Reflexology is a gentle art, a fascinating science and extremely effective form of therapeutic foot massage that has carved an impressive niche in the field of complementary medicine. Reflexology is a holistic healing technique and as such aims to treat the individual as a "whole" incorporating body, mind and spirit. Although reflexology works on a similar principle to acupuncture, reflexology is entirely non-invasive. Instead of using needles, simple pressure is applied through the fingers to the minute reflex points in and around the feet and hands.
Reflexology is a completely safe form of therapy, as well as being a very relaxing and pleasant experience. The purpose of a course of treatments is to normalize the body's functioning, to help to break down tension and alleviate stress, and to improve nerve functioning and blood supply throughout the body. Reflexology works best when it is used to treat the whole body, rather than specific conditions. In this way, it improves all of the body functions, and this, in turn, encourages the natural healing processes to work more speedily and efficiently.
For the client, Reflexology;
Treatment takes approximately 1 hour
Strengthens the whole body function
Convenient - (Practitioner can go the client)
Practical (the client is fully clothed)
Therapeutic effects last long after the treatment is over
Short and long term benefits are individual, varied and cumulative
For the practitioner of Reflexology;
Increases your therapeutic skills base
Offering a service for people who may find other forms of bodywork invasive or difficult
Can be used with other therapies
Substantially increased earning ability
The simplicity of Reflexology treatment belies its efficacy. No high-tech, complicated equipment is necessary. The technique is so simple it does not require years of training to master. A good practitioner need a sensitive but sturdy pair of hands, a genuine desire to ease pain and suffering, compassion, intuition and an understanding of human nature. Reflexology is effective not only with just adults. You can often soothe a fractious infant simply by applying gentle pressure to the baby's feet - an invaluable technique in the middle of the night, when a few hours of unbroken sleep are desperately needed. As well as babies, young children also seem to have a natural affinity for reflexology.