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How does Reflexology work and what are the benefits?
Reflexology is a non-invasive, safe, complementary holistic therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, and hands, correspond with different areas of the body.
A form of reflexology is also thought to have been used throughout history in many other cultures including Indian, Japanese and American Indian. In Europe in the Middle Ages, 'zone therapy' was practiced which would later form the basis of modern-day reflexology.
During a typical reflexology session, the reflexologist will take a detailed medical history. Sessions are usually performed in a comfortable chair or couch. The client will be asked to remove footwear and socks. The practitioner will make a visual and tactile examination of the area of the foot to be worked before beginning the precise reflexology movements. The particular types of movements involved require the application of an appropriate pressure using the thumb and fingers over the feet.
Hand Reflexology can be a very good alternative if there are reasons where the feet could not be accessed.
Reflexology is based on the principle that there are many different reflex zones mapped out on the feet and hands which correspond to each organ or gland within the body. By using special techniques to massage these reflex areas, a reflexologist may help to:
What will happen during a treatment?
A reflexology treatment will be carried out on bare feet and will take place while you relax on a couch or reclining chair. Most people find the sensation pleasant and soothing, though occasionally some discomfort may be felt. This could indicate an imbalance in a corresponding part of the body and will ease as the session progresses. After the treatment you should feel comfortably relaxed and calm.
Is it safe to have reflexology treatments while I am pregnant?
Yes, but you should check that your reflexologist has been trained in the specialised maternity techniques required, as certain areas on the feet need to be avoided during pregnancy. A reputable practitioner who has undergone proper training will have experience of working with all the health conditions of pregnancy.
How soon will I notice an improvement in my symptoms?
Most people find that a reflexology treatment session leaves them feeling comfortably calm and relaxed. Many report that they sleep well after treatment, others say that they have an increase in energy that may last for several days. For general health issues you should allow about five or six reflexology sessions to see whether your condition improves. Please bear in mind that some conditions may require a more intensive course of treatments and this will be discussed at your initial consultation. As a general rule, the longer you have had a health complaint, the longer it may take to resolve.
A longer course of treatments is usually required for fertility issues and treatments need to be carried out at different times during your menstrual cycle to allow hormone balancing to take place.
I can't bear the thought of having my feet touched. Does reflexology tickle?
This is something that a lot of people worry about and is usually a result of a family member tickling their feet during childhood! The pressure used during a reflexology treatment will be gentle but firm and should not tickle even the most sensitive feet.
Reflexology - First appointment
At the first appointment a detailed medical history is taken, discussing your health and wellbeing, and any areas you may feel needs supporting and healing with. Or it maybe you feel you want to experience the deeply relaxing benefits of the treatment. Many people feel lighter, more positive and energised following a treatment. A typical treatment is an hour.
During a typical reflexology treatment, you would be asked to lie on a comfortable chair or couch, and be asked to remove footwear and socks.
A visual and tactile examination of the area of the foot to be worked before beginning the precise reflexology movements. The particular types of movements involved require the application of an appropriate pressure using the thumb and fingers over the feet. A reflexology treatment will be carried out on bare feet and will take place while you relax on a couch or reclining chair. Most people find the sensation pleasant and soothing. After the treatment you should feel comfortably relaxed and calm. Treatment sessions are an hour, although the first appointment may be slightly longer as a consultation needs to be undertaken.
How Many Reflexology Treatments Do I Need?
Whilst one treatment can be extremely beneficial, a course of treatments has a much more therapeutic benefit. As a treat, for relaxation/stress management one treatment can be very beneficial. A course of treatment is recommended, and will be discussed following your first treatment.
To offered continued benefit, I would recommend regular treatments. Initially it would be recommended to have weekly or twice monthly treatments until a balance is reached, then regular treatments every 3-4 weeks. Each client is individual so what works best for some may be different for others, and it depends on your reasons for treatment.
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