Reflexology is a focused pressure technique that uses the thumb and finger and combines it with massage, relaxation, and joint mobilization techniques which targets the thousands of nerve endings in each foot. There are zones and reflexes in the body that are relative to all parts, glands and organs that the body corresponds to.
Reflexology can be used to restore and sustain the body’s natural balance and enable healing.
The Reflexologist can distinguish tiny deposits and imbalances and by working on these points (internal organs, glands, muscle groups, bones, and nerves), they can release these blockages.
You will begin by going over your health history with the practitioner. The reflexologist will then explain to you how reflexology works and what you will expect from your session. You will then lie down on a massage table and have your feet elevated by pillows. The reflexologist may also use aromatherapy oils for added benefits. They will use the right amount of pressure on your feet that you are okay with as they do not want to hurt you. Communication between practitioner and client is expected. It is the client’s responsibility to practice cleanliness before going to their session.
During the reflexology session you may feel relaxed and feel some sensations throughout your body, such as tingling or lightness in the body, feelings of warmth, a sense of opening or flowing energy as the practitioner is moving pressure from the area of the body or organ.
You may also feel physical or emotional reactions to the session, for example:
- Dampness of hands or feet
- Feeling light-headed
- Sighing deeply
- Vanishing of all pain and discomfort
- Feeling of being cold
- Overwhelming desire to sleep
- Loose, relaxed muscles and organs
- Contraction of muscle groups (pain)
After your reflexology session you may have several reactions that normally subsides between 24-48 hours, these include:
- Increased energy
- Relief from pain
- Kidney stones passed with ease
- Increased mucus (nasal discharge, vaginal discharge)
- Enhanced sleep
- More mobile joints
- Skin rashes, pimples, or spot- due to elimination of toxins
- Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea- due to elimination of toxins
Reflexology is safe for everyone including children and the elderly.
Benefits of Reflexology:
- Ability to stimulate nerve function
- Eliminate toxins
- Stimulates the central nervous system
- Relieves pain
- Releases tension
- Speeds healing
- Improves body function
- Improves circulation in the blood, digestive, and musculoskeletal
- Increases strength
- Enhances wellness
- Increases mobility
The benefits of reflexology will go on working for several days after the session. The practitioner won’t be able to determine when your next treatment should be. It will be up to you to decide when you would like to have your next visit.
Reflexology can help with many conditions, for example:
- Back problems
- Blood pressure
- Bowel disorders
- Frozen shoulder
- Gynecological disorders
- Knee problems
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle tension
- Neck problems
- Respiratory problems
- Headaches/ migraines
Reflexology should be avoided if you have any foot injuries, blood clotting issues, open wounds or are pregnant, unless you have a written consent from your doctor.