How reflexology works and what to expect during a treatment

Reflexology works through direct stimulation of the reflexes on the feet (and sometimes the hands). While massaging your feet or hands,your therapist will use a gentle, yet firm pressure through their thumb and finger as well as hand techniques to promote your energy to flow correctly and restore the natural function and balance to related areas of the body. Reflexology evokes a deep state of relaxation whilst the body’s own healing process is being stimulated.

During your first treatment a detailed consultation will be taken by your practitioner to determine any present and past health issues. This will be followed by a reflexology treatment which will last approximately one hour. You will not be expected to remove any clothing apart from your shoes and socks, and you will lie on a comfortable treatment couch with supportive pillows for your session. Your practitioner will look at your feet noting presentations such as skin colour or areas of hard skin to gain a better insight to the efficiency of your circulation and areas of tension. Your practitioner will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet where the application and effect will be unique depending on your particular constitution. During the treatment, your practitioner will pick up subtle changes beneath their fingertips over specific points in the feet and work over them accordingly. After treatment, most people report of feeling a definite sense of relaxation and well-being. Occasionally people have been noted to feel lethargic, tearful or have a dull headache but this is transitory and an indication that your body’s healing mechanism has been stimulated.

If you would like to find out more about how reflexology may be able to help you, please contact one of our practitioners.

Alternatively, you may find it helpful to take a look at the Association of Reflexologist’s website for more information regarding reflexology therapy.

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