What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a simple and non-invasive method to balance the body and help it to function to its full potential. It involves manually massaging certain reflex points on the feet and hands to affect healing in parts of the body that these points relate to. A reflexologist uses pressure on the feet and hands to stimulate these points to promote healing in the corresponding parts of the body.
Although our bodies work physically in a very similar way, we are all unique and have our own energy levels. This is why some people benefit from a few reflexology sessions, while others may need longer. Essentially, 4-6 weeks is enough time to feel a positive benefit. People of any gender can benefit from this treatment.
How Does it Work?
There are thousands of nerve endings in the feet and hands. Many of these nerve endings correspond to internal systems, structures and organs in the body. By using specific pressures to the hands or feet, the nerve endings linking to muscles, bones, circulatory and other body systems can be supported to work as they should.
Reflexology works to free the body of toxins such as lactic acid which can build up from insufficient oxygen due to the pressures of everyday life. Reflexology can also be beneficial in helping to relax and slow down breathing, at the same time as assisting the body to eliminate these built-up toxins.
What to Expect From a Reflexology Session
Reflexology is a specific form of touch that is usually carried out on the soles of the feet. Treatments can also be carried on the hands, and this is just as effective. The feet are preferred because the area if larger and most people enjoy putting their feet up. However, it is up to each individual client as to which they are most comfortable with. I will only ever work within the physical limits of the client’s hands or feet and no further. There is no need for a reflexologist to interact with any other parts of the body, because the body as a whole system is mirrored in the hands and feet.
Some people I speak to shy away from the thought or idea of having their feet touched. But when they try reflexology and have it done for the first time, they all agree that it doesn’t hurt or tickle as they had previously thought. I have not yet come across anyone who hasn’t enjoyed it. Reflexology can be done almost anywhere, although it is preferable to practice this in a calm environment with sympathetic lighting. Some people prefer silence, while others prefer music to help them relax.
Relaxing is an important part of the experience, not only for enjoyment and switching off, but, more importantly, it allows your physical body to slow down breathing and just be allowed to gain its own sense of balance. This will be different for each person, as although in many ways we are physically the same, we have inherent differences. Also, being away from a their everyday environment often helps people to relax and forget their own particular stresses and worries.
It is advisable to have a short conversation to determine if either reflexology and/or aromatherapy are suitable for you, as a time commitment of 4-6 weeks is desirable for this treatment to be of benefit. A GP‘s note may be required in some instances due to pre-existing medical conditions.