Reflexology, or reflex zone therapy as it is sometimes called, is a treatment in which pressure is applied to the feet or (less commonly) the hands to promote well-being.
By massaging specific reflex points represented on the feet, the therapist stimulates or relaxes corresponding areas in the body. The free flow of energy is restored to the whole body encouraging it’s own natural healing powers. Tensions are eased, circulation is improved and the body’s capacity to eliminate toxins is enhanced.
- Stress and tension
- Hormonal imbalances (PCOS, PMS)
- Headaches, migraines
- Sinus problems, catarrh
- Chronic neck and/or back pain
A typical treatment lasts from between 45 minutes to an hour. After the first session in particular you may feel very tired initially or need to visit the bathroom more frequently. Virtually everyone expresses surprise at just how relaxed they feel. Some people have the occasional treatment when they feel stressed while others have regular treatments to help particular complaints and maintain good health.
Reflexology techniques have been evolving fast over the last ten years. New developments in the field include:-
- VRT stands for Vertical Reflexology Techniques and was developed by Lynne Booth in Bristol. It involves working on the upper surface of the foot whilst it is weight bearing and has been found to be especially effective for joint problems. Visit www.boothvrt.com for details.
- ART stands for Advanced Reflexology Techniques and was developed by Anthony Porter. Many moves are performed with the knuckles and are effective whilst taking some of the strain off the usual working position of the therapist’s thumbs and fingers. Visit http://www.artreflex.com for details.
- Nerve or Neuro Reflexology has been developed by Nico Pauly, a Belgian physiotherapist and pioneering reflexologist. He has located and identified specific nerve points on the feet. These points are very powerful and have an immediate effect. He also worked out a therapeutic concept for working with these points based on clinical reasoning and modern pain science. His method of working enables us as reflexologists to treat areas of pain and/or weakness within the body more effectively. This is a new therapy in Britain and there are only a few of us utilising these techniques in this region.
Reflexology can bring about an improvement in energy levels and emotional well-being. It can promote the same level of deep relaxation as a full body massage but without the need to take off anything apart from shoes and socks.