What is Reflexology?
First of all Reflexology is a theory and therapy that uses the feet to treat the whole body. It's a holistic therapy that works on all levels working to create balance in the body. The aim of the reflexology treatment is to restore our natural ability for self-healing, as a result energy flow is encouraged to flow freely around the body.
The areas of the feet act as a map of the body representing zones and pathways. Physical and mental well-being is maintained when the energy is flowing freely. If the energy flow is stagnant or blocked disease occurs. Gentle pressure is applied to points on the feet – known as reflexes – which are used to stimulate energy flow and release any blockages.
What to expect from a reflexology treatment
The reflexology treatment is usually carried out on a massage couch or in a reclining chair and you will be asked to remove footwear and socks. A detailed medical history will be taken before the initial examination of the feet. The practitioner will use their thumbs, fingers or knuckles to apply gentle pressure to the feet. A variety of different reflexology techniques will be applied to work on the reflex points on each foot.
Above all, reflexology is not painful, but certain areas of the feet maybe a little tender or sensitive, therefore the amount of pressure will be adapted to suit your individual needs. The aim is to restore our natural ability for self-healing by encouraging energy flow around the body.
Frequently asked questions
What can reflexology do for you?
Besides Reflexology being a wonderfully relaxing experience, where you can take time out from everyday pressures, it is useful in other areas. It is often used to help people cope with more specific health issues and works alongside regular healthcare to enhance better health.
Relaxation - encourages relaxation which helps improve mood and aids restful sleep
Stress Relief - helps to relieve anxiety, promoting peace and calm, giving relief from stress
Soothes the feet - helps to ease pain and tension in the feet
Improves circulation and reduces pain - by working on specific reflex points
Improves our overall sense of well-being - supports a healthy mind and body when used regularly