What is reflexology?
Reflexology is form of bodywork that focuses primarily on the feet.
How does reflexology work?
The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there “reflex” areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body. For example:
l the tips of the toes reflect the head
l the heart and chest are around the ball of the foot
l the liver, pancreas and kidney are in the arch of the foot
l low back and intestines are towards the heel
He believed that certain areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body. This concept was furthered by physiotherapist Eunice Ingham into the modern practice of reflexology.
Practitioners believe that applying pressure to these reflex areas can promote health in the corresponding organs through energetic pathways.
A scientific explanation is that the pressure may send signals that balance the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce pain and stress.
What will I feel?
Most people find reflexology for the most part to be very relaxing.
Reflexology shouldn’t be painful. If you feel discomfort, be sure to tell the reflexologist. He of she should work with in your comfort zone.
Some areas may be tender or sore, and the reflexologist may spend extra time on these points. The soreness should decrease with pressure.
If you’re ticklish, don’t worry. The reflexologist applies firm pressure to the feet.
Why do people get reflexology?
Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore it’s own healthy balance.
Reflexology has been shown to be effective for:
l Stress and stress-related conditions
l Tension headaches
l Digestive disorders
l Hormonal imbalances
l Sports injuries
l Menstrual disorders, such as PMS
l Digestive problems, such as constipation
l Back pain
Who can benefit from reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. After you have completed a course of reflexology treatment for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being.
While many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress, at the same time many doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognize reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy.
How will I feel after?
Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. They may even feel sleepy.
Occasionally, people feel nauseous, anxious, or tearful, but this is transitory and is a part of the healing process.