What to expect from a reflexology session

When arriving for a reflexology session I will ask you to complete a consultation form to ensure that you are suitable for treatment and to understand the objectives of the treatment. You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks only. The treatment is very relaxing and the room will be set up very similarly to a massage treatment so that it is warm and inviting. You will be laid on a couch in an reclined position so that you can relax.

Then I will wipe and refresh your feet before starting. I will then apply any oil or cream to enable movement of my hands to work more efficiently. After getting the circulation going, warming your feet and encouraging you to relax with a few foot massage movements, I will work methodically over your feet applying pressure with a number of massage movements.

After I have completed the treatment I will not diagnose a specific illness or disorder found during a session but may suggest areas that are out of balance that need working on.

Most people feel a sense of relaxation after their treatment but some may experience a boost of energy. I may recommend a course of treatments to address a specific concern or reflexology can be used purely as an individual treatment for relaxation.

 

 

How does reflexology work?

Reflexology in its original form is thought to have originated from China over 5000 years ago and may even date back as far as 2330BC where drawings in an Egyptian tomb illustrated a treatment being performed on the feet.

Reflexology is based on the same principles as acupuncture but without the use of needles. In reflexology and acupuncture the whole body is represented by ‘reflex’ points on the feet or hands. This principal, combined with energy zones that run throughout the body, uses the reflex points in the feet to mirror the organs, glands and corresponding parts of the body. The treatment has evolved from the ancient Chinese and Egyptian form of the treatment and today’s modern reflexology uses the principles of zone therapy studies that were developed in the early 19th century.

During a reflexology treatment the therapist applies gentle pressure to the reflex points to trigger a response or stimulation in the corresponding part of the body utilising the zones channel of energy or “Chi”. This allows all the systems of the body to function more efficiently enabling blockages to be freed so that the entire body will achieve equilibrium and a re-balanced state.

This gentle non-invasive treatment is particularly effective in the following:

  • Stimulate circulation

  • Reduce stress

  • Aid relaxation

  • Pain relief

  • Facilitate homeostasis ( general well-being bringing harmony to the body)

  • Strengthen the immune system

  • Revitalise energy

By helping to restore the body’s natural balance, reflexology can be used as a preventative therapy or to promote self‑healing and can be used to bring relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions.