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About Reflexology

WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY 

Reflexology is a form of complementary medicine and involves a method of treatment using massage and pressure points to reflex areas found in the feet and the hands. Most commonly, the feet are used as the areas to be treated.
In the feet, there are reflex areas corresponding to all parts of the body and these areas are arranged in such a way as to form a map of the body in the feet with the right foot corresponding to the right side of the body and the left foot corresponding to the left side of the body. By having the whole body represented in the feet, the 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 natural therapy and allows not only symptoms to be treated but also the causes of symptoms, a Reflexologist works like a kickstarter to help your body heal itself.

The method has been used for several thousands of years and is known to have been practiced in a similar manner by the Chinese and the Egyptians. More recently, Reflexology was described in the form in which it is now known by the late Eunice Ingham, an American lady, who based her method of treatment on work called ‘Zone Therapy’ which had been described some years earlier in the 1920’s by an American, Dr. William Fitzgerald. The main pioneer of Reflexology in Great Britain was the late Doreen Bayly who introduced the method in the early 1960’s and whose great determination to stimulate awareness and interest in the method should not be forgotten.

Reflexology does not claim to be a ‘cure-all’ but numerous different disorders have been successfully treated by this method. These disorders include such things as migraine, sinus problems, hormonal imbalances, breathing disorders, digestive problems, circulatory problems, back problems, tension and stress and many more conditions too long to list. Most people who have experienced treatment would agree that the method can be most beneficial and is also a very relaxing therapy.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM REFLEXOLOGY TREATMENT

When first visiting a Reflexology practitioner, a detailed medical history will be taken. The client will then be seated in some form of recliner chair or similar sitting position and will be asked to remove the shoes and socks.
The practitioner will initially examine the feet before commencing with the precise massage/pressure point movements. The particular type of massage/pressure point movements involved requires the application of a firm pressure using the side and end of the thumb. In some instances, the fingers may also be employed. All areas on both feet will be treated. Areas corresponding to parts of the body which are out of balance may feel uncomfortable, achy, tender, numb, hot or cold when worked  The sensitivity of the feet varies from person to person and the trained practitioner should ask if the presuure is okay as the treatment should not be torture but a pleasurable relaxing experience.
The full treatment session will last approximately one hour for chronic or acute conditions (but most clients do prefer the 60 minute sessions as they don't want to leave the chair after 30 mins) a 30 minutes session can be used for general health or as a taster session, at the end of a session the feet should feel relaxed and the client de-stressed, your therapist should inform you of any out of balance areas found, what this could mean and any aftercare advice.
The number of treatment sessions is entirely up to you I personally do not pre determine how many sessions you should have, I will advise you if I think you may benefit from more than one but at the end of the day its up to the client.
Following treatment, it is sometimes possible that the eliminating systems of the body become more active in order to rid the body of unwanted toxic matter. You may also get a mind headache or symptoms may become slighty worse, this is what is called a transition period as your body tries to re-balance itself. You should keep your water intake at a higher level for a few days to help your body clear any toxins. If you are unsure or feel particularly unwell after a few days then you should contact your therapist for advice or an emergency treatment.
Reflexology is a particularly pleasant means of treatment and a means of maintaining the body in good health.
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