What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a method for activating the healing powers of the body. It is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. A reflexologist uses the hands to apply gentle pressure to the feet, hands, or in some cases ears, of the client. For each person the application and the effect of the therapy may be unique. Pressure is applied to these areas, formed by approximately 7,200 nerve endings in each hand and each foot. Stimulating these reflexes properly can improve the flow of healing energy to the corresponding areas. This non-invasive technique persuades the body to naturally correct, strengthen and reinforce itself.


How Can Reflexology Help You?

Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet and hands. By working on these points, the reflexologist can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to specific areas and organs, as well as to the whole body. Tensions are eased, and circulation and elimination is improved. Blood is circulated faster than normal and, as a result, cleansing of the Lymphatic system and increased oxygenation of the blood occurs. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse. The by-product of this is a more relaxed body and a general feeling of well-being. Reflexology is powerful preventative health care. In discovering problems in our feet long before they become serious in the rest of our body we are able to take more control over our own health and health care.


Who Can Benefit From Reflexology?

Since reflexology treats the whole person, not just the symptoms of illness, most people benefit from treatment. The therapy brings relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, and is suitable for all ages. Once your body is in-tune, it is wise to have regular treatments in order to help maintain health and well-being. An increasing number of people are using this safe, natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonizing the body.


What Happens When You Go For Treatment?

On your first visit there is a preliminary talk with the practitioner. A course of treatment varies in length depending on your body's needs. Your reflexologist will discuss this with you at the first session. The reflexologist then begins to work on your feet, or hands if necessary, noting problem areas. There may be discomfort in some places, but it is fleeting, and is an indication of congestion or imbalance in a corresponding part of the body. For the most part, the sensation is pleasant and soothing. Reflexology will relax you while stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms. After the first treatment or two your body may respond in a very definite way: you may have a feeling of well-being and relaxation; or you may feel lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is transitory. It is, however, vital information for your reflexologist, as it shows how your body is responding to treatment.


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