Reflexology is a natural therapy founded on the belief that your feet and hands are a reflection of the systems in your body - where specific areas correspond to organs, glands and structure. By applying gentle pressure to areas of the feet or hands a Reflexologist can help the body restore its healthy balance. Evidence has been found for some form of foot and hand therapy being practiced in China and Egypt more than four thousand years ago.
Reflexology aims to treat the individual as a whole, creating a state of harmony in both body and mind. It has the benefit of also being a deeply relaxing therapy, and during periods of relaxation, the body takes the opportunity to heal, restore and energize itself.
Reflexology is suitable for all ages, from baby to adult, and can be especially helpful for long-term and recurring conditions. Reflexology does not diagnose and does not cure though; as a complementary therapy, it should not be considered an alternative to conventional medicine.
Reflexology can be particularly helpful in improving flexibility and releasing muscle tension, which can help to prevent some injuries. According to the Bonash University in Australia, reflexology can remove lactic acid four times faster than massage. Great for those tired muscles
Do you have chronic backache, headache or recovering from a fracture or sports injury? Reflexology can be really useful as part of your rehabilitation programme. Reflexology can increase blood flow to injured areas, relieve muscle tension, reduce inflammation and speed up the recovery time.
Reflexology can induce a deep state of relaxation, which improves the effectiveness of the treatment. Relaxing helps relieve tension and aids circulation, increasing the flow of nutrients, oxygen and energy to all parts of the body, and helping with the removal of toxins
Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary health therapy that can be effective in promoting deep relaxation and wellbeing.
It is a touch therapy that is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body and reflexologists work these points and areas.
Reflexology can be effective to promote deep relaxation, increase circulation, improve sleep and speeding up injury recovery time.
Reflexology can be an effective tool to help you deal with stress, it can help improve flexibility, increase circulation and speed up recovery time.
Here are a few of the more common conditions that can be supported through Reflexology:
Muscular and joint pain
Stress and tension
Insomnia and sleep disorders
Anxiety and depression
I am based in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. I also see clients from Welwyn Garden City, Welwyn, Hertford, Stevenage, Hatfield and surrounding areas.
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Everyone is different and the response to Reflexology can be immediate or sometimes take longer than one appointment, but often benefits can be seen after 4-5 sessions. Regular weekly treatments are best for the body properly beginning the self-healing process, and following an initial consultation, I will suggest the number of Reflexology sessions I think we should undertake.
Reflexology is performed entirely on the feet, ankles or hands, so the most you’ll have to do is take off your socks and roll up your trousers! During the treatment the client lies on their back on a reclining chair, supported by pillows and covered with a soft blanket to keep them warm.
And don’t worry - reflexology doesn't tickle! Many clients come to me with ticklish feet or worried about their feet being touched, but find they can relax and enjoy the benefits of Reflexology.
You might find some areas feel sensitive to the touch, but Reflexology does not involve hard pressing in the way something like a sports massage might. As a therapist, I will be aware of the status of your feet, noticing how they feel, the temperature and the colour. All these things play a part in understanding which areas of your body - as reflected through your feet - require a bit more care and attention.
Reflexologists cannot claim to diagnose or cure, but during treatment, we get 'feedback' as to which parts of the body are working well and which are not. Sometimes Reflexology will highlight a specific area that is struggling or working hard to maintain your wellbeing; if a particular reflex point shows this kind of reaction I'll discuss it with you at the end of the session.
Not necessarily, but after an initial course of treatment many people choose to check in monthly for a top-up, to help maintain their general wellbeing, or as a scheduled 'de-stress. Other clients will get back in touch if they start feeling aches and pains, arranging treatments as and when they need them.
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