What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a popular and relaxing holistic treatment based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops, and sides of the feet are connected to corresponding areas throughout the body. The feet can be seen as a map of the body and so the Reflexologist will use their thumb, fingers and sometimes knuckles to work the reflexes of the foot to help correct imbalances throughout the body and help to release blocked energy points.
What happens during a Reflexology treatment?
Treatment usually lasts approximately an hour. You will remain fully clothed as it is only your feet that will be worked on during the session. You will be invited to sit and relax while your feet soak in Epsom salts to help relieve achy and tired feet, and to help detox. During this time a consultation form will be completed and to answer any concerns you may have. You will then be asked to lie on the couch where the Reflexologist will cleanse your feet, then carry out the treatment. At this point, you should completely relax and enjoy the treatment to gain total benefits. If at any point you find any areas uncomfortable let the Reflexologist know as this may help them have a complete understanding of your general health.
What are the benefits of Reflexology?
A Reflexology treatment can help:
- Reduce stress
- Provide deep relaxation
- Increase energy levels
- Release endorphins which are the body’s natural pain relief
- Improve circulation
- Remove toxins and impurities
- Increase immune system function
- Balance the body and bring it to a place of harmony
Can anyone have Reflexology?
In general, Reflexology can be enjoyed by everyone. However, there are some conditions that may stop someone from having Reflexology without their Doctors Permission. This can be those with Diabetes, certain Heart Conditions, those with Cancer, and Pregnant women.
Doctors permission may be required before treatment can go ahead which will be kept in your confidential client record card in case of any future treatments.
Other conditions or circumstances that may prohibit the Reflexologist from carrying out a treatment are:
- Those that may have a fever, vomiting or diarrhoea. Once symptoms have subsided a treatment can be carried out.
- Those that have a contagious or notifiable disease. Once diagnosed and treated accordingly a treatment can be carried out.
- Those with Gangrene. Once diagnosed and treated accordingly a treatment can be carried out.
- Those that may have an acute undiagnosed pain. Once diagnosed and treated a treatment can be carried out.
- Those suffering from Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Once diagnosed and treated a treatment can be carried out.
- Those under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Once sober a treatment can be carried out.
- Those awaiting medical tests or procedures. Reflexology should not be carried out for the first time immediately before as it can alter results. Reflexology can be carried out once this has been done and enough time has been left depending on the procedure.
- Those that have received an organ transplant.
- Those that are due to fly within the first 24 hours of treatment due to the risk of a healing crisis. Reflexology treatment can be carried out outside of this time.
What is a healing crisis?
After a treatment, you may experience increased urination and bowel movements, lethargy and tiredness, fever and headache, mood swings and a feeling of being generally out of sorts. This is a positive sign that the body is trying to heal itself and ridding itself of built up toxins. Ensure you rest well, continue drinking plenty of water, avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours after treatment and eat light meals for the rest of the day. Please be reassured that these symptoms are temporary and a feeling of well-being will follow. If at any point you are concerned, please feel free to get in contact.
What should I do at home after my treatment?
To have maximum benefits from the treatment it is advised that you drink plenty of water and avoid the consumption of alcohol in the hours immediately after treatment. Adopting a healthy lifestyle by eating well and exercising regularly can also help.
In relation to foot care exfoliate and moisturize the feet regularly, avoid ill-fitting shoes and allow your feet to breathe when possible at home.
How often should I have Reflexology?
A weekly session is advisable, to begin with, then as symptoms improve moving to fortnightly, then eventually once monthly to maintain recovery.
Useful pressure points to work at home
Feeling of nausea or stress
Located on the inside of each wrist, two thumb-widths above wrist crease, apply pressure to the area for 1 minute throughout the day if required.
Suffering from a headache, allergies, or constipation
Found on the hands high up in the valley formed between the thumb and forefinger. Apply pressure to this point for 1 minute throughout the day if required. (Do not use if pregnant, however).
Problems with digestion
With a small firm ball roll the arches and heels of the feet to work the digestive area of the feet.