What is reflexology?
- Reflexology is the technique of applying pressure to the reflexes on the feet in order to bring about a state of deep relaxation, to stimulate the body’s own healing processes and help a person return to a state of balance and well being.
- Each session of reflexology works on an individual basis.
- Reflexology has been around for thousands of years, and was used in many ancient cultures.
Why have reflexology? What is so special about your feet?
- All the major acupuncture meridians turn around at the feet and hands. These are among the easiest locations to energise or relax the flow of energy through the acupuncture meridians. The feet are easier to treat due to the larger surface area.
- The fingers and toes correspond to the brain and nervous system. The brain controls many bodily activities. So it is a simple and very safe way to affect the functioning of the nervous system, and in turn, heal the body.
- Applying pressure to reflex points can energise or relax the corresponding organ or glands.
How does reflexology work?
- According to the theory of reflexology, thousands of ultra-microscopic energy channels run vertically down the front and up the back of the body along the entire length of the body. They connect to all the organs, glands and tissues of the body. Some of the channels turn around at the feet and the hands, which is why applying pressure in these locations is especially helpful. It stimulates the entire channel to empty or open and moves the energy along the channel.
- As you press on various areas of the feet or hands, sometimes you can feel bits of hard sand-like crystals. This is a kind of sediment that builds up in the channels. When it is removed by rubbing properly, the channel opens or empties. Subtle energy then flows to the organ, gland or area of the body with which the channel is connected.
What Conditions Can it Help?
Reflexology is not a therapy used to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Instead it encourages healing within the body by alleviating stress and tension, improving circulation, boosting the immune system and aiding in the removal of toxins.
What Happens During a Reflexology Treatment?
- The client either lies on a massage table or sits in a comfortable, semi-reclined position. Any background issues that your reflexologist needs to be aware of are discussed.
- During a typical treatment, your reflexologist will work from the toes to the heels, followed by the sides, the tops of the feet and the lower leg. Particular attention is paid to the reflexes relevant to your presenting condition.
- Some clients experience an immediate relaxing effect; others may experience some discomfort on specific reflex points. During a session, you should find some painful or tender areas. This will usually be brief and it will indicate areas of imbalance in the body. Generally the treatment will feel soothing and calming. After the treatment has finished your reflexologist will discuss any reflexes found out of balance and will give some aftercare advice.