.
Over 70% of the population suffer from back pain, mostly in the lower back.
Reflexology is very good for alleviating such pain by encouraging the energy and blood flow to the seat of the pain, thereby helping the body to heal itself.
Through the reflexes in the feet the therapist can reduce inflammation as well as muscle and nerve tension which surrounds painful areas.
Certain special techniques are particularly good for sciatica, lumbar pain and neck problems and can produce very quick results in some people.
In the UK, infertility is defined as being unable to conceive for a period of one year or more. Unexplained infertility accounts for around 15 per cent of cases and can be one of the most frustrating experiences for a maternal woman.
One of the major benefits of reflexology is the balancing of the endocrine system, the glands that produce the body’s hormones. Hormones play a key role in fertility and pregnancy and can be affected by stress, and as the pressures of life today have increased, so has the number of couples seeking help with conception. Reflexology treatments can help influence hormonal balance in the woman and improve sperm motility in her partner.
The treatment helps to create a more natural balance of hormones, allowing optimal conditions for conception and pregnancy.
There has been substantiated research into the effectiveness of reflexology and it has been suggested that up to 50% of clients find themselves pregnant within six months of commencing treatment. I have had excellent results with fertility, with a lady over 40 years of age becoming pregnant in four months.
What does a reflexology session involve?
Your initial appointment will begin with a short consultation and discussion of any health issues you may have.
Then you will make yourself comfortable, lying down, in a relaxing environment and the reflexogist will begin to work on your feet, noting any problem areas.
Any discomfort will be brief and will be an indication of any congestion or imbalance in the corresponding part of your body.
The massage is pleasant and soothing and many clients fall asleep during their treatment.
The session usually lasts between 40 and 60 minutes, depending on your body’s needs. Most people have a feeling of relaxation and well-being. Sometimes people feel sleepy and tearful, but this is transitory and part of the healing process.
Strenuous activity is best avoided immediately after the treatment and it’s best to drink plenty of water to rid the body of any toxins released during the treatment.