Reflexology is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that encourages the body to balance and heal itself. Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the theory that different points on the feet, face, hands or ears relate to different parts of the body. The reflexologist uses their hands, fingers and knuckles to work these reflexes to encourage the mind and body to relax and therein improve wellbeing.There are thousands of nerve endings terminating in the feet beloved to be connected to all the glands, organs and muscles within the body.
Similar to acupuncture, reflexology works on balancing the energy of the body through activating reflex points on the feet.
- Stimulates nerve supply and nerve energy to body enhancing energy and vitality.
-Promotes homeostasis and aids the stress response.
- We assess imbalances in a person as a whole and help a person’s own healing energy resolve imbalances and health conditions.
Reflexology does not take the place of medical advice. It aims to help you achieve and maintain good health, and is a non-intrusive therapy which can be used on everyone, young or old. The gentle pressure and massage of selective areas of the feet helps to release tension and encourages you to relax. It also promotes good blood circulation and nerve responses which help the body to return to a normal balanced state.
Such holistic or whole-body therapies often help people to cope with, and improve, many stress-related problems for eg: sleeping disorders, digestive & bowel disorders, feelings of anxiety, stress and depression, headaches, muscular & joint pains, fatigue, pregnancy & fertility issues, menstrual problems.
Please note there are some reasons why you would not be able to have reflexology:
1st Trimester of pregnancy
Undiagnosed pain or condition
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Flight in next/previous 24 hours
Other potential reasons, such as when you are undergoing imminent medical tests (next 48 hours) and treatment, although this may be temporary, for example when tests are imminent or medication is new. It is not a diagnosis or replacement for medical care.
As a reflexologist I enjoy reading about the many scientific studies showing the benefits of this therapy. Please click here for NHS evidence including the benefits for breast cancer, fatigue, pain management, back pain, menopause, labour preparation, stress, PMS & anxiety and click here for the AoR Migraine Study.