Reflexology is a non-invasive, holistic health therapy that’s been around for thousands of years. It is not a diagnostic treatment.
A reflexologist massages specific points on the feet believed to correspond to different areas and organs of the body. It helps the energy flow, blood circulation, aids deep relaxation, and brings the body back into a healthy state of balance.
The ancient therapy of reflexology is a safe, natural, and relaxing way to treat many health problems such as:
- Digestive disorders, IBS
- Anxiety, Panic Attacks
- Circulation Problems
- Arthritic pain
- Hormonal imbalances, PMT
What Is Reflexology?
It’s said that our eyes are the windows to our soul – and our health.
And it’s also true that our feet – which each have more than 7,000 nerve endings – contain the solution to many of our health problems, thanks to reflexology.
The Egyptians, Chinese and Indians were the first to practice the ancient therapy reflexology. It was brought the West in 1913 by Dr. William Fitzgerald, who called it “Zone Therapy”.
In the 1930s, Eunice Ingham further developed Zone Therapy into what is known today as reflexology.
Our lives are more stressful than ever before. This is bad news for our wellbeing and health. In fact, most doctors agree that 8 out of 10 health problems, such as those listed above, are stress related.
Many common health complaints are caused by excessive amounts of toxins and impurities in the body. These health problems are warning signs that we need to bring ourselves back into balance before the problems worsen and develop into something even more serious.
How reflexology Helps With Your Health
Reflexology is not only a deeply relaxing foot massage, but it also cleanses your body of illness-causing toxins and impurities.
A reflexologist does this by using massage to improve circulation and blood supply, which helps the body heal and get rid of toxins. As mentioned before, there are specific pressure points on the soles of your feet that correspond to different areas and organs of your body.
The big toe, for example, corresponds with the head, the heels with the back. Applying light but definite pressure to these points helps to improve blood circulation and energy flow, which gets rid of the toxins and impurities and brings your body into a healthy state of balance.
It’s safe and suitable for all ages.
What Happens During Your Treatment?
In your first session, there’s an initial consultation with the reflexologist to evaluate your health and lifestyle. After that, you’ll remove your shoes and socks and sit comfortably in a chair.
If you are ticklish, fear not. Reflexology treatments are not ticklish and nor are they painful.
The reflexologist will pay attention to any parts of your feet that relate to your health problems. Specific areas are then stimulated so as to pinpoint any areas of tenderness or tension.
When pressure is applied you may feel different sensations such as tingling or a “surge” as the blocked energy is released. You will probably feel very relaxed afterward.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
This varies from person to person, are we are all unique. You are likely to feel benefits after just one treatment, but a series of sessions may be needed to treat specific health complaints.
A weekly session might be necessary until consistent improvement is recorded, progressing to fortnightly, then monthly treatments.
After completing a course of reflexology treatments, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular sessions to maintain wellbeing and health. It’s a perfect way to give yourself some quality time and relaxation.
Don’t let stress ruin your health and wellbeing!
Untreated stress is harmful to your health. It not only causes illness but can also affect your relationships, career and other areas of your life.
Self-care is essential, and just one reflexology session, which usually lasts around 45–60 minutes, can rejuvenate you and give you the precious time you need to unwind and look after yourself.
All you need to do is lie back and relax.