What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy, dating back to ancient Egypt and has been practised throughout history by many cultures. All the body’s internal organs are mirrored in the feet and hands and Reflexology is a pressure point technique which helps to maintain the body’s balance.
Regular reflexology may be a useful preventative treatment as it is believed to give a boost to all the systems of the body.
What happens during a treatment?
On the first treatment you will spend some time going through your medical history before having a relaxing foot bath, prior to having your treatment. You will then lie back, fully-clothed (apart from the feet) on a comfortable couch while your feet are gently pressed and manipulated. Reflexology is usually very relaxing and you may even fall asleep. After the treatment you will be given a glass of water and will discuss your treatment and be given after care advice.
Before your treatment
Make sure you have had something light to eat/drink during the hour before your treatment.
After your treatment
- Drink plenty of water/herbal tea
- Avoid alcohol
- Have a light meal in the evening
Can anyone have reflexology?
Although Reflexology is a non-invasive and gentle treatment there are contra-indications which will be discussed at your initial consultation. For example, you should always check with your GP/Health Care Professional if you are receiving treatment for a current condition, whether it is appropriate for you to have reflexology. Reflexology should not be undertaken if you have a contagious illness or fever and if you are pregnant, have had thrombosis or deep vein problems. If you have had recent accidents, recent surgery, or any major illness you should always inform your therapist to establish whether Reflexology is appropriate and safe for you to undertake.
What are the benefits of Reflexology?
Reflexology can, reduce feelings of stress, calm and soothe, give you a feeling of well-being and relax the mind and body.
What Reflexology is Not
Reflexology is not a CURE ALL and should not be an alternative to medical attention when it is appropriate.