What is Reflexology
Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to certain "reflex areas" of the feet and hands, although most commonly it is the feet that are treated. Reflexology is a form of complementary medicine and has been used in a form for thousands of years. The Feet have reflex areas which correspond to parts of the body. These areas act as a type of map reflecting the body, with the left foot corresponding to the left hand side of the body and the right foot corresponding to the right hand side of the body.
Reflexology does not clai to cure all disorders but it does have many benefits and can certainly treat in conjuction with standard medicine a whole range of conditions including digestive problems and stress for example.
Research has shown that the specific techniques of reflexology are effective and beneficial in many ways, it can create relaxation from the moment the reflexologist starts to work and it has been shown through various studies that reflexology can reduce depression and anxiety; generally reflexology adis the reduction of stress because the hands and feet help set the tension levels for the body.
What to expect at your treatment
A Reflexology treatment will generally last around 45 minutes. On your first consultation the reflexologist will take a detailed medical history and will normally examine your feet before starting. Reflexology itself involves the reflexologist massaging areas of the feet normally using the side and end of their thumb. Both feet will be massaged and all the reflex areas covered. There maybe some areas that feel tender or uncomfortable when massaged, this is because the corresponding part of the body is out of balance. These stress indicators allow the reflexologist to target certain areas and to design an amount of pressure appropriate to provide relaxation specific to each individual. By the end of your treatment you should feel calm and relaxed.