Reflexology is a system of massage used to relieve tension, and balance the body to restore it to good health. This holistic treatment is based on the fact that there are points in the feet (and hands) that are linked to every part of the body, and when massaged, the body is stimulated to balance and heal itself.
This method offers a means of treating the whole body and of treating the body as a whole. This latter point is an important factor of a holistic therapy and allows not only symptoms to be treated, but also the causes of the symptoms.
This method has been used for thousands of years and is known to have been practiced in a similar manner by the ancient Egyptians.
What to expect from a Reflexology treatment
When first visiting a Reflexologist a medical history will be taken. You will then be seated in a reclining chair and will be asked to remove your shoes and socks.
The practitioner will initially examine the feet before commencing with the precise technique. The reflexologist applies pressure using the side and end of the thumb, covering all areas on both feet.
Areas corresponding to parts of the body which are out of balance will feel uncomfortable or tender when massaged, and the degree of tenderness will indicate the degree of imbalance.
The sensitivity of the feet varies from person to person and the trained practitioner will understand the correct pressure to apply. The massage should not be uncomfortable, even to the most sensitive of feet. In fact, the treatment is generally found to be extremely relaxing.
The full treatment session will last about 60 minutes and at the end of the session you should feel relaxed. Some feel energised, and most report they get an excellent nights sleep.
The number of treatments required will vary depending on the condition being treated. I usually recommend having 3 sessions in order to judge if reflexology is having a positive effect on your health and well-being. Since reflexology encourages the body to re-balance itself, the positive effects tend to be felt over days and weeks, rather than in hours. This varies from person to person, depending on how stressful their life is or has been, and also on the conditions being treated.