Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points of the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. As a reflexologist I work holistically with my clients alongside mainstream healthcare to promote better health.
There are 7,000-7,200 nerve endings in the human foot and each of these is a reflex point that corresponds to a body part. Reflexology uses special finger/thumb manipulations to stimulate reflex points, which will stimulate the flow of energy to the corresponding body part. Imbalances with in the body manifest themselves through crystals at the affected reflex point which vary from being slightly crunchy like sugar to grittiness of various sizes. During a course of treatments my aim is to break down these crystals to gradually help to restore homeostasis and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself, physically and emotionally.
What are the benefits of Reflexology?
- Reflexology works on reducing crystals that build up along the energy pathways and nerve systems of the body; when the body is under stress or has ill health, systems of the body are put under pressure and the body can start to manifest stress, toxins and disease.
- The great part about reflexology is that anybody can receive it; as reflexology is a non-invasive treatment, it can be especially beneficial for pregnant ladies and babies.
What happens during a treatment?
- A complete reflexology therapy session uses many different techniques to work over the feet and also the hands when needed; by working all of the points, the reflexologist addresses internal organs and glands as well as muscle groups, bones, nerves and all the systems of the body for example the endocrine system.
- A regular session is 1 hour and will include a full consultation to address any medical concerns and specific areas of imbalance. To enhance your treatment specific essential oils can be blended and used within the session.
- It is recommended to have a course of 4 initial weekly sessions to help bring homeostasis back to the body and from there a treatment plan can be discussed for your individual needs
How will I feel after my treatment?
- Experiences with reflexology sessions vary from a general sense of relaxation and rest to a conscious awareness internally of the area of the body where the practitioner is working through the foot, hand or ear.
- Many people experience a “lightness” or tingling in the body, as well as feelings of warmth, a sense of “opening,” or “energy moving” from the practitioner’s pressure to the specific body area or organ. There is often a physical perception of energy flowing through every organ, valve, gland, or muscle, as well as a sense of communication between each body system.
- Various reactions may occur following a reflexology session, these are generally subtle. Many of the reactions are positive signs that the session is part of a healing process; other symptoms are indicative of the body’s attempts to return to a state of balance and harmony. Symptoms usually last for 24-48 hours.
Reactions may include:
- Increased energy
- Enhanced sleep
- Relief from pain
- More mobile joints
- Tiredness (some clients find that they need more sleep in order for the body to rest and repair)
- Skin rashes, pimples, or spots (due to elimination of toxins)
- Kidney stones passed with ease
- Frequent bowel movements, diarrhea (cleansing, elimination of toxins)
- Increased mucus (nasal discharge)
- Flu-like symptoms
- Emotional or psychological release (crying)
Reflexology is fantastic for helping the mind and body relax, and can continue to be a regular part of our overall health.