Reflexology is a complementary therapy used for bringing healing and balance to the various systems of the body, including the digestive, lymphatic, endocrine, respiratory and immune systems. Pressure is applied to a reflex point on the foot, which sends a signal via the nervous system for the body to relax and heal. Reflexology has few side effects and is used to strengthen the body as a whole.
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Reflexology is based on the principle that there are certain points, known as “reflexes” on the feet, which correspond to specific parts of the body. By applying gentle pressure to these reflex points, the body’s own natural healing system is stimulated. This triggers the release of endorphins and helps the body to clear blockages and naturally correct health imbalances.
Reflexology is a very popular complementary therapy in pregnancy. It is gentle and non-invasive and promotes a great sense of well-being and relaxation, while at the same time, providing that often much-needed energy boost! Women who have had regular reflexology sessions throughout their pregnancy often find that their labour is shorter and easier to manage with less dependency on painkillers.
After the birth of your child, Reflexology can also have a very beneficial effect on post-natal depression, hormone and anxiety levels.
A reflexology treatment will generally last 50-60 minutes. You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks, and then lie on a comfortable reflexology treatment couch. After that, you can sit back and relax while the reflexologist works on each foot in turn, applying gentle pressure to specific reflex points on your feet. Many people fall asleep during treatment, whilst others simply enjoy this time of rest and relaxation.
Following treatment, any significant findings will be discussed with you. As the effects of reflexology are cumulative, it is usually beneficial to continue with regular treatments.
After your reflexology treatment, try to take it easy for the rest of the day. Drinking plenty of water will help to boost your digestion and aid the detoxification process.
To maximize the benefits of your treatment, try to find time to relax. Most people find that they feel a very definite sense of calm and well-being. Others may feel emotional or lethargic, but this is a temporary effect, and is part of the body’s natural healing process.
It is important to let your reflexologist know how you’re responding to the sessions, so that he/she can tailor the treatments according to your specific needs.