What Are Reflexology's Benefits?

While reflexology can be used to help with conditions for which the client is seeking immediate treatment, it can also be used to improve general well being by keeping the body's energy flowing and the mind in balance. Reflexology:

~ Allows the body to sink into a state of deep relaxation

~ Promotes health and well being

~ Stimulates blood and lymph circulation

~ Increased energy by stimulating nerve supply

~ Gives you "me" time

What Does Reflexology Treat?

Reflexology is a good therapy for treating and alleviating: stress and stress-related disorders, back pain, headaches, digestive problems, menstrual problems, other aches and pains, breathing problems, fertility and sinus problems.

What Does a Reflexology Treatment Involve?

The practitioner begins by taking details of the client's medical history and lifestyle. After removing their footwear, the client lies on a massage table and gentle pressure is applied to each reflex area on the feet and, where there are corresponding physical problems, the client may experience some slight discomfort and/or the therapist may feel some blockages in the area.  Most clients find a reflexology treatment is very relaxing and soothing, and some people fall asleep. Each session lasts about an hour and, in most cases, a series of sessions are necessary to resolve any problems. Some clients book a regular weekly or monthly session as a preventative measure, to keep their systems balanced and in good working order.

History of Reflexology

Reflexology has been used in the East for thousands of years.  Most recently, Dr. William Fitzgerald developed the basis of  modern reflexology in 1913. He noted that pressure on specific parts of the body could have a numbing effect on other parts, i.e. a reflex response. Developing this theory, he discovered that these reflex reactions occurred within ten equal and vertical zones, ending in the fingers and toes. He concluded that pressure on one part of a zone could affect everything else within that zone. This was termed "zone therapy". Zone therapy was subsequently refined as practitioners used the theory in their work, most notably by Eunice Ingham in the 1930's, who developed it into what is now known as reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrors congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body. She believed that treatment had the capability to stimulate the body's own healing ability, bringing it back into balance. Many others have developed this work further and in different ways and there are now many styles of reflexology.

How Does Reflexology Work?

Reflexology works on the principle that every organ, system and structure of the body has a corresponding point or zone in the feet. These points are known as "reflexes". When pressed, they create a response/reaction in another area of the body.
A reflexology practitioner uses light pressure to massage all areas of the feet including the toes and ankles, to release tension, remove energy blockages, disperse accumulations of calcium and uric acid, stimulate blood circulation and promote healing of both body and mind. Reflexology is a holistic therapy in that the practitioner explores all aspects of a client's health (physical and mental) and lifestyle to ascertain the cause of illness or imbalance.

What Are the Side Effects and When Should Reflexology Be Avoided?

Reflexology should be avoided during the first three months of pregnancy. As part of the balancing process, some clients find that reflexology encourages the elimination of toxins from the body. Therefore, as this could interfere with any medication being taken, it is very important to inform the practitioner of any medicinal treatment you are receiving. Some conditions such as having a pacemaker, kidney stones or gallstone, high blood pressure, thyroid disease or diabetes, or if you have a foot injury, phlebitis, thrombosis or blood clots, mean that you need to see your doctor before booking a reflexology session. Most people find that a reflexology treatment makes them feel very relaxed and sleepy, although sometimes it can leave you feeling really energized. Reflexology is suitable for everyone, except those people who dislike having their feet touched. Reflexology is safe for all. Occasionally a client's symptoms may worsen after treatment, but this is a natural reaction and part of the body's natural self-healing response. This reaction should subside after a day or two, leaving the client's symptoms improved.

Insurance Matters

Reflexology health-care benefits are not available through health insurance carriers at this time.


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