An ancient therapy originating from Chinese and Eastern traditions, Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive, drug-free therapy which helps the body cope with the stresses and strains of modern life.
It is based on the theory that certain points on the feet (known as reflex points) correspond to different organs and systems of the body. It is normal that, in our busy lives, these reflexes or the pathways that connect them may become blocked or the energy slowed for a variety of reasons such as stress and illness. The body thrives on being in a state of balance and homeostasis and Reflexology works on the theory that when pressure is applied to these specific reflexes, the related areas are relaxed (or stimulated) and encouraged to rebalance themselves. This in turn leads to improved circulation, the elimination of toxins and a deep sense of relaxation and wellbeing.
It is an incredibly gentle and deeply relaxing therapy and in recent years, its benefits have become more widely recognised as an effective complementary therapy to conventional medicine.
Reflexology may be able to help:
- Balance the endocrine (hormonal) system - which can play havoc with our bodies and emotions!
- Improve circulation - Lowers high blood pressure and improves poor circulation
- Muscular tension - headaches, migraines, back pain, chronic pain can all be exacerbated by tension causing muscles to be tight which can create pain
- Respiratory function - with deep relaxation comes deep and more even breathing, increasing the amount of oxygen that reaches the body's tissues.
- Detoxification - helps the lymphatic system to eliminate toxins and waste products more effectively
- Stress, depression and anxiety – Reflexology calms, uplifts and relaxes, improves energy levels and allows the body to heal itself and reach a state of homeostasis ... the natural balance of the body
I would encourage anyone and everyone to try Reflexology, if only for the deep relaxation it provides. However, I would strongly recommend that you look for a fully qualified Reflexologist – I’m afraid someone who has attended a weekend or online course, simply will not have sufficient training.
So, if you’re unable to visit me, hunt down one who is a full member of the Association of Reflexologists. This is my membership body and they require stringent training to have been undertaken to ensure the quality of therapist is met. If you are not local to me, simply get in touch and I will help direct you to a fully qualified therapist who can help.