What is reflexology?
Reflexology is based on the principle that there are certain points, known as “reflexes” on the feet, which correspond to specific parts of the body. By applying gentle pressure to these reflex points, the body’s own natural healing system is stimulated. This triggers the release of endorphins and helps the body to clear blockages and naturally correct health imbalances.
Benefits of Reflexology:
- Reduces stress to induce relaxation
- Assists the body in cleansing toxins and impurities (a major cause of disease)
- Improves circulation
- Balances the whole body (mentally, physically and spiritually)
- Revitalizes energy
- Releases spasm and tension in the muscles and improves blood supply to the area
Reflexology is suitable for people of all ages. It is a gentle and very relaxing therapy which can help to relieve the symptoms of many chronic and acute conditions.
A reflexology treatment will generally last 50-60 minutes. You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks, and then lie on a comfortable reflexology treatment couch. After that, you can sit back and relax while the reflexologist works on each foot in turn, applying gentle pressure to specific reflex points on your feet. Many people fall asleep during treatment, whilst others simply enjoy this time of rest and relaxation.
Following treatment, any significant findings will be discussed with you. As the effects of reflexology are cumulative, it is usually beneficial to continue with regular treatments.
How will I feel after Reflexology?
After your reflexology treatment, try to take it easy for the rest of the day. Drinking plenty of water will help to boost your digestion and aid the detoxification process.
To maximize the benefits of your treatment, try to find time to relax. Most people find that they feel a very definite sense of calm and well-being. Others may feel emotional or lethargic, but this is a temporary effect, and is part of the body’s natural healing process.
It is important to let your reflexologist know how you’re responding to the sessions, so that she can tailor the treatments according to your specific needs.