As a reflexologist I am often approached by clients who are hoping to achieve something; improved sleep, reduced stress, medical help, a worry-free life, fewer migraines, and so on. I am also sometimes considered peoples ‘last resort’. Clients have tried their GP, taken up some form of exercise, working on their diet, etc so what else can they do? During reflexology, my clients fall into a deep sense of relaxation and calmness. Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet, hands, and ears. It promotes healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encourages the flow of blood. In the process, reflexology not only quells the sensation of pain but relieves the source of it too. The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are “reflex” areas on these areas that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other important parts of the body.
The tips of the toes reflect the head.
The balls of the feet reflect the heart and chest.
The arch of the feet reflects the liver, pancreas, and kidney.
The heels of the feet reflect the lower back and intestines
So what is Reflexology?
I always remind my clients that reflexology is very different from a foot massage, these two treatments might seem similar, but there are some key differences although both can be beneficial! Reflexology is a targeted, pressure-point massage to restore the flow of energy throughout the body. A scientific explanation would be that the pressure may send signals that balance the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce pain and stress. By applying pressure to these “reflex” areas, I can promote health in the corresponding organs through energetic pathways. This type of treatment focuses on specific parts of the body, sending a calming message from the nerves to the central nervous system. In turn, this signals the body to enhance overall relaxation, adjust tension levels, bring your internal organs and all their systems to a state of optimum functioning, and increase blood supply. Dr. Willian Fitzgerald introduced the concept of “Zone therapy” to the West in the early 1900s. He believed that certain areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body. This concept was furthered by physiotherapist Eunice Ingram in the 1930s into the modern practice of reflexology as we know it today.
What to expect on the day!
As your reflexologist, I will apply firm pressure on the “reflex” areas of your body. I will assess the feet and then stimulate various points to identify areas of tenderness or tension. Then I will proceed to use brisk movements to warm up the feet. After this, pressure will be applied from the toes to the heel according to your level of comfort. Most people find reflexology to be very relaxing for the most part.
While I’m working away on the feet, helping the body focus, my clients are helping themselves to take another step closer to their goal.
Though the Reflexology massages, I bring you one step closer to your goals. This form of massage provides a lengthy list of benefits, did you know that they have been regularly said to:
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Reduce pain
- Improve general well-being
- Improve blood circulation
- Help in relaxation
- Promote better sleep
- Relieve body pains
- Improve mood
- Alleviate swelling
As with any treatment, it is important to let your masseuse know:
- If you are, think you might be, pregnant
- If you have any underlying health conditions or if you are receiving any form of medication or treatment (please consult with a doctor beforehand).
- Your complete and accurate health history before following through with the procedure.
- If you have any injuries or operations recently, speak with a medical professional before carrying out this treatment.
- If are allergic to anything, or particularly have any skin allergies.