About Reflexology

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a therapy in which the therapist uses their thumbs and fingers to apply pressure to the client’s feet, hands and ears etc.

The feet, hands and ears etc can be thought of as mirroring the body. All organs, systems and glands of the body can be mapped onto areas of the feet, hands and ears etc. These areas are called reflex points. A reflexologist knows how to stimulate the reflex points in order to bring about a response in the corresponding part of the body.

Reflexology is based on the ancient Chinese theory that energy is flowing all around our bodies. If the energy can flow freely then we are balanced and healthy. If the energy is obstructed, illness may result.

A qualified reflexologist can restoring energy flow thus enabling the body to get rid of toxic waste products and heal itself.

How does reflexology work?

For example: the tips of the toes reflect the head; the heart and chest are around the ball of the foot; the liver, pancreas and kidney are in the arch of the foot….

Doctors believe that applying pressure to these reflex areas can promote health in the corresponding organs through energetic pathways. A scientific explanation is that the pressure may send signals that balance the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce pain and stress.

What will I feel?

Most people find reflexology for the most part to be very relaxing.
Reflexology shouldn’t be painful. If you feel discomfort, be sure to tell the doctor. He or she should work within your comfort zone.
Some areas may be tender or sore, and the doctor may spend extra time on these points. The soreness should decrease with pressure.
If you’re ticklish, not to worry. The doctor applies firm pressure to the feet.

Why do people get reflexology?

Such as stress and stress-related conditions; tension headaches; digestive disorders; arthritis; insomnia; hormonal imbalances; sports injuries; menstrual disorders, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS); digestive problems, such as constipation; back pain; reflexology is a popular therapy. It promotes relaxation, improves circulation, reduces pain, soothes tired feet, and encourages overall healing. Reflexology is also used for post-operative, palliative care.   

What is a typical reflexology treatment like?

A typical treatment is 30 minutes. You are then asked to remove your shoes and socks and sit comfortably in a reclining chair or on a massage table. Otherwise you remain fully clothed. The doctor will assess the feet and then stimulates various points to identify areas of tenderness or tension.
The doctor then uses brisk movements to warm the feet up. Then pressure is applied from the toes to the heel according to your comfort.
Lotion or oil may be used.

How will I feel after?

Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. They may even feel sleepy.
Occasionally, people feel nauseous, anxious, or tearful, but this is only temporary and is considered to be part of the healing process.

Precautions:

If you’re pregnant, talk with your doctor first.
Be sure to give the doctor a complete and accurate health history.
If you have foot ulcers, injury, or blood vessel disease such as blood clots, consult your doctor before having reflexology.
 

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