Reflexology ~ who benefits from treatment?
The feet represent the body and reveal a wealth of information about one’s state of health, indicating where imbalances lie, and play a vital role in the enhancement of general health and well-being.
Since Reflexology treats the whole person, not just the symptoms of particular problems, most people can benefit from treatment; therefore Reflexology can be considered ideal for:
• Stress related conditions
• Acute and chronic conditions
• Pain related conditions
• Hormonal imbalances
• Sleep disorders
• Babies, children, adults and the elderly
Sufferers of many diverse conditions have reported benefits from receiving Reflexology. As Reflexology is an energy therapy the uses are endless, below are just a few; asthma, backache, blood pressure, constipation, digestive disorders, hayfever, IBS, insomnia, migraine, skin conditions, sinus problems, oedema and lessening the chronic pain from conditions such as sciatica and arthritis. As well as improving the overall balance of our bodies, Reflexology can be particularly effective in diminishing the symptoms of PMS and hormonal imbalances. In summary, the use of Reflexology helps our bodies function more efficiently so we are better able to conquer illnesses and ailments.
Indeed Reflexology can benefit almost everyone. Reflexology is a natural therapy that is very balancing, harmonising and rejuvenating treatment for the body. Overall it is a deeply relaxing experience.
What happens during a Reflexology Treatment?
At your first appointment you will be asked questions about your health and lifestyle. This in an important aspect of the treatment as it is beneficial for the therapist to have an understanding of all factors that may be affecting your health, including how you feel physically and emotionally. The treatment itself is a soothing and pleasant experience. Feeling any tenderness in specific areas, act as an indication of congestion in the related body area.
The treatment takes place with you lying in a semi reclined position on a professional couch. You will be asked to remove only your shoes and socks and your feet will then be wiped over with a refreshing solution. The treatment will commence with a relaxing foot massage and then beginning the treatment which involves the therapist applying a specific pressure all over the foot / reflex points, increasing or decreasing according to findings. Clients may experience some discomfort in certain areas, however this will usually be brief and it will indicate areas of imbalance in the body. Generally the treatment will feel wonderful, relaxing and soothing.
Treatments will conclude with a relaxing foot massage.
How long should each treatment take?
A treatment session lasts approximately 45 to 60 minutes.
The initial treatment takes a little longer allowing time for consultation and discussion.
What to Expect from a Treatment
A client will generally feel well and relaxed after treatment however everyone’s body is different and can respond in individual ways. Possible side effects can be discussed with the Reflexologist and symptoms can vary widely. Do not be alarmed or worried by any side effects, these are usually a reflection that the treatment is working and your body is responding in a positive way.
How many treatments needed varies from person to person, often some effects are felt after just one treatment but a series of treatments may be needed to make a significant change in the condition. Regular treatments are recommended, along with a healthy diet and lifestyle to help you manage stress levels and maintain good health. Reflexology can be a very pleasant way to wind down and relax on a regular basis. After a treatment it is recommended to drink plenty of water to help the body eliminate the toxins.
Reflexology is a natural treatment which helps restore the body back to natural equilibrium and well-being.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is now a precisely defined form of treatment based on the principle that the anatomy of the body is reflected in miniature on reflex zones on the feet and also on the hands. By using specific techniques of holds and pressures on these regions healing is both initiated and accelerated in the corresponding area of the body. A Reflexologist uses hands only to apply pressure to the feet. By stimulating points of the feet we are able to support and maintain the fine balance between the organs of the body (homeostasis) with this simple but effective non invasive therapy.
Reflexology stimulates over 7,000 nerve endings and in doing so invigorates the energy flows maintaining balance and revitalising our bodies. This relieves stress and tension which, it is estimated, contributes to over 75% of all illnesses. Our circulation and blood flow is greatly improved so nutrients and oxygen are carried more freely to our cells and the body’s ability to eliminate toxins and waste is far more efficient. Deposits of waste products accumulating in the body can be felt in the feet and these ‘crystals’ (uric acid and calcium) are broken down by the Reflexology treatment and then carried away by the blood and lymphatic systems and eliminated by the body.
Sometimes the body is in a state of ‘imbalance’ following illness or injury, disease or stress and energy pathways are blocked preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology helps restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and encourage healing. One of the amazing benefits of Reflexology is that it can bring about the same sensations of relaxation and restfulness that a full body massage can produce and therefore it can be considered most useful in the treatment of stress.
The therapy and the effects are unique to each person. Reflexologists can detect tiny deposits and imbalances from touching the feet and by working on the reflex points can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased and the circulation and elimination improved. The body is encouraged to heal itself.
A brief history - Reflexology
There is evidence that Reflexology has been practised for thousands of years in different parts of the world. Reflexology has its roots in the ancient civilisations Egypt, China, Primitive Africa and the native Indian tribes of America, but this form of therapeutic treatment was overlooked for centuries by the West where science-based medicine prevailed. Reflexology developed from Zone Therapy (where the body is divided into 10 equal parts which run vertically down the body, with 5 zones on each side going from toes to head to fingertips). Zone Therapy was discovered by an American doctor in the early part of the 20th century. Dr. William Fitzgerald, an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon, discovered that pressure on the feet or hands produced pain relief in distant parts of the body and he could perform an operation without giving the patient any painkillers.
Fitzgerald believed that each path has a flow of energy linked to the other areas in the same path of the whole zone, when stimulated by the pressure he theorised that his technique was not only an anaesthetic, but it also treated the cause of the pain. In 1917 Fitzgerald published his first book on the subject. In the 1930s Eunice Ingham along with Elizabeth Riley carried the idea further by mapping the entire body onto the feet maintaining that all parts of the body could be treated individually by applying pressure on a specific reflex point on the foot and hand and Reflexology as it is practised today was born.