Thousands of physicians across the globe have been using reflexology for generations, with some very successful results. Similar to acupuncture and acupressure it is based on the principle that there are reflex points on the feet; a lot of them, all corresponding to organs, glands and other part of the body.
The stimulation of these points has an influence on the on the body’s own vital energy which in turn encourages the body to nurture and heal itself. Reflexology works very well alongside mainstream healthcare and can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between. Specific pressure/massage techniques are used on the reflex points, which encourages the release of tension and energy blockages, the correction of imbalances and the elimination of toxins.
From ancient texts and illustrations we know that the early Egyptians, Japanese, Chinese and Russians worked on the feet to promote good health, so similar therapies have been used hundreds of years. Reflexology helps to induce deep relaxation, which can be soothing for many ailments and as such, can be a powerful therapy for any stress-related problems.
The Benefits of Reflexology
Research suggests that reflexology may be particularly beneficial for:-
People living with Cancer– reflexology can be helpful for people living with cancer, in a supporting role. Clients have reported a reduction in symptoms caused by chemotherapy such as nausea, pain, constipation and diarrhoea. It can also help with sleep and anxiety.
Arthritis and osteoarthritis - patients reportedly feeling up to 40% less pain
Hypertension - a common risk for heart disease, reflexology may help with the reduction of blood pressure.
Anxiety, Stress and depression - The deep relaxation experienced can lower stress. Regular reflexology may also calm, lift mood and help with anxiety.
Circulation - thought to improve blood circulation to vital organs. This in turn can result in improved healing and regrowth of damaged cells.
Pregnancy, PMS and the Menopause - may help to balance hormone levels and help to ease any related stress, aches and pains and even reduce the risks of post-natal depression.
Reflexology may also help:-
For further information on how Reflexology can help with the Menopause click here and click here for Hypnobirthing and Pregnancy Reflexology.
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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 chair. Most people find the sensation pleasant and soothing, though occasionally some minor discomfort may be felt. This could indicate an imbalance in a corresponding part of the body and will ease as the session progresses. The treatment aims to leave you feeling calm and re-balanced.
Interactive Foot Chart
Please click on the image to see which parts of the feet link to which parts of the body.