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What is it?
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Most commonly, the feet are used as the areas to be treated. It can be a deeply relaxing experience.
Reflexology encourages the body to heal itself and restore its natural balance. It seeks to improve circulation, cleanse and revitalise the body of toxins and impurities. Reflexology helps the body work at its best, boosting the immune system and regulating the metabolism and hormonal system. It is very effective in the treatment of postnatal depression, as well as any other hormonal imbalances, relaxation, stress, anxiety and fatigue related conditions. Many have reported Reflexology can also help with fertility.
In the feet, there are reflex areas corresponding to all the parts of the body and these areas are arranged in such a way as to form a map of the body in the feet with the right foot corresponding to the right side of the body and the left foot corresponding to the left side of the body. By having the whole body represented in the feet, the method offers a means of treating the whole body and of treating the body as a whole. This latter point is an important factor of a natural therapy and allows not only symptoms to be treated but also the causes of symptoms.
Reflexology does not claim to be a 'cure-all' but many people have found they have been helped by reflexology. Surveys carried out by The British Reflexology Association showed benefits to those presenting with symptoms of stress, insomnia and irritable bowel syndrome. It can also help a wide range of disorders including headaches, migraines, sinus congestion, stiffness in the neck and back, digestive problems, hormonal problems'. Most people who have experienced a reflexology session would agree that the method is a very relaxing therapy which may reduce tension and lead to an improved sense of well-being.
Some benefits of reflexology
Improve blood circulation and energy in body by stimulating pressure points.
Give relief in Stress and helps in Stress Management.
Relieve Back Pain, Neck Pain, Neck Stiffness, Shoulder Tension, Headache, Toothache, etc.
Help improve digestion functioning and reduce Stomach problems such as Acidity, Ulcer, Chest burn, Gas.
Remove craving for food and balance appetite and reduce amount of wastes.
Relieve Depression, Nausea and other mental disorders.
Heal Sinus Congestion and Nasal Problems.
Reflexology improves immune system of body.
Give relief in lung problems.
Relieve Ankle Pain, Knee Pain, Elbow Pain, etc.
Improve Skin tone and heal skin disorders.
Improve Eye sight through massaging points.
Reduce hair loss and hair fall.
Give relief in cold, cough, constipation, Arthritis, Dizziness and Sore throat.
Fight with Diabetes, Asthma, Thyroid problem etc.
Improve memory power.
Heal Menstrual Disorders in women.
Reduce irritability, anger and frustration.
Fight with addictions like tobacco, smoking, etc. by stimulating some pressure points.
Heal some sexual problems also.
Heal the injuries due to sports.
Give Relaxation to the body.
Reflexology can be applied to the person of any age.
Reflexology is very easy and can be applied anywhere (irrelevant of place).
Can assist in fertility.
Reflexology is not painful at all.
Can help induce labor
What to expect from a reflexology treatment
When first visiting, I will take a detailed medical history. You will then be seated in some form of recliner chair or similar sitting position and will be asked to remove the shoes and socks.
I will initially examine the feet before commencing with the precise massage movement. The particular type of massage involved requires the application of a firm pressure using the side and end of the thumb. In some instances, the fingers may also be employed. All areas on both feet will be massaged.
Areas corresponding to parts of the body which are out of balance will feel uncomfortable or tender when massaged and the degree of tenderness will indicate the degree of imbalance. The sensitivity of the feet varies from person to person and as a trained practitioner I will understand the correct pressure to apply and how to interpret the tendernesses felt. The massage should not be very uncomfortable to even the most sensitive of feet.
The full treatment session will last approximately three-quarters of an hour and at the end of a session the feet should feel warm and relaxed. The number of treatment sessions required will vary depending on the condition being treated.
Following treatment, it is sometimes possible that the eliminating systems of the body become more active in order to rid the body of unwanted toxic matter. However, if treatment is correctly applied, these reactions should not be severe.
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