Reflexology is a complementary therapy,
which works on the feet to help heal the whole person
not just the prevailing symptoms. Reflexology is
the science that deals with the principle that there are
areas on the feet and hands, which correspond to the
major glands and organs of the body. By using
pressure on a specific area of the foot, an effect will
be stimulated on the corresponding area or organ of the
How can reflexology help?
Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain
the body’s natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy
encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own
healthy balance. Reflexology has been shown to be
helpful for many stress related conditions.
We all know that blood carries vital nutrients through
the body, and also carries away toxins and waste
products. One of the symptoms of a stressful life is a
decrease in blood circulation. An improvement in
circulation will allow the body to receive the nutrients
carried in blood, and also eliminate the waste products
helps the body remove toxins
Other than the circulatory system, the body
has other methods for removing waste products (eg. the
lymphatic system and the digestive system). A stressful
situation will cause these systems to operate below par.
Reflexology has the effect of increasing the flow and
movement of these systems by helping to decrease the
stress held in the body.
Most of us complain of 'low energy' from time
to time. It can appear as an inability to concentrate, a
lack of motivation for things that usually excite us, or
a physical feeling of tiredness. Reflexology, in making
us feel better about ourselves, opens the pathways to
increasing the energy levels and renewing us – both
immediately after the treatment and sometimes for
several days afterwards.
Who can benefit from reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and
may bring relief from a wide range of conditions. After
you have completed a few sessions of reflexology for a
specific condition, many people find it beneficial to
continue with regular treatments in order to maintain
health and well-being. Reflexology helps us to
cope on a physical, mental and emotional level thereby
encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas
of our lives.
What happens when I go for treatment?
On the first visit, the reflexology
practitioner will have a preliminary talk with you to
determine your present and past health and lifestyle.
The reflexologist will then use their hands to apply
pressure to the feet. The application and the
effect of the therapy is unique to each person. A
treatment session usually lasts for about one hour.
A course of treatment may be recommended depending on
your body’s needs.
During a treatment, your only requirement is to lie
down, face up, with your feet exposed. There is no
rolling over, no fussing around with towels and sheets
– you stay completely still. This in itself induces a
sense of deep peacefulness. Combined with soft music,
lighting and essential oils, the treatment will be very
How will I feel after a reflexology
Many people fall asleep during a treatment,
and feel very refreshed on waking. After one or
two treatments your body may respond in a very definite
way. Most people note a sense of well-being and
relaxation or they feel more energised; sometimes people report feeling
lethargic or tearful, but this is transitory and is a
part of the healing process. This is vital
information to feed back to the reflexologist as it
shows how your body is responding to treatment. This
will help the reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan
specific to your needs.