Reflexology

Reflexology

Reflexology is a holistic non-invasive treatment by which the feet are massaged and manipulated, stimulating 1000’s of nerve endings. It has been practiced around the world and throughout history, with archeological evidence dating back to Egypt (2330 BCE), China (2704 BCE) and Japan (690 CE).

The principle of reflexology is based on the idea that certain reflex areas on the feet have an association, mirroring that of the body’s internal organs, glands and muscles, as well as, the skeletal structure.

By applying pressure to certain parts of the feet, the theory is that reflexology helps to stimulate the body’s own healing process, ‘re-tuning’, bringing back balance allowing the person to achieve physical and emotional well-being.  Because of advertising restrictions, claims are not allowed to be made about the effectiveness of reflexology with specific conditions, however, there  have been various medical trials which have demonstrated the efficiacy of this wonderful therapeutic therapy.

Benefits of Reflexology

• encourages both relaxation and stimulation
• relieves stress/tension – encouraging deep breathing
• improves circulation, therefore, improving oxygen flow and delivering essential nutrients to all organs and cells within the body; thus increasing efficiency
• increases body’s awareness
• helps unblock trapped nervous energy; thus improving neural efficiency
• improves waste removal; thus detoxifying the body
• helps the body synchronize and rebalance underactive and overactive areas
• aids well-being

There are some suggestions that long term effects of reflexology may help conditions such as:
• Stress-related conditions
• Neck/shoulder and back Pain
• Headaches
• Sleep disorders
• Hormonal Imbalances
• Constipation

Reflexology can identify areas of tension and stress perhaps linking symptoms but it does NOT claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe; the recipient should always seek advice from their General Practitioner. Reflexology is a complementary therapy; its purpose is used primarily to relieve stress and tension aiding deep therapeutic relaxation; it may be used to relief both acute and chronic conditions. Commonly health problems can have an association with nervous and physical tension.

Reflexology may reduce excess stress which in turn may help the mind and body to rebalance, creating better conditions and well-being during preconception and the stages of pregnancy. Please note it is essential to consult your GP/Consultant so that all tests are carried out for both partners and a diagnosis made regarding the cause of fertility problems.

Reflexology may not be suitable for all individuals, therefore, a consultation prior to treatment is essential in order to identify any contra-indications. For more details check out our information on Contraindications for Reflexology

What Does Reflexology Treatment Involve?

A reflexology treatment offered with Tania can take up to between 30 – 40 minutes; at the initial visit a detailed Consultation Form will be required to be completed which will include essential information such as medical history.  After discussion a treatment plan will then be tailor made to the client’s personal needs. You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks and sit on a special reclining chair. Your feet will then be examined enabling the therapist to identify any contraindications such as bruising, swelling, corns, verrucaes, athletes foot which may prevent pressure being applied to that area. In some cases, treatment may not be suitable for that individual. In addition, skin texture, nail condition (fungal), the general feet condition will be taken into consideration and an Aftercare sheet will also be provided at the end of the treatment.
During treatment light, but firm, precise manipulative massage will be given to the soles and uppers of your feet using massage lotion/oil.
Sometimes people may report tiredness, may experience tingling in the body, change in sleep pattern, coldness, heat, increased energy, nausea or tearful; these symptoms indicate that the therapy is working and is part of the healing process but is transitory. Please NOTE after treatment some patients may feel tired and it is suggested that no physical exertions are undertaken after treatment.
It is important that you give feedback to the reflexologist as this will help to tailor make a treatment plan specific to your individual needs

Reflexology – The Definitive Practitioner’s Manual by Beryle Crane (1997); An introductory Guide to Reflexology by Louise Tucker (2009). The Association of Reflexologists (2011)