Reflexology Is an ancient therapy that takes an holistic approach to healthcare through massage of pressure points on the feet. It dates back to Egypt circa 2500bc. There is also similar evidence of it being practised in China, Japan and India during this time. Reflexology aims to restore and maintain good health and a sense of well-being, by naturally balancing the systems within the body. It has proved to alleviate, and in some cases cure, a wide variety of disorders, many of which are related to the stress of modern life. Reflexology is endorsed by the BMA and is often used in conjunction with conventional medicine in hospitals and surgeries.
So how can Reflexology help you? Clients find the treatment relaxing and rejuvenating. It also helps to overcome the underlying causes of physical, emotional and mental problems. Reflexology is a gentle, non-intrusive holistic therapy, affecting the mind, body and spirit. It heals the whole body. There are points or reflexes on the feet that have been found to correspond to organs and glands of the body. When these organs are out of balance, one feels out of sorts. By gently massaging the reflexes, the corresponding organs are stimulated back into balance.
What does it involve? On your first visit there is a preliminary talk with the practitioner. The Reflexologist then begins to work on your feet, or hands if necessary, noting problem areas. There may be discomfort in some places, but it is fleeting, and is an indication of congestion or imbalance in a corresponding part of your body. For the most part, the sensation is pleasant and soothing. Reflexology will relax you while stimulating the body’s own healing mechanisms. Usually a treatment session lasts for about one hour. A course of treatment varies in length depending on your bodys needs. This will be discussed at the first session.
After the first treatment or two your body may respond in a very definite way: you may have a feeling of well -being and relaxation; or you may feel lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is transitory. It is, however, vital information for reflexologists, as it shows how your body is responding to the treatment.
How does it work? The nerve endings on the hands and feet send messages to the brain, which in turn produces endorphins, the bodies own painkillers. Then the endorphins are sent through the blood stream to the related area of the body.