What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a pressure therapy primarily involving the feet. It revolves around the understanding that there are reflex points on the feet (and hands) that relate to the structure and function of all parts of the body. Applying pressure to these reflexes using a gentle on-off pressure may influence the state of the body in many ways. For example, reflexology has been found to reduce stress and tension, relieve pain, improve bodily functions and generally restore the body to a better state, so improving physical wellbeing.

The way in which a reflexology treatment achieves its sometimes startling results has not yet been scientifically established, although there are a number of theories. Irrespective of how it is actually achieved, reflexology is thought, in many cases, to influence the functioning of the body. It has been shown to:

  • Induce a state of deep relaxation
  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Improve the blood supply
  • Promote the flow of nerve impulses
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Encourage the release of toxins held in the organs and aid their elimination
  • Reduce congestion and stagnation so returning the body to a more natural state/rhythm
  • Assist the body to regain its natural equilibrium

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5 of the most frequently asked questions about Reflexology

How does reflexology work?

Reflexology works on the principle that your body and its organs are mapped on the soles of your feet. Although your body is also mapped on other body parts besides your feet, a reflexologist mainly targets the mapping on the soles of your feet. Meridians are imaginary energy pathways which run though the body connecting organs and end on our feet too.

Having a reflexology treatment entails pressure techniques on these meridian points which stimulate the organs that are mapped on the feet.

What can one expect from a treatment?

The patient would remove their shoes and socks and sit or lie on a plinth. The therapist may request a case history from the patient for background information.

This information is confidential. Treatment consists of the therapist applying pressure with their hands to certain points on the feet. The treatment is often pleasurable but could be painful. The painful part is not a negative experience and most patients refer to it as ‘nice pain’.

In cases where the pain is extreme the therapist will reduce the amount of pressure applied. The pain experienced indicates that there is congestion or weakness on a specific meridian or organ. With frequent treatments and proper lifestyle changes the pain should ease as time goes by. This is an indicator that the body is getting rid of toxins and congestion and will result in overall improvement of health.

What will one feel after a treatment?

I always tell a patient that the first 3 treatments is a detox phase.

Each body can detox in various ways resulting in the following;

  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Being energized
  • Weepiness
  • Irritability
  • Sweatiness
  • More frequent bowel movements
  • Darker coloured urine (which is only an indicator of the toxins exiting the body)

Some patients crave a specific flavour or experience increased thirst. All of the above are good signs of the body trying to get back to a homeostatic state, a state where the body works at its optimum.

Will reflexology heal?

Reflexology does not heal but assists the body to heal itself. The human body is designed to function on its own and to balance itself without outside influences, for example, sweating when temperatures are hot in order to cool down or shivering when temperatures are cold to warm up. Many other functions are performed by the body automatically, even when we are not aware of these functions happening. Our daily lifestyles interfere with the body’s own ability to heal itself.

As an example, when we have had too much sugar or caffeine we might suffer from a headache and will therefore take a paracetamol or aspirin based drug to numb our pain. This we do instead of understanding why our bodies are in pain and avoiding the substances that cause our body pain and discomfort.

If we have fed our bodies in the correct way and have a strong immune system our bodies will be able to resist viruses. However, if we have not been looking after our body our immune system may be compromised and can therefore not deal with the virus on its own. This is when we search for outside help such as drugs.

Reflexology firstly aids in removing toxins in our bodies. These toxins are like roadblocks to health. Reflexology also removes congestions in the meridians. Once the toxins and congestions are removed, and the corrective lifestyle changes are made, the cells and oxygen (which transport the nutrients) are at their optimum and therefore the body can begin to heal itself, the way it was designed to.

Who can benefit from reflexology?

Anyone with cells and organs can benefit from reflexology, all ages included.

The only contra-indicator would be people who have recently suffered with DVT (deep vein thrombosis). This is because not enough research has been done with this disorder.

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