Based on an ancient Chinese therapy, reflexology involves stimulating specific reflex areas in the foot that correspond to all internal organs, glands and regions of the body. Each reflex is connected to nerve endings in the feet of which there are over 7,200. By stimulating the nerve endings in the feet, reflexology aids the opening and clearing of neural pathways.
Applying pressure to these reflex areas can promote health in the corresponding organs through energetic pathways. The pressure may send signals that balance the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce pain and stress. The pressure allows the release of blocked energy and built up toxins.
During a treatment, mental and physical tensions are released and a state of relaxation is induced. This allows the body to improve circulation, encourage lymphatic drainage and toxin build up to release, stimulates nerve pathways and relax muscles.
Reflexology divides the body into "zones" instead of acupressure's "meridians." The 10 zones start at the top of the head and divide the body into equal sections down to the feet. Each of those 10 zones has a corresponding area on the foot. Similar to acupressure principles, reflexology works with the body’s energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance in physical and emotional health.
What should I expect from a Reflexology treatment?
Reflexology is not ticklish as an appropriately firm pressure is generally used. However this can be readily adapted so if you prefer a gentler pressure then this is absolutely fine. It is your time and your treatment so it needs to meet your individual needs and preference. If a particular part of the body is out of balance, the corresponding reflex may feel a little tender or sore during the treatment. If this is the case, then I encourage you to let me know so that I may take steps to rectify any discomfort.
Generally people describe any areas of tenderness as a ‘sweet pain’ which is both bearable and beneficial. I will generally use a combination of relaxation techniques with precise thumb and finger walking movements aimed at applying pressure to every reflex area on the soles and top of the feet and around the ankles. Overall though, you should feel a deep sense of calm, nurture and relaxation.
Reflexology may be helpful to ease:
40 minutes £30
60 minutes £35
Helping the healing process in a natural, holistic way
Reflexology is a complementary therapy widely accepted in the UK and recognised by the NHS, many GPs and hospices. It is safe for most people of all ages, from babies to the elderly, for pregnant women and those undergoing chemotherapy. Whilst reflexology works very well alongside conventional medicine, it should never be used in place of seeking professional medical advice.
Disclaimer: please note reflexologists make no claim or promise to cure any ailment or medical condition.