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October 30, 2009 by  
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Holistic Therapies

Are you suffering from the effects of stress? 

 Do youwant to feel better? Reflexology is an effective way of helping the body to relax and begin a process of rebalancing that brings about a feeling of wellbeing.

So what is reflexology?

Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the theory that there are points or
reflexes, on the feet and hands which correspond to organs and systems within the
whole body. When the reflexologist works on these reflex points using special
pressure techniques, imbalances in the systems, organs and tissues of the body can
be detected and treated. Reflexology can help to restore and maintain the body’s
natural equilibrium.

With ever increasing levels of stress, it is important that we take more responsibility
for our own healthcare needs. Reflexology helps us cope on a physical, mental and
emotional level thereby encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of
our lives.

Reflexology is becoming increasingly well known.

It is not really the invention of one particular culture, there is evidence that it was practised bythe Incas, Egyptians,
North American Indians and the Chinese from ancient times. The treatment as we
know it today has developed from the work of Eunice Ingham, an American
physiotherapist. She took the work of Dr William Fitzgerald and Dr Joe Shelby+Riley
in the area of Zone Therapy and using her own methods of applying pressure,
mapped out the chart of reflexes which is now used worldwide.

So what happens when you go for a reflexology treatment?

The reflexologist will first of all ask you to complete a detailed consultation during
which you will be asked about any illnesses, injuries or health concerns you might
have. You will also discuss your diet and exercise regime and general lifestyle.
Following this the reflexologist will make you comfortable with your feet raised and
begin the treatment by looking at your feet. Yes, the state of your feet gives clues to
your general state of health.
The treatment begins with gentle manipulation techniques designed to relax and get
you used to having your feet touched.
As the treatment progresses the therapist moves across the feet using fingers and
thumbs to apply pressure over the reflex areas. Some areas may be tender and you
should tell the reflexologist. Sometimes the therapist may ask you if there is any
tenderness as they work over the area. Areas of tenderness or sensitivity indicate to
the reflexologist that there is a blockage of energy in the area of the body
corresponding to the reflex being worked or along the zone. Many people ask if the
reflexologist can tell them what is wrong with them. It is important to note that a
reflexologist is not usually a doctor and therefore is not qualified to diagnose illness.
Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.

The number of treatments needed depends entirely on the individual and your
reasons for having Reflexology. You may just want a relaxation treatment so an
occasional treatment is indicated. A course of weekly or fortnightly sessions may be
needed if you have a long+standing condition, this helps to build up momentum and
sustain results. Some people then like to have a course of monthly maintenance

I am often asked does it hurt or does it tickle. Sometimes sensitivity or tenderness is
felt in any area of imbalance but, once congestion has been cleared, most people find
it is a pleasant sensation. You may also feel an increase or reduction in body
temperature, feel relaxed and sleepy and some experience tingling sensations over
areas of the body as the reflexes are worked. Most people find the treatment as a
whole to be a pleasant experience and even people who say they have sensitive feet
are surprised to find that it doesn’t tickle.

Reflexology is a very safe treatment.

It is suitable for people of all ages and beneficial
for all kinds of conditions. While there are few reasons not to treat, it is wise to
proceed cautiously in some cases. This would be discussed with you prior to any
treatment being given, along with aftercare advice.

Is reflexology for you? Why not give it a try and find out.