What is Reflexology?
Reflexology can be traced back to Ancient Egypt in Egyptian markings that show what appear to be reflexology being given. Since then, many physicians have developed the techniques of massaging reflexes on the feet to produce the type of treatment available today. It is believed that there are specific reflex points on the feet and hands that connect with specific parts of the body, such as the lungs, ears and shoulders and body systems, such as the digestive and nervous system.
How does it work?
There are many theories as to how reflexology works. By stimulating the reflexes in the feet, we can identify any imbalances in corresponding parts of the body and trigger the body's natural healing process. This healing process allows the build up of toxins caused by diet, illness or infections, to be released naturally through the kidneys, bowel etc. Also based on 'Meridian theory', which is used by the Chinese in Acupuncture, the feet contain lines of energy that can become blocked. Reflexology helps by unblocking these energy channels to allow a free flow of energy around the body.
What is a treatment like?
Initially, you will need to have a consultation to discuss your health and lifestyle before any treatment can be given. Reflexology treatments are very relaxing and many people find themselves drifting off to sleep! If there are any imbalances in the body, these may be identified by the therapist due to 'crunchiness' in parts of the feet, or the appearance of the skin on the feet. As a client, you may experience sensitivities in different parts of the feet, which you should identify to your therapist. Such sensitivities are similar to those experienced in any other type of massage.
What is Reflexology useful for?
Reflexology can be useful for many things. Most clients experience stress relief, improved sleeping
patterns, improved energy levels, improved skin tone and texture due to improved circulation, clearing of the sinuses and pain relief. It is important to remember, however, that reflexology is a complementary therapy rather than an alternative therapy. This means that it should not be used instead of medication for an illness as it does not cure problems, even if it helps to alleviate some symptoms you are experiencing.
Apart from traditional foot reflexology, you can also book a Hand Reflexology, Hot Stone Reflexology or the combined 'R and R' treatment of Reiki and Reflexology.
Make a booking
Reflexology lasts around 60 minutes and costs £35. To make enquires about the treatment, or to make a booking, visit the contact page. New clients will have to complete a medical consultation to ensure you are able to receive a treatment.