What could reflexology do for you?
The theory of reflexology is that through natural and non-intrusive therapeutic touch it stimulates the body's systems, thereby aiding its own inbuilt self-healing mechanisms; so it helps the body to help itself. Specific points on the feet (or the hands, face, ears or lower legs) correspond to particular areas of the body and that massage or pressure applied to those points can enhance the effectiveness of the body's systems and support and stimulate self-healing.
- Provide relief from:
- Relaxation and calmness
- Improved sleep
- Improved mood
- A general sense of health and well-being
Reflexology is a complementary therapy and, as such, is not a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment. However, it is often used alongside conventional care in hospices, hospitals and other healthcare settings.
What is Reflexology?
Here is a brief and straightforward introduction to reflexology, produced by my governing body, the Association of Reflexologists:
Click here to see the interactive reflexology footmap mentioned in the video.
A typical treatment:
A reflexology treatment lasts about an hour. The first time will be a little longer because we will begin with a consultation to help me to make sure that reflexology is suitable for you and to decide the best treatment plan.
Reflexology is not intrusive - you remain fully clothed except for removing your shoes and socks. We'll start with a short foot massage, which will help to relax you and to make the reflexes (pressure points) more sensitive to treatment. I'll then carry out the treatment using a variety of reflexology techniques, tailored to suit your particular needs.
The pressure points on the feet have corresponding points on the hands, and so I can carry out reflexology on your hands if you prefer, or if treating your feet is difficult or not possible.
Hand reflexology is also great for your own self-help in between treatments. When you have a full treatment with me I'll show you some useful hand reflexology techniques for your own aftercare. Meanwhile, you might like to try this reflexology hand treatment. It's designed for therapists and non-therapists alike and, although it shows how to treat someone else, you can also adapt the treatment to work on yourself. You can use this to support yourself as aftercare between full treatments, or simply to try a taste of reflexology: