What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are felfex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body.
Reflexology is the application of pressure on reflex points. It is generally relaxing and may be an effective way to alleviate stress.
These reflex points correspond to organs and systems of the body. Pressure applied to these points affects the organs and benefit's the person's health.
What part of the body is reflexolgy performed on?
Reflexology may be performed on the feet, hands, and ears. The most common and most effective place to receive reflexology treatment is on the feet.
What does reflexolog do?
Reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer. It can also treat a wide variety of medical consitions such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, and depression. Reflexology helps restore the body's balance naturally.
Is reflexology safe?
Generally reflexology is considred safe, although pressure may cause discomfort for some people.
Will reflexology help me?
Reflexology is an individualized treatment which is tailored to each individual as a whole person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might affect your wellbeing. Some people find it words for them, some don't. The only way to find out if it will work for you is to try it.
What should I expect when I go for a reflexology treatment?
At your first treatment a full medical history will be requested, and you will sign a consent form for treatment. All information is kept confidential. You will be asked to remove your socks and shoes for treatment. The therapist will use their hands to apply pressure to the reflex points of the feet. You may feel areas of discomfort during your treatment, but generally the experience should be relaxing. Your therapist may recommend a course of treatments.
Depending on your specific needs essential oils may be placed on reflex points.
How will I feel aftrer a reflexology treatment?
Give feedback to your therapist as this may show the response of your body to the treatment. This in turn will help your therapist to tailor a treatment plan specifically to fit your needs. After a couple of treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people have a sense of well-being and feeling lethargic, nauseas, or trearful, but this is usually tranisitory and this is part of the healing process.
Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.
Are there situations in which reflexology would not be a wise choice?
Reflexology is dicouraged in people with
- foot fractures, unhealed wounds, or active gout
- Osteoarthritis that affects the foot or ankle
- Vascualr disease of the legs or feet
- Current thrombosis or embolism
- Early pregnancy (the first trimester)
- Allow at least 48 hours between touch therapy appointments such as massage or reflexology sessions.