The feet were treated using massage by civilisations in China, Egypt and India thousands of years ago although some texts suggest it may have originated in Peru around the 12th century B.C !
Reflexology is a science that considers that the feet mirror the body. It is based on the ancient Chinese understanding of how the energy flow ( 'Chi') around the body relates to overall health. A freely flowing Chi will support the body to withstand disease and function in harmony with the mind. Illness or discomfort are viewed as imbalances that restrict the flow of this energy.
As a reflexologist I will use a combination of foot massage ( to relax and boost circulation) and specific work on reflex points. The technique will vary according to the individuals needs.
I will not make claims to diagnose, cure or prescribe to my clients. Every person responds individually and their feedback is encouraged to provide the best possible experience.
Reflexology is a safe and effective therapy, and although not the same as conventional medical treatment it works well alongside it. There is no need to get permission from the doctor although you may want to inform them. Your body is your responsibility.
Some people choose to utilise Reflexology purely as an occasional relaxing treat and that is absolutely fine ! But I am increasingly finding more people coming to me in search of a more natural, long- term investment in their overall health and well-being. Although there is no obligation to undertake a course of recommended treatments, regular clients often tend to find their overall health starts to improve and then this is maintained.
What happens during a Reflexology treatment.
An initial consultation will be done before your first session. Do wear comfortable clothes that can allow access to your lower leg ( no tight jeans ) .You will then be positioned so that your legs are supported and feet raised. It is most relaxing done on the therapy couch, but if preferred you may sit in a chair. Your socks will be removed.
Contra-indications to treatment include open wounds, infections, broken bones, blood clots and first trimester pregnancies. This will be established during your consultation.
The most common response following Reflexology is for you to feel deeply relaxed on all levels. If you have been experiencing physical pain or emotional stress this may be reduced- either felt immediately, or often over the course of 48 hours.
What to expect after a Reflexology treatment.
The most common response following reflexology is for you to feel deeply relaxed on all levels. The body will also begin to cleanse itself of toxins as the natural healing process begins so you may experience the following over the next 48 hours ;
The body will also begin to cleanse itself of toxins as the natural healing process begins. You may experience the following over the next 48 hours ;
- Increased thirst
- An increase in energy or vitality
- A need to rest and /or sleeping for longer periods
- Increased urination
- Changes in bowel movement
- Fluctuations in your emotional state.
- Cold like symptoms
To achieve the best outcome from your Reflexology session it is advised you avoid alcohol and caffeine, drink plenty of water, and allow the body sufficient rest. This is especially important over the first 48 hours.