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Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the belief that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which are believed to correspond to all organs and parts of the body.
It is an ancient art which has been practised by the Chinese and Egyptians for thousands of years. Most Reflexologists will treat through the feet in preference to the hands.
(see What to expect in a Treatment).

Reflexology works on the principle that our feet map, or mirror, the entire body. Tension or congestion in any part of the feet mirrors tension or congestion in a corresponding part of the body (see Reflexology and Stress). A Reflexologist  will apply pressure and massage to these reflex areas. Their sensitive, trained hands can detect deposits, tension and imbalances, and allow the natural flow of energy to reach the corresponding part of the body to correct the imbalance.

On sensitive reflexes, the client may feel tenderness, and the degree of tenderness will indicate the degree of the imbalance. Crystal-like deposits may be felt by the Practitioner. These crystals are presumed to be made up of calcium deposits, which settle beneath the skin surface at the nerve endings in the feet. By massaging these ‘gritty’ areas, the crystal may be broken down and more easily removed by the blood circulation. Reflexology can help to balance the systems of the body, calming over-active areas, and stimulating underactive areas. Stress, diet and negative thoughts contribute to the body being thrown out of balance and Reflexology is often able to help stimulate the healing forces present in the body and aid the body’s own healing abilities.

The hands can be used for treatment, but are not usually as sensitive as the feet. A Reflexologist  will apply appropriate pressure to the reflex areas on the feet, working mostly with the thumbs and occasionally with the fingers, and apply massage.  By massaging these reflex areas, which correspond to every organ and part of your body, it is possible to diagnose parts of the body which are out of balance, and therefore not working efficiently. Their sensitive, trained hands can detect these deposits, tension and imbalances, and hopefully stimulate the natural flow of energy to reach the corresponding part of the body to correct the imbalance. The body has the ability to heal itself, and on sensitive reflexes the client may feel some tenderness, the degree of which will indicate the degree of the imbalance. By treating these imbalances, the Reflexologist aims to return the body to good working order and homeostasis.

Homeostasis means being in a dynamic state of balance, having all the cells of the body functioning correctly. If one part is out, other parts soon get out of balance too. Reflexology is like having an M.O.T. helping to keep the body running harmoniously and tuned up. Reflexology can induce deep relaxation, reducing stress, and revitalising energy, and stimulating creativity and productivity. We cannot perform at our best if we are sluggish and tired. Like exercise, Reflexology may help restore mental alertness and improve attention span. Reflexology becomes preventative health care.

Preventative health care is becoming more important as we realise the health-threatening dangers of our environment; stress, fatigue, chemical additives in our food and water, radioactivity, poor air quality, to name just a few. This places a strain on our immune systems and we must make time to unwind and relax. The immune system only works well if we manage stressful situations successfully. The Reflexologist has the ability to try and reverse the effects of stress and help the body seek homeostasis. Oxygen and nutrients once again go where they are needed and repairs can be effected. The Reflexologist stimulates more than 7,000 nerves when working on the feet. This encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways.

A course of four to six treatments can be beneficial in improving most conditions, usually taken at weekly intervals. After that, a monthly or six weekly maintenance treatment helps maintain balance. The sessions usually last about one hour and are very pleasant and most relaxing to receive.

Reflexology and Stress

Imagine an incident of extreme stress, a threat of bodily harm. The “fight or flight” reaction takes over and the body prepares to do battle or run. The hormone adrenalin is released. It stimulates the heart action and raises the blood pressure. Adrenalin also releases glucose, or stores blood sugar. More blood is sent to the muscles, the air passages become relaxed, or a sense of excitement is produced. Adrenalin also causes vascular constriction, which reduces the flow of blood to the digestive and excretion areas, which are not such high priorities during a threatening situation.
Blood flow returns to normal when the threat is over and the body returns to homeostasis. If the body is subjected to regular doses of stress, it can cause 80% - 90% of all illnesses.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A TREATMENT

During a typical Reflexology session, the Reflexologist will first take a detailed medical history. This is to make sure no symptoms exist which would prevent treatment being given and any serious illnesses or operations will be enquired about.
The client sits in a reclining chair, or on a couch, with the feet raised, removing only shoes and socks.. The Reflexologist will make a visual and tactile examination of the feet, noting temperature, condition of tissues, general texture, and infections; e.g. verrucas and athlete’s foot.

The treatment involves application of an appropriate  pressure, using the thumbs and fingers to the reflex points. The whole foot will be systematically treated, working from toes, across areas on the sole of the foot, down to the heels. The areas on the sides and top of the feet will then be treated. Emphasis is given to areas with tender reflexes. The eliminating systems of the body may show increased activity as the body rids itself of toxic substances, including the kidneys, bowels, skin and lungs. Reactions should be short-term and indicate that the body is attempting to become balanced.

Edna trained with the renowned ‘Bayley School of Reflexology’ in 2002.

 


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* Edna is a member of the British Reflexology Association and the Reiki Association *

Last updated 17/05/13

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