Reflexology can be a wonderfully relaxing experience where you can take time out from everyday pressures. The therapist’s expert touch will help you relax which can help improve mood, aid sleep and relieve tension. The result is an overall sense of well-being. It is a holistic therapy whereby the body, mind and spirit are treated as a whole and is a safe and effective way of improving well-being.
Reflexology deals with the principle that there are reflexes in the feet which relate to all organs, functions and systems of the human body. Where stress and tension are present in the body for a long period of time, this can cause an imbalance in the body which creates the conditions for illness. Reflexology is a treatment that aims to relieve this by deeply relaxing the whole body and promoting a physical and emotional sense of well-being and restfulness.
During a typical reflexology session the reflexologist will take a detailed medical history. Sessions are usually performed in a comfortable chair or couch. If it is to be performed on the feet, the client will be asked to remove footwear and socks but other forms of reflexology require no removal of clothing. The practitioner will make a visual and tactile examination of the area to be worked before beginning the precise reflexology massage movements. The particular types of movements involved require the application of an appropriate pressure using the thumb and fingers.
Did you know that when we apply pressure to each foot, we are stimulating approximately 7,500 nerve endings. The stimuli, causes an effect on the largest control centre in the body, the nervous system, and evokes a positive reaction in the body. Within natural law, the body has a huge regenerative ability and an innate potential for maintaining health and overcoming illness. The stimuli acts to encourage the body to re-balance and for all systems to function better.
If you are living with certain chronic conditions, and receiving conventional medical care, reflexology can help improve your quality of life and bring comfort. It truly is a therapeutic intervention and receiving a relaxing reflexology treatment is a positive step towards putting you in control and lessening the effects of stress. When you are in a relaxed state you are less likely to feel overwhelmed and exhausted and more equipped to cope.
Choosing a practitioner
It is important to choose a qualified reflexologist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of reflexology. You can check whether a reflexologist is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by searching the register at www.cnhc.org.uk. By choosing reflexologists who are registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.