Reflexology is an all natural, drug free approach to reviving the body's own healing abilities and resetting homeostasis (the body's equilibrium). Reflexology, originally called zone therapy, is an ancient healing practice that restores the body's equilibrium by stimulating reflex points on the feet, hands, and even the ears. Based on the theory that the body contains an energy field, or Qi, and the blockage of this force compromises health and prevents healing, reflexology restores natural energy flow by stimulating the nerves. Each reflex point in the hand and feet corresponds to every part, gland and organ of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help many health problems in a natural way.
What Is Foot Reflexology? Foot Reflexology is about far more than just foot massage. Foot reflexology is a method of both diagnosis and treatment which has been used throughout the world for thousands of years. The foot is viewed as a 'map', where different parts of the foot correspond to all the organs and systems in the body. By stimulating certain points on the foot, you are in turn adjusting the related organs in the body. Specialised foot massage techniques are used on particular points to rebalance and re-harmonise energy or Qi flow throughout the body. Stagnated or blocked energy flow causes pain so restoring this allows the body to return to its natural state of self healing.
How does Reflexology work? Reflex points in the feet are interconnected with the rest of your body through the central nervous system. Pressure on certain points sends signals that balance the nervous system, induce circulation, and release chemicals, like endorphins, opening up energy flow or Qi. This "pressure therapy" is performed by massaging, squeezing, or pushing parts of the foot, hand, or ear. Specific techniques using the thumb, fingers, and hands are utilized. Reflexology treats the whole person: mind, body and spirit as all these parts are intrinsically interconnected. Reflexology treatment helps to mobilise your own inner energy to wherever it is needed within your body to protect against imbalance.
What does Reflexology feel like? Foot reflexology is a non-invasive method of reducing pain and fatigue while also being incredibly relaxing. If you have any tenderness or sensitivity in a particular part of your foot, our practitioners will make note of this as it indicates that more work is needed in that area. Steadily, as we work on that area, the sensitivity will lessen and the corresponding part of your body should also feel better. So, for example, if you have a tender spot on your big toe which corresponds to your neck, our practitioners will apply pressure to this area to ease the tension in your neck.
How many treatments will I need? Treatment plans are based on each patient's individual needs, depth and duration of disease. Our experienced practitioners will give you a prognosis and treatment plan at your first visit. Our goal is to help you feel better as soon as possible.
What should I expect during a Foot Reflexology Session In general, a foot reflexology sitting lasts between 45 and 60 minutes. It often begins with a lifestyle and health consultation. You only need to remove socks and shoes and sit in a chair or sometimes lay on a table. Pressure is applied "dry," without the use of oils, creams, or lotions. In one session all parts of both feet are usually worked. At the end of a session, most patients feel relaxed and stress free. [see What to Expect for more detail]
What are the common conditions Foot Reflexology is used for? Anyone can benefit from foot reflexology; however, some people are great candidates for the benefits offered. Those people who may particularly gain results from reflexology often have: ~ High stress levels or stress related conditions ~ Tension headaches ~ Digestive disorders ~ Arthritis ~ Insomnia ~ Hormonal imbalances ~ Sports injuries ~ PMS ~ Back pain
What are thebenefits to Foot Reflexology? There are countless advantages of foot reflexology. After a session of reflexology, sore, tired, and aching feet are relaxed and revived. The benefits only begin there. Other results from foot reflexology are: ~ Stress reduction ~ Relaxation ~ Improved circulation ~ Reduction in pain ~ Assistance in weight loss ~ Improved health of all organs ~ Overall improved well being ~ Enhanced sleep patterns You may find reflexology useful in breaking habits or where no illness is apparent but something doesn't feel right within yourself. Foot reflexology is a powerful detoxification method. Benefits of foot reflexology are vast and vary greatly between patients. Using a qualified practitioner and consistent treatments are vital to optimize the restorative benefits of foot reflexology.
What are the side effects of foot reflexology? As reflexology is not intrusive, there are very few side effects to treatment. Most people feel very relaxed or sleepy, though some are highly alert and refreshed. However, normally both types are fully refreshed the next day. A common side effect is an increased visits to the toilet, as the body is flushing out toxins.