The art of Reflexology is an ancient therapy that has been practiced for over 5000 years and was introduced to the western world over 100 years ago. Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary therapy which is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists believe that working these points or areas, aids relaxation and helps improve wellbeing.
Long term stress can affect many systems in the body and is thought to be responsible for many illnesses. Reflexology can be effective in reducing stress, which in turn has a positive effect on the body both physically and emotionally. Reflexology can help improve mood and overall wellbeing, release tension, and aid sleep. It is suitable for all ages and can be performed on the hands if preferred. Reflexology can be used as a one-off treatment for a specific condition and also as an ongoing health maintenance programme, helping to keep the body in balance.
A Typical Session
On your first appointment a full medical history will be taken to ensure that reflexology is appropriate for you. You will be asked to remove your socks and shoes, and you will then be made comfortable in my portable reclining chair, or if you prefer, in your chair, with your feet resting on my footstool. Your feet will be cleansed and a small amount of cornflour or reflexology wax will be applied. The treatment will begin with some relaxing leg and foot massage. I will then proceed to work on each foot in turn, applying pressure to the reflex points using my thumb and fingers. Sometimes tenderness can be felt, depending on the presenting condition, but it should not be painful. The session will last for approximately 45 minutes and will finish with relaxation techniques. Sometimes reflexology induces a deep state of relaxation so you will be given time to recover whilst I discuss my findings and offer aftercare advice.