What is Reflexology
Reflexology is a Holistic Therapy that aims to balance the body as a whole. As a Reflexologist I will focus on working the whole body through both feet. Reflexology is a natural treatment using human touch and interaction to induce a deep state of relaxation. It is safe and non-invasive and can be performed on everyone, including babies, children, and elderly people. It is a treatment like no other. A very precise technique is used called thumb walking- a technique using pressure on specific points on the feet.
In Reflexology the feet are like mini maps of the body’s anatomy, thus any body system can be manipulated by applying pressure to specific areas of the feet associated to that system.
The aim is to stimulate the body’s own healing process to bring the body back into homeostasis or balance, aiming to bring back natural Chi (Positive Energy)-In traditional Chinese culture, Chi (also spelled qi) refers to the vital life force or energy that runs through all living beings. It is the essence of existence that flows through each of us, uniting the body, mind, and spirit. It is what makes us alive.
Reflexology is a wonderful, relaxing treatment it not only works to bring the body back to a natural form of homeostasis, but it can also aid in relieving symptoms of various conditions.
Reflexology works by removing stagnant energy (negative Chi) that the body holds onto at various points in time, through illness, poor diet, stress, or tension or even illness.
Once this Positive Chi is released into the body it then begins to allow the body to naturally heal itself.
Benefits of Reflexology
Better sleep patterns
Increased blood flow
Breakdown of toxic build up in the body
Improved mobility and flexibility
Relieving Stress or anxiety
Promoting positive Chi flow throughout the body
What to expect after a treatment
The effects of reflexology are unique to each individual. Some people may experience a sense of relaxation and well-being, others may find it energizing- finding they have a new burst of energy. The bodies response to the treatment could be instantaneous, or it make take a day or two. To gain the most from treatments it is recommended following a course of 6 to 8 sessions- to really feel the benefits of reflexology.
How to get the most from the treatment
It is important to follow the aftercare advise from your therapist. This will aid the positive energy flow in the body to promote the body’s natural healing process. This also enhances the benefits and helps them to last longer.
In the 12 hours after treatment, you should:
Drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins and waste that has been moved up and out by the reflexology. Staying hydrated will improve dryness of the skin, improve circulation and inflammation. Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces per day, especially on treatment days.
Avoid heavy meals for up to two hours after your treatment. Eating a large meal requires the body to work harder to break it down, this will send blood to your digestive tracts, rather than to the areas of the body needing healing. If needed, consider eating a light snack such as a piece of fruit.
Drinks such as coffee, teas, and carbonated drinks contain stimulants that can dehydrate your body and increase your heart rate. This can trigger or elevate symptoms of anxiety, potentially counteracting the benefits of your reflexology treatment.
It is extremely important to avoid alcohol after a treatment. Alcohol has diuretic effects, impairs judgment, and can undo the benefits gained from your treatment. Try to avoid alcohol and smoking for up to 24 hours, as the effects are intensified post-treatment.
Rest and Relax
It’s important to let your body recover naturally after a session of reflexology. Give your body time to relax during the day and be sure to aim for a good night’s sleep- phone away at a reasonable time-allow the mind to shut down naturally.
With any treatment, there is the possibility of experiencing some negative symptoms. Any side effects should pass within 24 hours and can be minimized by following the tips above. However, don’t be concerned if you experience mild effects of the following symptoms:
A temporary worsening of your symptoms
Chills (feeling hot and cold)
Irritability or restlessness
Clamminess of the hands and feet
The body needs to go through a cleanse and a healing, this must come out of the body in some form. Usually, the symptoms above are typical of this.
Can Reflexology help me?
With the aim of working the body as a whole to restore balance and harmony. Reflexology can also specifically highlight areas of the body where energy may be stagnant.
This can sometimes indicate problem areas in the body and possible reasons for illness, stress, pain or discomfort, hormonal imbalance, or digestive issues. The following are a list of some conditions that Reflexology can aid symptoms and restore balance:
Skeletal issues- Back pain, joint stiffness, arthritis.
Digestive issues- Diverticulitis, Irritable Bowel (IBS)
Respiratory issues- Colds, Flu, Sinusitis, Catarrh, rhinitis, Hay Fever
Endocrine issues- Thyroid, Gland issues
Stress- headaches, migraines, muscle tension, High blood pressure
Sleep problems- insomnia, restlessness
Skin Disorders- Acne, dermatitis, psoriasis
Fertility issues- Trying to conceive.
Reproductive system – Hormone Imbalance – irregular periods- Menopause/Perimenopause
Who is Reflexology for?
Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between.
However, there are certain groups that reflexology is not suitable for they are as follows:
Patients with foot fractures,
Patients with unhealed wounds, or active gout in the foot should avoid reflexology.
Patients with osteoarthritis that impacts the foot or ankle, or those with vascular disease of the legs or feet, should consult with their primary provider prior to beginning reflexology on the feet.
Treatment for foot problems such as corns, calluses, bunions, and ingrown toenails is not in the treatment practice of a reflexologist and should be treated by a doctor or podiatrist. Reflexology is a complementary therapy in that it works alongside other medical and therapeutic techniques.