How does reflexology work?
Reflexology works through the energy pathways in our body which take the stimulus from the reflex point to the respective organ or body part.
For thousands of years human beings have been treating body, mind, and spirit through energy pathways. Now research is being done to try and show scientifically what people have been working with for centuries.
In the 17th century a doctor called William Harvey first suggested that we have a circulatory system of blood vessels running through our bodies. It was previously known that we had blood but there was no idea of it’s circulation, as doctors couldn’t see it.
Currently it is not fully understood that we have energy circulating our bodies because people can’t see it. But scientific research is now trying to find ways to measure, discover more about and verify this process.
What happens in a reflexology session?
Initially you will be asked for your presenting problems: illness, stress, or personal troubles. You will also be asked about your lifestyle and medical history.
Next you will be invited to sit in a reflexology chair and remove your shoes and socks, unless you are having hand reflexology. Relaxing massage techniques are given to prepare for treatment.
Specific reflexes will be worked to the whole body but focussing on those which are relevant to your problem.
Some reflex points may feel uncomfortable or tender, we call this an imbalance, and these will be worked in order to stimulate the body’s healing process and provide relief from the symptoms.
All this is done under your guidance, so as to focus on what you feel you need. To complete the treatment a deeply relaxing massage is given so that you end the session with a profound sense of well-being.
When will I feel the benefit?
During treatment you will almost certainly feel very relaxed, as well as possibly feeling some sensitive points.
After treatment you may feel energised, or deeply relaxed. Some people feel changes in their body or mind as toxins are released.
In the long-term further changes will occur: some may be immediate but others are slow, depending upon the duration and type of problem.
Should I return and how often will I need a reflexology session?
Reflex treatment is cumulative so if you have several weekly sessions you will notice more change and improvement than if you have the same number of isolated sessions over a prolonged period: the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts.
The number of sessions recommended will depend upon the assessment of the reflexologist and will be discussed with you at the end of your first session.
Is reflexology suitable for children?
Reflexology is brilliant for children as it is non-invasive and – they love it!