What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is about working on the reflex points on the sole, top and sides of the feet. There are points on the feet that correspond to parts of the body. Reflexology works on the body as a whole to correct imbalances throughout the body and release blocked energy. The idea of reflexology is to encourage good health. I must stress that Reflexologists are not doctors and so cannot diagnose. The most that can be advised is to go and see your doctor for a check up. We are here to provide a service and not to diagnose illness or medical problems.
Complementary therapies are being used in hospices and hospitals alongside orthodox treatments in an attempt to improve the emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical wellbeing, of people going through chemotherapy and living with cancer.
Reflexology treatment can be carried out sitting in a chair with the foot on a special reflexology stool or by lying on the treatment couch where you can lie back and relax. You do not have to remove any clothing apart from your footwear Your feet will be cleansed with surgical spirit at the start of the treatment. Followed by a short massage to introduce the therapists hands to your feet. The therapist will then carry out the reflexology treatment and will end with a massage to the feet.
Reflexology may help with the following:-
- Alleviate mental and physical stress
- Promote feelings of deep relaxation and a sense of well being
- Increase energy levels
- Lift mood and depression
- Reduce nervous tension and stress
- Improve the neural pathways communication
- Stimulate the immune system
- Pain relief by releasing the body’s own endorphins
- Improve circulation
- Help with sleep problems
- Improve joint mobility, reduce muscle tension and improve muscle tone
- Bring balance to the whole body
Reflexology has been practiced throughout the ages by the early Egyptians, Chinese, Japanese and Indian cultures to name just a few.
Various advances in the knowledge of the nervous system and specifically the “Reflex Action” towards the end of the 19th century put Reflexology as we know it today on the road to evolution.
After Your Treatment
Drink plenty of water
Drinking plenty of water will help flush the toxins released during treatment, this is also to avoid de-hydration.
Avoid toxins such as
Tea, coffee, alcohol and nicotine.
Eat a light diet for 12-24 hours, this helps to avoid the feeling of nausea.
If possible try to put your feet up and relax, read a book, or listen to some relaxing music.