What is Reflexology?

Reflexology treats the WHOLE YOU rather than just the symptoms of disease.

The aim of reflexology is to release any blockages to health & happiness, and restore the free flow of energy and blood circulation throughout your body. To achieve this, specific techniques are applied to reflex areas on the feet that correspond to tissues, organs and systems throughout the entire body. Stimulating these reflexes encourages the body to heal itself, often miraculously, restoring and maintaining natural equilibrium, as well as promoting relaxation and a general sense of well-being. It can:

  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Increase focus and clarity
  • Encourage and restore the flow of nutrient  and oxygen through the body
  • Relax sore and tired muscles
  • Induce overall relaxation and peace of mind
  • Rebalance the hormones
  • Stimulate and balance your metabolism.
  • Boost your immune system.

The ancient Chinese practice of Reflexology, a manual therapy focusing on the feet, has recently enjoyed a surge in popularity as a modern holistic therapy to relieve pain and stress.

How does Reflexology work?

For 3,000 years Chinese practitioners have used Reflexology to re-balance Qi (the life force flowing through energy channels) to treat many conditions.. There are between 7,000 and 7,200 nerve endings in the human foot, and each of these is a reflex point that corresponds to a body part.

Reflexology uses special finger/thumb manipulations to stimulate reflex points, which will encourage the flow of energy to the corresponding body part. This gradually helps to restore homoeostasis (balance) and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself, physically and emotionally.

There are many benefits to this practice. Reflexology can assist in such conditions as:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Back Problems
  • Blood Pressure
  • Constipation
  • Eczema
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Hay Fever
  • Neck Problems
  • Stress Disorders
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Insomnia
  • Knee Problems

Results from a Reflexology treatment

Reflexology can boost a sluggish circulation and is useful for treating stress, anxiety, back pain, migraine, poor digestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), respiratory problems, asthma, headache, bladder problems, menopausal symptoms and period pain.

Reflexology increases the flow of energy, increases the circulation and stimulates the digestive system. It is so effective at this that most people feel a need to pee after a session, and are nearly always thirsty, as toxins are eliminated from the body. It is also recommended that you do not drink alcohol in the 24 hours before or after a session, as the effects of the alcohol can be multiplied.

Although results vary from individual to individual, the soothing action of reflexology generally leaves the recipient feeling deeply relaxed and peaceful afterwards.

Reflexology and babies

Reflexology is becoming more popular among mother and baby groups. Parents giving baby Reflexology to their baby’s feet may strengthen the natural loving bond between mother and baby, and father and baby.

It has been found that parents may easily calm their babies with this fuss free, convenient and soothing treatment as well as helping conditions such as Colic, teething and digestive problems in babies.

Reflexology can also be offered as part of palliative care for patients undergoing treatment for Cancer to help with pain relief, boost their immune system and fight off infections.

Reflexology has also been a cause of a rise in success for fertility for people finding it hard to conceive. Some points on the foot are associated with a woman’s egg production and by manipulating these areas, Reflexologists claim they can correct the imbalances which can hamper pregnancy.

People who have not yet experienced the healing benefits and immense pleasure of reflexology may find it hard to believe that something so relaxing and enjoyable can be so good for you!

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