Reflexology is a type of alternative health therapy. Its aim is to stimulate different points on the body to promote good health and healing. It works on a belief system that points in the ears, face, lower legs and feet correspond with points elsewhere on the body.
By stimulating these points different health issues over the body can be healed. Reflexologists work with their clients to find the areas pf concern, along with the pressure points that can help.
Does Reflexology Really Work?
You need to look at reflexology with an open mind, much like most alternative medicines and treatments. It does work, of course it does. But it’s a very specific form of treatment with mixed results for each person.
Some people report really good results almost instantly. While other people do not. It’s a non-intrusive treatment, so I always recommend people give it a try for themselves.
The theory behind reflexology is that the body has a natural balance of energy, along with pathways for the energy to flow. Reflexology works to help this flow of energy move more freely and help a person achieve optimal well-being.
It’s normal to feel more relaxed and like tension has been lifted from your body after treatment. You will most likely sleep better and feel all-round in better spirits. This is what the therapy is supposed to do, and it’s a wonderfully natural feeling of being more energized.
Other more specific results are to be looked at on a more individual basis. Treating certain health issues and pains can be targeted. As well as symptoms of mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, and sharpening up the mind.
There has been some scientific studies into the therapy with positive results. But it’s still more of a practice to evaluate as an individual and how it effects you. It certainly is another tool is keeping everyday stress to a minimum and rarely fails to help someone feel better.
Can I have reflexology?
The best thing about reflexology is that it’s suitable for everyone, and every age. Even newborn babies, all the way up to pensioners. There are some precautions and contraindications to be aware of. You should always consult a healthcare professional before going ahead with any treatments.
A reflexologist will always want to have a brief consultation with a first-timer too. So ask as many questions and offer as much information about yourself as you can.
What to Expect from a Reflexology Therapy Session
When you arrive for your first session you will have a consultation with the reflexologist. They will ask all the questions they need answers to and give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have
You will then sign a consent form and the therapist will tailor their treatment based on the information in the consultation. You may have to take off your shoes and socks, but that’s the only items of clothing.
Depending on the types of reflexology they deem necessary, the therapist will apply pressure to points on your feet, legs, hands, ears or face. You may have moments of discomfort, but overall the experience should be a relaxing one.
How Should I Feel after Reflexology?
Most people feel instantly better. Their mood is lifted, they have more energy, and they are more relaxed. Sometimes people do feel a little lethargic or nauseous, but this is part of the healing and cleansing process.
It’s helpful if you give your reflexologist feedback so they can tailor future sessions differently if necessary. But you know your own body best, and if it’s working it will be very apparent.
History of Reflexology
Reflexology dates back to Ancient times in Egypt, China and India in its rawest form. It was introduced to the western world in the form of ‘Zone Therapy’ by a Dr William Fitzgerald.
Dr Fitzgerald believed that areas on the hands and feet were linked to other parts of the body both internally and externally. He developed his techniques that targeted pressure points to connect the energy and developed his therapy.
It wasn’t until the 1930’s that the name ‘Reflexology’ was given to the treatment by Eunice Ingham. She further developed the systems based around the belief that the foot has mirrors parts all over the body and can be connected.
This is close to where reflexology is today. Although it’s ever evolving and each reflexologist has their own unique takes on certain techniques. It’s an exciting and effective form of treatment and should certainly be experienced.
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