The only way to know if reflexology will be beneficial for you is to give it a try. If you're ever feeling stressed or a bit out of sorts, think about having a reflexology treatment to get you onto more of an even keel. To make the decision easier, I offer £5 off your first treatment, click here for your voucher.
If you've never tried Reflexology and don't know what it is, here's a brief rundown:
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a complementary treatment - that means it can be used along side existing medications and conventional treatment plans (mostly). So, if you're already receiving medical treatment, reflexology may be able to support your efforts to get back to health or manage your condition. But if you're not well, see your GP first, before you consider complementary treatments.
Reflexology promotes good health - so if you're already fit as a fiddle, the relaxing and re-balancing effects of reflexology can help you maintain your healthy state.
It's non-intrusive. You only need take off socks and shoes and the reflexology treatment consists of finger pressure on the feet - it really couldn't be more simple.
Reflexology is holistic - it works on the idea that health is more than just physical well-being and so as a touch therapy it connects with the whole of you: mind, body and emotions.
Reflexology is the ancient art of foot massage which was known in Ancient Egypt, China and India. It is believed that energy runs through the body in channels known as meridians and that massage of the feet stimulates these energy channels, promoting healing and relaxation.
How does Reflexology work? Reflexology uses finger pressure on the feet to relax and re-balance the whole person in mind, body and emotion. It is based on the principle that various parts of the feet relate to corresponding parts of the body and that by working on the feet the reflexologist can create a balancing effect. The finger pressure on the feet is firm, so it should not tickle.
Who can benefit from Reflexology? Anyone can benefit from reflexology: from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and anyone in between, but it is particularly beneficial for anyone who is experiencing ill-health and especially those suffering from stress or stress related illnesses. There may however be times when it is not appropriate to provide a treatment: if you come for a treatment you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire which will highlight if the treatment should not proceed.
What happens in a Reflexology treatment? The reflexologist will take a few moments to gather information about the client's condition, and then the client is made comfortable, lying on a special chair or massage table. It's possible to chat during the treatment, but it's more relaxing to just close your eyes and enjoy the experience. It's not uncommon for clients to drift off into a light doze.
How will I feel after a treatment? Well, everyone is different, but generally clients feel deeply relaxed after a treatment. Clients often report having had a good night's sleep and a boost in their energy levels after a treatment. Really the only way to know is to give the treatment a try.
With ever increasing levels of stress, it's vital for us all to take more responsibility for our own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one way to mitigate the stresses of modern life.