Reflexology The F. A. Q. s

All your reflexology questions answered

Reflexology is the technique of applying gentle pressure to reflex areas on the feet or hands to bring about a state of deep relaxation and to stimulate the body's own healing processes.

It is a natural therapy that can also facilitate more vital energy, help boost the immune system and create a stronger body and calmer mind. Reflexology is a safe, natural therapy that helps to give your body what it needs - that might be conceiving or carrying a baby to full term, a reduction in the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, assistance in losing weight or in feeling younger and looking healthier.

You will discover how reflexology and a holistic approach to health can help you achieve and fulfil both emotional and physical goals.

The Theory of Reflexology

The theory underlying reflexology is that the organs, nerves, glands and other parts of the body are connected to reflex areas or reflex points on the feet and hands.

These areas are fou nd on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands, as well as on the top and sides of the feet and hands. By stimulating these areas using a compression technique and a form of massage with your thumbs, fingers and hands, you can create a direct response in a related body area. For example, by working on the head reflex (which is found on the big toe), you can activate the body's own healing processes to help alleviate headaches.

The right foot and hand represent the right side of the body, while the left foot and hand represent the left side; and according to 'zone therapy', there are ten different zones in the body.

The feet are most commonly worked on in reflexology, because practitioners feel they are normally more responsive to treatment than the hands, since they contain a larger treatment area and so the reflex points are easier to identify; and, because the feet are usually protected by shoes and socks, they are more sensitive to treatment.

However, the hands can be used for treatments just as effectively and are great to work on, especially when giving yourself reflexology.

Q: Who is it for?

A: Everybody. Reflexology is safe for children and the elderly. Even newborn babies respond well to Reflexology. It is extremely beneficial in pregnancy, alleviating morning sickness, tiredness and other common ailments associated with pregnancy. It can be extremely helpful in relaxing the terminally ill, helping them to cope with the emotional side of their illness and has also been known to assist with relieving pain. It can also be used alongside chemotherapy, helping the body to become more balanced. It is a myth that because Reflexology rids the body of toxins, chemotherapy will fail to work. The body will react to chemotherapy as it needs to and Reflexology will help to relax the client and assist in the healing process. Many hospitals now recommend Reflexology for cancer patients. Indeed, some Reflexologists work in clinics at hospitals and hospices. Even those with ticklish feet will love Reflexology, as firm pressure is used. If there are any giggles, it will not be due to any ticklish spots!

Q: How often do I need to have Reflexology?

A: It is totally safe to have Reflexology daily, however not always practical! Typically, clients have a weekly treatment to help to relieve particular conditions and once they feel that their body is balanced, they might move to fortnightly then three-weekly or monthly for 'maintenance' treatments or purely for relaxation. Other clients have Reflexology on an adhoc basis, as a treat and it is very popular in the workplace to help with stress and tension. Often employees return to their work refreshed and raring to go. If you have an acute condition, it would be wise to have Reflexology as regularly as possible until the symptoms are alleviated, then revert to a maintenance programme. We will work with you to establish the ideal frequency of your treatments, as always, the deciding factor is yours.

Q: How do I start?

A: The best way to start is by giving us a call or contacting us via email. We can then answer any questions you have. If you want to proceed, we will book you in at a convenient time. It is as simple as that.

Q: What should I wear for a Reflexology Treatment?

A: Anything. Reflexology can be given in the workplace, so even if you have a suit on, it doesn't matter. As we need to get to your bare feet, it is a good idea not to wear tights, or if you do, just appreciate that they will have to be removed before your treatment. 

Q: Anything else?

A: Do not eat a heavy meal immediately prior to a treatment Do not drink alcohol Painkillers can mask the signs of pain, so you may wish to avoid taking them before a treatment

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