Reflexology is the application of gentle pressure techniques to minute areas of the feet to stimulate an energy through the reflex points on the feet which are thought to relate to all organs, structures and functions of the human body.
There are over 7,000 nerve endings in each foot. Perhaps this fact, more than any other, explains why we feel so much better when our feet have been treated and so miserable when our feet are in an uncomfortable state.
Reflexology is a natural, holistic therapy, and by using gentle pressure techniques to stimulate the reflex points on the feet, imbalances in the tissues, organs and systems of the body can be detected and effectively treated to restore balance and harmony to the body.
Reflexology can induce a state of deep relaxation and since it has been estimated that about 75% of disease is stress related, reflexology can be a major contributor to the return to health and well-being.
During a typical reflexology session I will take a detailed medical history and discuss the desired results. Sessions are usually performed in my comfortable chair or on my massage couch. You will be asked to remove your footwear and socks so that I can make a visual and tactile examination of your feet before beginning the precise reflexology massage movements. The particular types of movements involved require the application of an appropriate pressure using the thumb and fingers.
Reflexology can be a wonderfully relaxing experience where you can take time out from everyday pressures. Reflexology may help you relax which can improve mood, aid sleep and relieve tension. The result is an overall sense of wellbeing.
Most people associate reflexology with the feet, but it can also be given on the hands, face or ears. In July 2019 I attended a training to enable me to offer hand reflexology as a stand alone treatment, but I can also show my clients reflexes on their hands that they can work themselves to support the treatments they have with me.
Hand reflexology can give you all the benefits you get from having your feet treated, plus it does have some advantages over a traditional foot treatment. For example, it can be used in situations where there is neither space nor time to work on the feet, and on people who have ticklish feet or are sensitive about having their feet handled.
As it is unobtrusive, you can treat yourself in public situations, for example to help calm yourself in stressful situations or perhaps on an aeroplane to ward off travel sickness.