Reflexology is a powerful holistic complimentary therapy carried out on the feet to treat the whole body. The feet are massaged in such a way with specific techniques to work the reflex zones in the body and have a calming effect. A reflexologist has been trained to identify certain areas on the feet that correlate to areas of the body in a reflex zone map. The diagram shows a picture of the feet and the areas it relates too.
(A holistic treatment refers to having an effect on the mind, body and emotions)
What Is It?
Simply it is a complimentary therapy that works the whole body through the feet. Its main principle is that by massaging and applying pressure to certain parts of the feet It is not a medical treatment but can boost overall wellbeing.
Who Is It For?
It can suit everyone but there are a few precautionary contraindications listed below.
- Any contagious skin disease ie. impetigo, scabies, chicken pox, mumps etc.
- Severe psoriasis or eczema on foot (foot will be too sore to work)
- Any untreated severe medical condition, or acute pain (Reflexology may hide a condition which needs medical attention)
- Anyone under influence of alcohol or recreational drugs
- Internal bleeding
- Severe varicose veins i.e. phlebitis (Reflexology may increase pressure of blood to veins)
- Any form of infection, disease or fever (can make client feel worse and spread infection to the therapist)
- Diarrhoea and vomiting – cross infection
- Bruising on feet – would be uncomfortable
- Cuts, grazes, open skin, rashes, bites, burns, fractures
- First few days of menstruation (Reflexology may make period heavier) but can still be done.
- Immediately after a heavy meal – leave 2 hours
- Athletes foot or verruaes due to cross infection
- Localised swelling/inflammation
- Scar tissue (2 years for major operation, and 6 months small scar)
- Hormonal implants
- Recent fractures (minimum 3 months)
- Cervical spondylitis
What happens during a reflexology treatment?
The reflexologist will take an initial consultation to ensure there are no contra-indications to treatment and to ascertain the patient’s general health and medical history.(with Covid 19 restrictions this is now done online). On starting treatment (which lasts about 45 mins -1 hour), the patient will remove only their shoes and socks and lay face up on the treatment bed or chair. The treatment is extremely enjoyable and non-invasive as the patient remains fully clothed. Music is played and the patient can sit back and relax whilst the treatment continues.
What happens after ?
After your reflexology treatment you may feel thoroughly relaxed. You should experience a sense of calm and a feeling of well-being, as stress and tension are relieved and your circulation is improved leaving all the systems of your body functioning fully and in their natural state.
How Many Treatments will I need?
This is where the skill of the individual reflexologist will come into play in designing a course of treatment to meet the requirements of the individual. After a discussion with your therapist a treatment plan will be set out as well as working together on basic lifestyle, and diet changes which can also add to the effectiveness of the treatment.
After Care For Reflexology
Immediately After the treatment
- Sit quietly for a few moments.
- Ensure that you aren’t light headed
- Sip a glass of water or herbal tea.
For the next 24 hours
- Try and spend the rest of the day in a calm and stress free state as possible
- Avoid alcohol, as it will dehydrate the body and increase the toxins in the body
- Drink plenty of water to help clear the system and to prevent any headaches
- Eat a light diet for the rest of the day without too many toxins
If followed, this advice will ensure that the maximum benefits are gained from the treatment.
If you have any questions or queries after the session then contact Sarah asap and she will advise you.