What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is based on the principle that certain areas on the soles of the feet or hands known as reflex zones, correspond to other parts of the body. Because these areas are rich in nerve endings, it is believed that when pressure is applied, the body’s natural ability to heal itself is stimulated and health is restored.
‘The Chinese believe that reflexology stimulates the body into healing itself by improving circulation, reducing stress, pain and restoring natural balance’
Everyone can enjoy the benefits that reflexology offers.
Induces a deep sense of relaxation
Relieves stress and tension
Encourages the body to heal itself
Balances blood pressure
Creates an incredible feeling of wellbeing Gives more confidence
Deepens sleep and reduces insomnia
Eases aches and pains by relaxing the musculature
Improves the mobility of joints
Detoxifies and cleanses the body of impurities and toxins
Balances the hormones, helping disorders such as P.M.T and the menopause
Improves the condition and tone of the skin.
Relieves indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, and other digestive disorders.
Slows and deepens breathing
Encourages the expulsion of mucus. helps urinary problems such as cystitis.
Prevents illnesses form occurring.
Stimulates mental function and helps concentration.
Seeks out the cause of an illness
Adjusts emotional imbalances.
Calms over activity or stimulates under activity in any part of the body.
The most obvious effect of a reflexology and one of the reasons this treatment is so successful, is that it helps with stress reduction. The techniques of reflexology include finger or thumb walking where the reflexologist walks the finger or thumb over different areas of the feet in a set sequence and massage and kneading of the foot using the whole hand. The experience is generally firm, but gentle, and should never cause discomfort or pain.
According to “The Complete Illustrated Guide to Reflexology,” people of any age or sex, the elderly, women, men, teenagers, children and babies can derive positive benefits from reflexology.”
What to Expect
‘On your initial consultation you will be asked about your medical history, health issues, lifestyle and diet. This usually takes about 15 minutes.
You will then be asked to remove your shoes and socks only.
Painless pressure will be applied to your feet using thumb and forefinger to help identify which areas of your body are not functioning properly.
A Reflexology Session usually lasts 30 to 60 minutes and focuses on the soles of your feet, unless you are very ticklish, in which case your hands can be used to the same effect.
Usually five or six sessions to treat specific health conditions are required
• Increase your water intake ,as this will further enhance the treatment by
encouraging the flow of toxins towards lymph nodes
• Relax at least 5/10 minutes after massage.
• Do not do any strenuous exercise for at least three or four hours after treatment.
• You may feel a little stiffness in the muscles, so you should do some gentle
stretches to loosen the muscles –i.e. neck /shoulder area.
• Any dry skin / cellulite i.e. recommend creams ,lotions, loofah, body brushing
• Further treatments advice recommended client to return in one week for body
massage or other treatments i.e. aromatherapy massage
• If essential oils are used advise client to leave on the skin as it is absorbed into the blood stream and will stay working for at least 36 hours
• No other heat treatment for the day i.e. uv sauna infrared
• Advise on Epsom salt bath for muscle relaxation
• Advise on diet i.e. wholemeal food plus your 5 fruit and vegetable a day.
• Advise on stretching and posture exercises
• Drink herbal tea
• Do not eat a heavy meal after treatment
A contraindication is a condition which either prevents or restricts a treatment from being carried out.
It is essential to establish any contraindications prior to carrying out a massage treatment. The client can then be advised to have a different treatment or where appropriate seek medical advice.
Please note a reflexology treatment in no way replaces the need for Proper Medical Treatment. With any condition the first contact should be with your G.P or Health Centre
For a full list of Contraindications please click here
A contra-action is a rare reaction that can happen after a treatment. The symptoms usually have rapid onset. Initially the client can feel worse before their condition gets better. Symptoms can last anywhere between 3 and 4 hours to 3 to 4 days. This is perfectly normal and is known as the ‘Healing process.’ Usually however, reactions to the treatment are pleasant and the person experiences a feeling of relaxation and calmness. Clients may also find that they have increased levels of energy and feel rejuvenated. Severity of the reaction depends on the degree of imbalance and the body should take heed of what is happening and adhere to it.