Reflexology is based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the hands and feet, which correspond to certain parts of the body. Treatment involves a method of thumb and finger stimulation by applying gentle but firm 'on and off' pressure to the reflex points on the feet and/or hands. This in turn stimulates the nervous, circulatory, lymphatic and energetic pathways within the feet and/or hands, which stimulates changes within the connected structures of the body.
The origins of reflexology date back to ancient Egypt, India and China. It wasn’t until 1913 when Dr William Fitzgerald introduced this therapy to the West as ‘zone therapy’. In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham developed zone theory further to what is known as reflexology. She discovered that applying pressure to certain areas of the feet had a beneficial effect on certain organs in the body.
Is Reflexology Safe?
Reflexology is safe for most people. It is important to discuss any relevant medical history with your practitioner as certain health conditions may be either unsuitable for treatment or the treatment may need to be adjusted.
Benefits of Reflexology
Modern day life with its pressures of work, home and family life tend to present situation upon situation in which the possibility of becoming stressed is ever present. It is long-term stress which can be harmful to our bodies. Reflexology helps to de-stress our bodies, which often leads to an increased level of self-awareness and an ability to cope.
The potential health benefits from reflexology can include:
- Reflexology can support the body’s ability to balance and is ideal for preventative health care.
- A feeling of deep relaxation and a calm and soothed mind
- The relief of stress and tension
- Improved blood and lymph circulation
- A stimulated immune system
- Increased energy levels
- A normalising of body functioning
- A general sense of well being
What happens during a Reflexology Session?
An initial consultation including medical history is taken. For a foot reflexology treatment, you will be placed in a comfortable reclined position with your bare feet raised. As the reflexes are worked all responses are noted as they are a guide to where there are imbalances and where attention should be focussed.
The After Effects of receiving Reflexology
Most people experience a deep level of relaxation after receiving reflexology.
However you may experience feeling tired and heaviness. There may be an increase in elimination by sweat, urine or bowel movement. Other symptoms may develop such as feeling achey, headache or even a raised temperature. This is usually due to the treatment stimulating the movement and release of internalised toxicity. This is a natural mechanism of the body seeking to rebalance and should be supported.
If symptoms worsen or persist for more than 24 hours then consult your therapist.