What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary therapy based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower legs, hands and face correspond with different organs and parts of the body. Reflexologists believe that applying gentle pressure to these areas brings about a deep state of relaxation and helps improve well-being.
Reflexology is suitable for anyone of any age, from babies to those receiving end of life care. It is a treatment tailored to you as an individual, which takes into account physical and non-physical factors which could be affecting your health and well-being. As a reflexologist my aim is to support you as an individual and help you to improve your own health and well-being.
Reflexologists do not diagnose, prescribe or cure. Reflexology should complement any medical care being provided by your doctor and should never be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.
What are the benefits of reflexology?
The benefits of reflexology include:
- helping you to relax,
- improving your mood,
- aiding sleep,
- helping to relieve tension,
- alleviating stress,
- and improving your overall sense of well-being.
You may notice other aspects improve too but this happens on a very individual basis.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy, so at your first appointment we will spend 15-30 minutes discussing your health, diet, lifestyle and what you are hoping to get from the treatments. This enables me to adapt the treatment to your specific needs. You should allow approximately 75-90 minutes for your first appointment. Subsequent appointments will last 60 minutes.
Then I will ask you to remove your shoes and socks and lie back in a very comfortable reclining chair or on a massage couch. I will work the reflex areas on your feet, hands or face (depending on the type of treatment you have booked) using my fingers and thumbs. The treatment is not at all ticklish as I use a gentle but firm pressure and it should be very relaxing. Reflexes which are out of balance may feel uncomfortable or tender and require extra attention, but this will only be done with your agreement.
After a session
You should leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. To get the best out of your treatment you should try to rest and stay relaxed for the rest of the day, drink plenty of water, avoid large meals and stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine. Depending on what you are hoping to get from your treatments we may agree on some 'home work' for you to do between treatments (such as working reflexes on your hand or making small changes to your diet or lifestyle).