Reflexology is a holistic therapeutic treatment. The feet, hand or ears are stimulated by pressing on their reflexes, also know as nerve endings. These reflexes correspond to a body part, organ or gland.. Pressing on these reflexes promote better circulation of blood, lymph and qi. It relieves tension, pain, stress and brings the body into balance and provides preventative care. While it is not a cure, Reflexology aids in restoring the body back to a state of healthy balance and homeostasis.
What happens during a session?
During a Reflexology session you will fill out a brief medical history intake and discuss any current heath issues. You remain fully clothed, and you'll remove your footwear. Relax in a comfortable reclining chair for your treatment. Your feet or hands will be cleansed using Essential oils and warm towels. You can choose to listen to soothing music or simply relax quietly. You may even fall asleep! If you choose you can speak to the Reflexologist during your session, however you will definitely enjoy and benefit from the treatment when you sink into a state of calm relaxation.
Is Reflexology the same as Massage, Acupuncture, or Acupressure?
Reflexology is not the same as massage, which involves tissue and muscle therapy to promote relaxation. Acupuncture, Acupressure and Shiatsu are similar in some respects to reflexology in their use of reflexes or meridians that relate to the glands, organs and parts of the body. However reflexology focuses on relaxation of those reflexes through manipulation to reduce stress and tension. Reflexology is administered by using thumb and finger pressure to specific points on the feet.
What may I experience during a reflexology session?
The session begins with a thorough cleansing of the feet using Essential Oils and warm towels leaving the feet feeling soothed and refreshed. This is followed by foot relaxation stretches which serve to relax the feet and to give the therapist an opportunity to make observations regarding their condition. After this the specific and precise Reflexology treatment will begin.
What are the benefits of Reflexology?
Reflexology primarily eases and releases mental and physical stress and tension, which in turn can improve blood circulation, encourage lymphatic drainage, assist in the elimination of toxins, stimulate nerve pathways, relax muscles and strengthen the immune system. It enables the body’s natural healing processes to promote wellness.
Can Reflexology make a condition worse?
No. Reflexology is a non-invasive natural therapy that relaxes the body and is essentially harmless. On rare occasions, release of toxins as a result of the body’s natural healing process may result in symptoms such as perspiration, nausea or headaches. However these symptoms are not directly related to reflexology, and are temporary and not serious.
Who can benefit from Reflexology sessions?
Everyone can benefit from Reflexology treatments. You do not have to have an illness to have Reflexology. Clients who want to alleviate stress can benefit from Reflexology. All ages can benefit from Reflexology, including infants and children. We have clients as young as three months old to people in their 90’s seeking our services.
To make the most of a Reflexology session it is advisable to avoid strenuous activities for 24 hours. This allows the body to integrate the benefits of the treatment while encouraging and prolonging the rest and relax mode which the body was adjusted to during the treatment itself. Drink plenty of water to aid detoxification and the flushing of toxins from the system.