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    What is Reflexology?


    Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands or ears. Reflexology is generally calming and may help ease stress.

    The theory behind reflexology is based on an understanding that areas of the foot (hand or ear) correspond to organs and systems of the body. Pressure applied to areas on the foot is thought to bring relaxation and therapeutic healing to the corresponding area of the body. Reflexologists use foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas. Reflexology may sometimes be combined with other hands-on therapies to create a holistic approach to wellbeing.


    How Else Can It Help?

    Reflexology is a way of recognising and locating imbalances in the body’s organs and systems.

    The human body is constantly trying to maintain a natural balance. Sometimes due to stress, injury, a build-up of toxic waste, bad diet or poor elimination, this is not possible and the body becomes unwell. Reflex zone massage picks out these areas of imbalance and with a little work, helps them to return to normal. It is not necessarily a cure but can help in the body rebalance itself.

    Disease is caused by blockages in energy lines and treatment involves clearing these obstructions by stimulating various points along the lines. When congestions are cleared energy is able to flow freely and the body is able to achieve a state of balance.


    Safety

    Several studies indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as stress and anxiety, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Although not an alternative to conventional medicine, reflexology complements and can enhance conventional medicines and treatments. It is also ideal if you're seeking relaxation and stress relief.


    What Happens During a Session?

    Visiting a reflexologist should be an enjoyable experience. Your therapist should provide a clean, comfortable and inviting room for your treatment.

    A session is usually carried out in a reclining chair, or on a massage couch, and you should expect to remove your shoes and socks or tights. Some women may feel more comfortable wearing trousers.

    - a full consultation and medical history will be taken at the start of the session.

    - your feet will be cleaned by the therapist at the start of the treatment.

    - this will be followed by working each foot in turn, applying pressure to stimulate the reflexes of your entire body.

    - the treatment ends with relaxing foot massage.

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    a glass of water will be provided along with full aftercare advice.


    Possible Side-Effects?

    Reflexology is generally a safe and non-invasive treatment. By clearing blockages or obstructions you may experience an overall body response as the body attempts to release accumulated toxins; symptoms may include

    · headaches

    · nausea

    · flu-like symptoms

    · tiredness

    · heightened energy

    Symptoms usually pass within one to 24 hours and may be reduced by drinking plenty of water.


    Choosing a Reflexologist

    Each individual therapist brings their own personality and unique way of conducting their treatments. It is important that you have a good rapport with the person who is going to be working with you. You may wish to consider the following points when choosing a reflexologist or other complementary therapist.

    - meet or speak with your therapist before booking

    - location and accessibility

    - training and experience

    - number of sessions

    - cost per session

    - other services/products


    Key Benefits

    Restores balance

    Reduces stress & induces deep relaxation

    Improves blood circulation

    Cleanses the body of toxins

    Revitalises energy

    Preventative health care

    Stimulates neural pathways

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