Reflexology is a complementary, holistic therapy based on the principle that there are reflexes on the feet which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body.
Reflex points, which relate to all parts of the body, can be found in the feet, hands, face and ears. These points respond to pressure, stimulating the body’s own natural healing process.
Reflexology creates physiological, chemical and emotional changes throughout the body. During and after a reflexology treatment, the body begins progressively clearing blockages, re-establishing energy flows and balancing itself, resulting in better health. There are many different styles and approaches used in reflexology, with foot reflexology currently the most popular and proven form, however the basic principle is constant.
Benefits of Reflexology
Research has shown Reflexology to be effective and beneficial in many ways. Here is a sample of some of the overall benefits of Reflexology:
– Reduces stress to induce relaxation
– Assists the body in cleansing toxins and impurities (a major cause of disease)
– Improves circulation
– Balances the whole body (mentally, physically and spiritually)
– Revitalizes Energy
– Improves blood and nerve supply to the muscles; relaxes muscles spasms and tensions; promotes good muscle tone through nerve stimulation
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and can bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions including;
– Asthma – Headaches – Diabetes – Menstrual problems – Migraines – Back pain
-Neck and Shoulder pain – Sports/General injuries – Poor lymphatic circulation
– Stress related conditions – Digestive disorders – Rheumatoid arthritis
– Musculoskeletal pain – Insomnia â€¢ Constipation – Sinusitis – M.S.
– Sinus Congestion; Fatigue – Fibromyalgia; Bladder/Kidney stones
– Hormonal Imbalances – Respiratory Disorders – Emotional disorders – Pain Relief etc.
Reflexology is one of the most popular complementary therapies used during maternity because it improves general well-being, energy and promotes balance. Women who receive reflexology during their pregnancy can experience shorter labour times and less need for painkillers. Reflexology can also have a positive impact on postpartum depression, anxiety and hormone levels.
Reflexology can help to ease pregnancy, delivery and post-natal ailments including:
Sciatica, SPD,Back pain, Morning sickness, Headaches , Insomnia, Oedema, Constipation , Hormonal Imbalance , Post Natal Depression , Energy Levels.
Reflexology for Babies, Toddlers and Children
Reflexology is a safe, gentle (and enjoyable) natural option for calming babies, boosting their immune system and supporting the growing body. Babies and children can benefit hugely from a touch therapy such as reflexology.It can promote well-being as well as bringing relief from a range of childhood ailments such as :
Colic , Reflux, Constipation, Asthma , Teething pains , Anxiety , Congested nose , Interrupted sleep patterns, Growing Pains , ADD/ADHD , Autism or Aspergers Syndrome, Inability to concentrate , Behavioural problems
Reflexology for Fertility
Fertility reflexology can be helpful for a range of issues that can impact on a person’s fertility such as hormone imbalances, endometriosis, pre-menstrual syndrome, Polycystic Ovaries, Pelvic inflammatory disease, Blocked or damaged fallopian tube, Stress related problems, Menstrual problems, Low sperm count,Decreased sperm mobility, Fluid retention around the testicular area, Prostate gland problems, after effects of testicular cancer/ surgery, Low levels of testosterone (hypogonadism).
Reflexology is a fantastic therapy for reducing stress, which is very important if you are trying to increase your fertility and become pregnant. Stress can negatively affect your ability to conceive, whether it is worrying about becoming pregnant, stress within the family, workplace stress and so on.
Reflexology for Cancer Care
From chemotherapy to symptom management and from post-operative care to palliative care, research demonstrate reflexology’s effectiveness at alleviating pain, relieving anxiety, easing nausea and more for cancer patients. Reflexology can complement conventional cancer care. It can be a great option to use while going through cancer treatments, helping to alleviate symptoms and side effects such as:
Pain , Nausea , Anxiety , Fatigue , Emotion Stress
Reflexology for Mental Health
Mental illness is not confined to the mind. Its symptoms can manifest in the body’s nervous system, affecting moods, the immune system, thought processes and perception. Reflexology can improve mental health by stimulating the nervous and lymphatic systems, encouraging a release of feel-good hormones and endorphins, which are renown for relieving stress.