What is Reflexology
Reflexology is a non intrusive massage therapy used to relieve tension and support the body through times of illness and stress. It is an ancient healing art that has been practiced for thousands of years in China, India and Egypt. It is based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet and hands that correspond to parts of the body. Soreness or sensitivity in these reflexes is understood to reflect an imbalance in the corresponding body part. By massaging and stimulating these specific points, your reflexologist is able to release blockages which boost circulation along these nerve energy pathways, helping your body to heal itself and restore balance. Please watch the short film below, made by the Association of Refelxologists (AoR), to find out more.
A typical appointment
Appointments are usually 60 minutes long, but can be more or less depending on your individual treatment plan.
You will be asked to complete a medical history form before your first session and we will go through this before your first treatment.
Clients remove their shoes and socks and relax on the treatment bed. You do not have to be fully reclined if you find this uncomfortable. Ladies in their third trimester of pregnancy will not be reclined.
If you have a verruca please make sure it is covered with a plaster. If you have multiple verrucae or an infectious condition it may not be possible to treat you until it has been treated.
Songbird Reflexology Balm is used on the feet. This is an organic massage wax made from beeswax, olive oil and a selection of essential oils
Before each treatment your reflexologist will review your treatment plan and discuss any changes in symptom patterns since your last session.
After each session your reflexologist will discuss their findings and may provide lifestyle advice or hand reflexology for you to try at home.
Reflexology is known as a 'gentle nudge' therapy, encouraging the body back to balance. Although some people feel a change in their symptom patterns immediately, most people begin to notice a change after three to five sessions but it is highly individual.
How can reflexology help me?
In our stressful world, it can be difficult to find the time to take care of ourselves. A Reflexology session can be a wonderful way to take time out to relax and allow our bodies to heal, whilst actively supporting our health and well-being.
When we are stressed we produce adrenaline and cortisol - part of our fight or flight response. Our heart races, blood is pumped away from our gut and towards our muscles. Although we are no longer fleeing predators, modern day stresses such as work deadlines, screaming children or running late for an appointment, has the same effect on the body. Being in a state of stress for long periods of time results in high levels of adrenaline and cortisol remaining in our system which, in turn can lead to increased inflammation, raised blood pressure and reduced immunity. It is accepted that 75% of all illnesses are stress related so it is important to find ways of managing stress.
Reflexology is one such way. When we are relaxed our heart rate slows, blood is pumped to our digestive system and our body can begin to recover from physical and metabolic activity. Muscles can now relax and the body can perform the necessary healing it requires. Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between. By allowing yourself the time to stop and relax you will be amazed at the difference you can make to your health and well-being.
To hear more about why people have chosen Reflexology, watch this short film, 'Why Reflexology', made by the Association of Reflexologists (AoR).
Effectiveness of Reflexology
Reflexologists do not diagnose or claim to cure illnesses, we do not prescribe medication and reflexology should not replace standard medical care. However, it can be extremely beneficial in alleviating some of the symptoms of illness and helping the body to restore a state of natural balance. Many medical institutions are now adopting reflexology into their care programs, for example, 80% of palliative care units now employ their own reflexologist. Your reflexologist may discuss lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your symptoms and discuss ways you can make changes alongside your reflexology treatments.