What is it?
Reflexology is a natural therapy that is deeply relaxing and supports healing in people with a variety of emotional and physical ailments. It involves gentle massage of the lower legs and feet and applying pressure to specific points on the feet, which correspond to all major organs in the body
Treatment activates the body’s own natural healing power, bringing the body back to a state of neutral balance, inner calm, improved health and wellbeing. It is increasingly offered as a complementary therapy within the NHS, and qualifies for Medicash support.
What are the Benefits?
stimulate nerve function,
induce a deep state of relaxation,
help clean up urinary tract conditions,
speed recovery after injury or surgery,
help relieve sleep disorders, reduce depression, and
What’s the Evidence?
There is growing evidence from research to suggest that reflexology has positive effects on healing in a variety of illnesses and conditions. It is increasingly offered as a complementary therapy within the NHS.
Although reflexology isn’t connected directly to curing cancer, it has been shown to ease the side effects of cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy in a study reported in Ontology Nursing Forum.
A further study in Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery showed that reflexology can be very beneficial for pregnant women, particularly in terms of labor lengths and their need for analgesics during labor and post-partum recovery time. It can reduce the chances of post-partum depression and can also help a woman’s body heal itself faster and get back to its normal metabolic activity quickly.
Research has also demonstrated the benefits of reflexology in aiding the treatment of arthritis, hypertension, migraine, and anxiety and depression.
What to expect
When I first meet you I will conduct a brief health history, checking in case reflexology may not be the best choice of therapy for you and will explain how reflexology works and what to expect in the session. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
During the treatment I will work mostly on your feet, or the hands, depending on your specific health issues. A complete therapy session will involve many different techniques and includes all of the points on both feet.
If you have a specific condition, such as migraines, then I will carefully feel and work the area corresponding to the presenting problem. However, they will also work all areas of the foot with gentle pressure, because, according to reflexology theories, this allows the nerve pathways and congestion to release and promotes the relaxation response for the entire body.
You may feel a variety of sensations during the treatment, from a general feeling of relaxation, to a sense of "lightness" or tingling in the body, as well as feelings of warmth, a sense of "opening," or "energy moving" from the reflex zone to the specific body area or organ. There is often a physical perception of energy flowing through every organ, valve, gland, or muscle, as well as a sense of communication between each body system. This is usually a deeply relaxing sensation.
Reflexology is not a diagnostic or curative procedure, but acts as a complementary therapy supporting the bodies natural healing processes.
"Just returned from my first reflexology session with Arlene. Such a knowledgeable and compassionate therapist- feeling both energised and completely relaxed at the same time- how is that possible?"