What is reflexology?
The manipulation of points across your feet that represent different areas of your system. It might feel a little like a massage. In fact, if you break it down, that’s what it is: a specialist type of massage that involves many different thumb, finger and hand techniques and pressures.
Now let's delve into precisely what's going on...
When a reflexologist works the feet, they are typically looking out for specific textures and/or areas of sensitivity. These often indicate areas of potential weakness in the body and/or potential causes of health issues the patient might be suffering from. By applying pressure and working these areas with different techniques, it is possible to help the body heal itself and enable it to function at its optimum level. Reflexologists with more advanced skills also work with the energy emitted by the reflexes. Particularly weak and strong energy indicates that there is imbalance in that reflex, and by working this area the body is encouraged to heal itself and recalibrate.
It's a profoundly relaxing treatment, and if targeted in the right way, can help the body recover from a wide range of conditions.
How many treatments will you need?
The beneficial effects of reflexology are cumulative, so you may find you benefit from a course of treatments. Typically, acute conditions or concerns can be treated in a fewer number of treatments than chronic conditions.
WHO has reflexology?
Anyone from children to professional athletes to the elderly and infirm who either have a condition or illness, or have reflexology as a preventative treatment.
Patients use reflexology to maintain their health, and often to mitigate the effects of stress. Some come once a month, others once a week. The people I see most frequently tend to either run their own businesses or have high pressure jobs or lives.
With a condition or illness:
Patients come to see me with all sorts of complaints, however there are a few areas I specialise in:
So many conditions and imbalances have a root cause in systemic stress and reflexology is a very effective treatment for combating it and associated complaints.
Unresolved chronic pain
Reflexology approaches and accesses the body in a completely different way to other therapies, and it's amazing how often the key to pain or a muscular/skeletal tightness elsewhere in the body can lie in the feet. Many people come to me as a last resort. They have been to see doctors, physios, osteopaths, chiropractors and acupuncturists in an effort to be free of pain, but to no avail.
Injury recovery and improving athletic performance
I treat a large number of amateur and professional athletes who are recovering from injury. Reflexology is indirect manipulation, and studies have shown that it can decrease recovery time and increase performance.
Not only does it help to speed up the body's recovery, prevent injury, and prime one’s system, but it also helps with the mental aspect of sport, helping to give athletes that competitive edge.
Many of my patients have hormone imbalance, endometriosis, PCOS, PMS, PMDD, thyroid dysfunction or adrenal dysfunction. Reflexology can really support rebalancing and improvement.
To date there have been a handful of clinical trials looking at the effects of reflexology on hormonal imbalances. In one study, volunteers who received foot reflexology experienced a 23% reduction in PMS symptoms compared to women who had received no treatment.