What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy. It is based on the theory that different points on the feet/lower leg/hands/face/ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients. Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age; from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care.
Professional reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which works with you holistically, so it is not possible to know in advance how you will react. The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. After a treatment your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving.
With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to take more responsibility for their own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life. Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.
Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive; depending on the type of reflexology, the most clothing that will have to be removed for a treatment to take place will be your socks and shoes. A full medical history will be requested on your first treatment, and you will be asked to sign a consent form for treatment. This information will be kept confidential. The therapist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet/lower leg/hands. You may feel areas of transient discomfort during the treatment, but generally the experience should be relaxing.
After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is usually transitory and part of the healing process. It is useful to give feedback to your reflexologist as this may show the response of your body to treatment. This in turn will help your reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Reflexology may aid the following:
- Stress-related conditions
- Back Pain
- Fertility issues
- Sleep disorders
- Hormonal Imbalances
HOT STONE REFLEXOLOGY
The stone used in this treatment is basalt. Basalt is formed from volcanic rock and holds heat well. The Chinese, Mayans and Native Americans are believed to have used heated stones in massage. The warmth of the stones helps relax the muscles in the feet, allowing the therapist to work at a deeper level on the reflex points.
BENEFITS OF HOT STONE REFLEXOLOGY
All the benefits of a reflexology treatment apply, in addition to;
- Increased circulation to the area being worked on. Warmth improves blood flow leading to a good supply of nutrients and removal of waste products.
- One stroke of a stone is believed to be equivalent to 5-10 stokes of the fingers/hand
Also known as Cryotherapy. Cold stones can be used on their own or in conjunction with hot stones. Combining hot and cold can encourage the body to a state of balance. Cold stones also;
- Reduce inflammation—good for sinusitis/muscle strain
- Increase energy levels
- Stimulates mental processes
If you suffer with any of the following conditions please speak to your therapist before receiving a hot stone treatment;
- Varicose veins
- Heart Problems
- Recent muscle/joint injury