What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is an alternative therapy based on the principles that points of the feet (also hands, face and ear) are energetically connected to other parts, organs and systems of the body. These points are stimulated by pressure with specific thumb and finger techniques. Reflexology then aims to re-establish energetic balance in areas that are source of pain, discomfort of disease (by stimulating the reflex points of those areas). Back into balance, the body and mind’s inner ability to heal will be able to work its magic ! There are many styles and approaches to reflexology but the principle is the same. Reflexology is one of the least invasive complementary therapy as only the feet and lower calves are worked on, and so suits most. You don’t even need to disrobe !
What to expect in a treatment..
During a reflexology treatment you will experience a deep state of relaxation. You will come out feeling like you’ve caught up on a night of sleep in only an hour! Reflexology is great for stress and anxiety, digestive and respiratory problems, hormonal imbalances, sleeping disorders, physical aches and pain, migraines, and some conditions for which massage is contra-indicated.
What are the Benefits?
- Cure colds/minor ailments
- Increase energy
- Relieve stress, pain, and anxiety
- Improve blood and lymph circulation
- Prevent injury
- Stimulate activity of internal organs
- Successfully treat liver dysfunction, constipation, IBS, chronic headaches, and skin allergies
- Relieve pressure in the legs and feet, especially well for pregnant women, it’s not advisable in the final trimester as it can cause contractions.
- These techniques are beneficial to young children and babies.
- (Reflexologists claim that reflexology also can treat a wide variety of medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and cancer. However, there is little scientific evidence to support these claims)
Who shouldn’t have a treatment?
Contraindications associated with reflexology:
As reflexology focuses mostly on the feet, if you have any unhealed wounds, fractures, gout, or other painful conditions it may be possible for the reflexologist to focus on other areas as it is not recommend to go through with treatments, therapists would refer another therapy or focus only on the hands, face and ears.
- Any contagious skin disease ie. impetigo, scabies, chicken pox, mumps etc.
- Severe psoriasis or eczema on foot (foot will be too sore to work)
- Any untreated severe medical condition, or acute pain (Reflexology may hide a condition which needs medical attention)
- Undesirable characters
- Anyone under influence of alcohol or recreational drugs
- Internal bleeding
- Severe varicose veins i.e. phlebitis (Reflexology may increase pressure of blood to veins)
- Any form of infection, disease or fever (can make client feel worse and spread infection to the therapist)
- Diarrhoea and vomiting – cross infection
- Bruising on feet
- Cuts, grazes, open skin, rashes, bites, burns, fractures
- First few days of menstruation (Reflexology may make period heavier)
- Immediately after a heavy meal – leave 2 hours
- Athletes foot or verruaes
- Localised swelling/inflammation
- Scar tissue (2 years for major operation, and 6 months small scar)
- Hormonal implants
- Recent fractures (minimum 3 months)
- Cervical spondylitis
Why do Mae & Lisa enjoy giving reflexology treatments?
As a therapist, we particularly love reflexology treatments as they are non invasive, they are a very meditative practice and a great level of presence is required and we leave the session greatly relaxed as well! If you haven’t yet found the therapy that suits you, or you just want to try something different, it might be time to come and try Reflexology! Please have a look on our Mind Body App, under wellness to see when Mae or Lisa have their next available appointment to book in, or call our clinic today! Many thanks!