What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-intrusive, complementary health therapy, working the reflex points situated on the feet. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients.
Reflexology has been used for the last 5000 years by the Chinese, and 2000 years ago the Egyptians were also working on the feet to encourage good health.
How Does Reflexology Work?
There are a few theories on how reflexology works. Some reflexologists believe in the activation of meridians through the points on the feet, releasing blocked energy. Some believe in theories of autonomic and somatic integration, where the internal organs adjust to the sensory input of the therapeutic touch on the body. Other theories include the release of endorphins encephalin- the body’s natural pain killers, or the release of lactic acid.
We believe that there are 5 zones on the feet, running down the length of each foot, starting at the top of each toe. These continue in a line, up the back of the body, over the head and down the front of the body, until they reach the front of the toe, where it joins up with where it started from. Crystals build up along these zones, creating blocked energy. This energy is then blocked from reaching the corresponding organ or part of the body. The reflexologist works on the point till the crystals break down; thereby facilitating flow and balance back to the system.
How Can I Benefit from Reflexology?
Reflexology is great for overall well-being and the list of benefits is endless. Reflexology can help you to reduce stress, facilitate deep relaxation, improve your circulation, improve the quality of your sleep, increase your energy levels and can even aid efficient removal of impurities and toxins.
How Does a Reflexology Session Work?
Reflexology does not claim to cure, but instead it aims to assist the body in helping itself. Reflexology is a very individual treatment; each therapist will personalise the treatment to address what they feel in the feet of the client.
A reflexology treatment usually lasts for approximately one hour; you remain fully clothed, removing only your shoes and socks. It can be more convenient to wear loose fitting trousers as the therapist works the lower leg up to the knee.
After a treatment, to gain maximum benefit, it’s advisable to rest to help the body’s natural healing process, and to drink plenty of water to help with flushing away toxins.
To gain maximum benefit, a course of 8 treatments is usually recommended.
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