What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a holistic therapy that treats feet and hands in order to balance the whole body. The theory behind it is that our feet and hands act like mini-maps of the whole body’s anatomy; organs, nerves and glands are connected to reflex areas on the feet or hands. The aim is to stimulate body’s own healing processes to bring about equilibrium, harmony and a sense of well-being.
Massaging and stimulating reflex areas of the feet or hands can create direct response in the corresponding area of the body. For example, working on the ascending, transverse, descending and sigmoid colon reflexes, which are found in the middle area of the feet, can activate body’s own healing ability to alleviate constipation.
Reflexology is not a medical treatment; it does not diagnose or cure illness. It helps the body to help and heal itself.
What are the general benefits of Reflexology?
- It relieves stress and tension
- Promotes general relaxation
- Improves circulation, thus increasing efficiency of all cells and organs
- Encourages waste removal and toxin elimination
- Improves nerve stimulation (approximately 7000 nerves are stimulated during a treatment)
- Strengthens immune system
- Helps pain relief
What conditions can Reflexology help with?
Reflexology can facilitate relief for following conditions:
Migraines and headaches, stress-related conditions, sleep disorders, back and neck pain, symptoms of menopause, PMS, fertility problems, hormonal imbalances, sinus pain, hayfever and asthma, digestive disorders etc.
Your first appointment will begin with a consultation, which takes about 15-20 minutes. During the consultation you will be asked about your medical history, your current state of health, your lifestyle and emotional wellbeing. Your expectations, likes and dislikes will be discussed too. This is necessary to establish your suitability for the treatment (please read “Contraindications for Reflexology” below) and to tailor the treatment to your individual requirements. Any information you disclose will be treated in strict confidence.
The treatment lasts about 1 hour and is performed while you are reclining on a reflexology chair or lying down on a massage couch.
Even one reflexology treatment can be profoundly relaxing and healing, but effects and benefits of reflexology are cumulative; so a course of treatments is recommended. Number and frequency of sessions depend on your individual circumstances.
Contraindications to Reflexology
There are some circumstances in which a reflexology treatment is not recommended. For example:
- Infections of the foot or contagious illness (in such cases treatment can be done on hands)
- Cardiovascular conditions (deep vein thrombosis, phlebitis, heart conditions)
- Medical oedema
- Pregnancy in the first trimester or high risk pregnancy
- Trauma to the feet (broken bones, osteoporosis)
If you are being treated by your GP, hospital or any other health practitioner, it is recommended that you inform all the parties concerned that you are considering having a reflexology treatment.