Holistic, Lifestyle, Reflexology

WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands or ears. Reflexology is generally calming and may help ease stress.

The theory behind reflexology is based on an understanding that areas of the foot (hand or ear) correspond to organs and systems of the body. Pressure applied to areas on the foot is thought to bring relaxation and therapeutic healing to the corresponding area of the body. Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas. Reflexology may sometimes be combined with other hands-on therapies to create a holistic approach to wellbeing.

What Happens During a Session?

Visiting a reflexologist should be an enjoyable experience.  Your therapist should provide a clean, comfortable and inviting room for your treatment.

A session is usually carried out in a reclining chair, or on a massage couch, and you should expect to remove your shoes and socks or tights.  Some women may feel more comfortable wearing trousers.

  • a full consultation and medical history will be taken at the start of the session.
  • your feet will be cleaned by the therapist at the start of the treatment.
  • this will be followed by working each foot in turn, applying pressure to stimulate the reflexes of your entire body.
  • the treatment ends with relaxing foot massage.
  • a glass of water will be provided along with full aftercare advice.

massage collection

Possible Side-Effects?

Reflexology is generally a safe and non-invasive treatment.  By clearing blockages or obstructions you may experience an overall body response as the body attempts to release accumulated toxins; symptoms may include

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • flu-like symptoms
  • tiredness
  • heightened energy

Symptoms usually pass within one to 24 hours and may be reduced by drinking plenty of water.

Pouring of fresh water from jug into glass on wooden table

How Else Can It Help?

Reflexology is a way of recognising and locating imbalances in the body’s organs and systems.

The human body is constantly trying to maintain a natural balance.  Sometimes due to stress, injury, a build-up of toxic waste, bad diet or poor elimination, this is not possible and the body becomes unwell. Reflex zone massage picks out these areas of imbalance and with a little work, helps them to return to normal.  It is not necessarily a cure but can help in the body rebalance itself.

Disease is caused by blockages in energy lines and treatment involves clearing these obstructions by stimulating various points along the lines. When congestions are cleared energy is able to flow freely and the body is able to achieve a state of balance.

Safety

Although not an alternative to conventional medicine, reflexology complements and can enhance conventional medicines and treatments.  It is also ideal if you’re seeking relaxation and stress relief.

Choosing a Reflexologist

Each individual therapist brings their own personality and unique way of conducting their treatments. It is important that you have a good rapport with the person who is going to be working with you. You may wish to consider the following points when choosing a reflexologist or other complementary therapist.

  • meet or speak with your therapist before booking
  • location and accessibility
  • training and experience
  • number of sessions
  • cost per session
  • other services/products

If you’d like to speak to me about anything in this article, have any further questions or would like to book an appointment, please complete the contact form below with your query or phone number if you would like a call back.  Alternatively you can find me number directly on the contact page.

Northamptonshire Health & Wellness Event

Join us at the Northamptonshire Health & Wellness Event on Sunday 19th May – 11am to 5pm

Flyer for Northants Health & Wellness event

For this I’m collaborating with the lovely Rachel Dennis who is also a Neal’s Yard Consultant.  She will be sharing the blue bottle love with people and I will be offering Reflexology taster sessions on Sunday 19th only.

 

Do come along and support us  – try a treatment or a new product.  Surround yourself with Health & Wellbeing and let it into your life!

Little Staughton Ladies Pamper Evening

A lovely pamper evening with a selection of treatments and beautiful things to buy to raise money for Little Staughton Village Hall.  A perfect treat for Mother’s Day.

 

I am doing reflexology taster sessions and will have my Neal’s Yard products available to try and buy (including brand new Frankincense Hand Serum – ooh lovely!)

Reflexology, self-love

Banish the January Blues with a Reflexology Treatment

A reflexology treatment is a great way to balance the body and beat those January blues.  Just imagine snuggling down under a cozy blanket in a quiet space with gentle music in the background, subtle aromatherapy fills the air as your eyes close and your reflexologist begins to gently massage your feet………

But how does it work?

Reflexology has been used for centuries as a form of relaxation and healing, but the modern version we use today was developed from a combination of these ancient techniques and zone therapy.   Zone therapy, which was popular at the beginning of the 20th century, works by applying pressure to one part of the body and seeing results (usually pain relief) in another.  Extensive research and painstaking effort went into mapping the organs and systems of the whole body on the feet.  Each organ, system and joint has a corresponding reflex on one or other, or both feet.

During a reflexology treatment the therapist will massage or ‘thumb-walk’ over the whole foot and by concentrating on specific areas they are ensuring all major systems and organs are covered.  The touch and massage is usually very relaxing and many people will often dose or go into a deep state of relaxation during a session.  I say ‘usually very relaxing’ as there are a few people for whom having their feet touched, let alone massaged, unfortunately has the opposite effect.  But for those who enjoy this type of treatment, there are more benefits than just the relaxing element; I mention above that the whole body has been mapped on the feet so it reasons that if the foot is massaged then so is the body!

How can this help?

By systematically massaging and applying pressure across first one foot and then the other, all systems, such as the nervous or digestive systems, all the organs and joints are receiving the benefits of massage.  These benefits include increased blood flow to the area, which cleanses and repairs and also the release of tension.  The body is incredible at healing itself but sometimes our stressful lifestyles block or hamper the body’s own abilities to fix itself.

Whilst reflexology is not a treatment to cure all ills, it is a very good indicator to show where the body is suffering (not always where we think it is).  A reflexology treatment will also give the body a helping hand to heal itself.  A body that is first relaxed and balanced can then begin to nurture and repair itself.

If this sounds just what you need, you can contact me to book your January-boosting appointment.

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