Reflexology is a non-intrusive complimentary therapy that helps the body restore its natural balance. It is based on the theory that all the systems, organs, glands, muscles and bones of the body are represented by reflexes on the feet, hands, face and ears. Circulation is improved by using specific massage and pressure techniques on these reflexes enabling the body to begin its own healing process. Imbalances found in the body system can be worked on, in order to release physical, hormonal or emotional blockages.
Reflexology treats the whole person, mind, body and spirit, allowing the body to fall into deep relaxation and generate feelings of improved well-being. It can be used adjacent to medical care, treatments and complimentary therapies.
Reflexology is not a replacement for medical treatment and a properly trained reflexologist will not claim to cure, diagnose or attempt to prescribe medication.
Is Reflexology for me?
Almost definitely! Reflexology is a safe, non-invasive, natural treatment that uses no drugs or chemicals. It is suitable for people of all ages from babies through to the elderly and from the healthy to those with a variety of health concerns. Even in cases of chronic pain or illness (including cancer) there is almost always a way of making reflexology work for you.
Reflexology however is not advised in cases of:
DVT, thrombosis or embolism
Contagious or notifiable diseases
First 14 weeks of pregnancy (unless the therapist is specifically trained in this area)
Typical Reflexology Treatment
Your first session will last up to 90 minutes and will include a short but thorough health, diet and lifestyle consultation. This will require you to provide details of any recent or long standing illnesses, medication you may be taking and your reason for having reflexology. The consultation will enable us to ensure there are no contra-indications and will help us identify the reflexes we may need to concentrate on. All information recorded will be collected and stored in accordance with the Data Protection legislation. The first treatment is exploratory with all the main body systems covered in order to detect any imbalances. This together with the information provided in the consultation will help us create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Before treatment begins you will be asked to remove shoes and socks or tights. It is best to wear comfortable loose trousers that can be pushed up to your knees, this will allow access to work on reflexes in the top, bottom and sides of the foot as well as the lower part of the legs. Treatment begins with relaxation techniques followed by the application of pressure to the different reflex points on both feet, using thumb and finger techniques. Most people tend to feel very relaxed during treatment, with some even fall asleep. You may feel some discomfort or tenderness in reflexes that are out of balance however, the treatment should not be acutely painful, nor should it feel ticklish.
After treatment we will discuss any areas of particular discomfort and aftercare advice. will be provided We will also discuss how many follow-up treatments are recommended and how often. Typically clients will initially need 4-6 weekly treatments as a minimum to help with their health concerns. Maintenance sessions would then generally be on a monthly basis. However, you are under no obligation to book further treatments.
After Reflexology Treatment
Whilst most people feel a sense of well being and increased relaxation after treatment. Some people may experience adverse effects after reflexology. This is believed to be a sign that the body is healing and dealing with toxins that are released during the session. Reactions may include a temporary worsening of symptoms, increased thirst, a need to sleep, headache, dizziness, nausea, slight diarrhoea, increased bowel movements, increased urination, increased sweating, runny nose, feeling emotional or upset. This is normal and is part of the healing process with symptoms usually not lasting more than 48 hours.
To help the healing process and reduce the likelihood of a reaction you are advised to drink plenty of water, avoid stimulants such as tea, coffee and alcohol and refrain from exercising after your treatment.