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Reflexology

What is reflexology?

  • Reflexology is an ancient therapy dating back more than 4000 years to Egypt, China and India
  • Reflexology is a gentle, non-invasive holistic therapy
  • It is based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops and sides of the feet are connected to corresponding areas throughout the body
  • There are similar reflex points on the hands which may be used for reflexology treatments, when it is not possible to treat the feet
  • Reflexology involves massage of these areas and can assist the body back to balance, which may help to restore vitality and well being
  • Many people with a wide variety of issues such as stress, pain management, fertility, respiratory or digestive problems, amongst other reasons, seek reflexology
  • The NHS recognise Reflexology as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

What happens?

A treatment typically consists of

  • A confidential consultation to allow you to discuss your medical history, and individual needs and expectations
  • Prior to the treatment you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks
  • You will either lie on a therapist’s couch, or, if you prefer, sit in a Lafuma chair (reclining therapy chair).
  • You can choose whether to have relaxing music or silence during your treatment. Extra blankets and pillows are available to ensure you are comfortable and warm throughout
  • To start, your feet will be cleaned with warm water and, optionally, a refreshing spray
  • The treatment involves applying pressure to reflex points on the foot with thumbs and fingers, using specialised massage techniques
  • Optionally, at the end of your treatment a moisturising foot balm will be applied
  • Following the treatment aftercare advice will be given

Benefits may include

  • Helping with relaxation
  • Promoting a sense of well-being
  • Improving mood
  • Aiding sleep

When shouldn’t you have reflexology?

Very few conditions totally rule out a reflexology treatment, however if you currently have diarrhoea, vomiting, fever, flu or a cold, or an injury or infection to the feet then reflexology is not advisable until they have resolved.

If you are pregnant, or have epilepsy, diabetes, a heart or cardiovascular condition, or have recently had surgery it may be necessary to have permission from your GP or other health professional involved in your care before starting reflexology treatment.

Children

Sessions may be shorter and pressure used reduced. A parent or guardian needs to be present during treatment.

What reflexology isn’t?

Reflexology is not a substitute for medical care from your GP or other healthcare professional, nor is it a diagnostic procedure.

Please feel free to contact me with any other questions…