Reflexology is based upon the principle that there are energy zones that run throughout the body and there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all the major parts of the body. By applying pressure and stimulating certain points the body’s innate healing abilities are triggered, energy flow is increased and inner balance is restored.
Benefits of Reflexology:
- Increased circulation
- Improved relaxation
- Sense of well being
- Supports immune system
- Elimination of toxins from the body
- Lowers Blood Pressure.
- Cancer Relief.
- Improve tension, stress and circulation associated with enhancing your own fertility.
- Beneficial in supporting the symptoms in Pregnancy.
Reflexology can help alleviate many problems, such as colds, sinusitis, migraines, asthma, sciatica and insomnia. It relaxes, reduces stress and detoxifies the body and can be used effectively as a preventative form of health care. It can bring a balance to conditions such as hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, back pain and headaches.
Problems Reflexology can help with:
- Stress, anxiety, depression
- Back pain
- Hormonal imbalances/PMS
- IBS/digestive disorders
- Stress related conditions
- Sleep problems
A Reflexology treatment (with or without specially selected aromatherapy oils) lasts for approximately 60 minutes. The first treatment, however, can take up to 90 minutes as a full client consultation has to be carried out before treatment can commence.
During a typical reflexology session, the reflexologist will take a detailed medical history. Sessions are usually performed in a comfortable chair or couch. The client will be asked to remove footwear and socks. The practitioner will make a visual and tactile examination of the area to be worked before beginning the precise reflexology movements. The particular types of movements involved require the application of an appropriate pressure using the thumb and fingers.
Reflexology may be beneficial in restoring balance and harmony in the body and releasing tension. Practitioners believe that it helps facilitate a deep state of relaxation, calm the emotions, and produce a serene mind. Research studies support many of these benefits.
Many people describe a profound sense of relaxation and increased energy following their session. In addition, specific studies indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and anxiety.
Reflexology is growing increasingly popular across Europe and Asia as both a complement to other treatments and as a preventive measure. One example is Denmark, where various municipalities and companies have employed reflexologists since the early ’90s.
According to several studies, this practice in Denmark has resulted in reduced sick leave and absenteeism (and significant economic savings for the employers). Employees have consistently reported complete or partial improvement in conditions where they sought reflexologists’ help and even relief for additional problems related to stress. In one municipal district, almost one-third of the employees reported greater satisfaction with their jobs after completing six sessions with a reflexologist.