What is Reflexology
Reflexology is a technique that applies pressure and massage to areas on your feet. You have reflex areas in your feet that match every part of your body. There is a map of the left side of your body on your left foot, and the right side of your body on your right foot. For example, your left big toe represents the left side of your head, and a point around the ball of your right foot represents your right lung. Reflexology has been used for centuries. It is thought to have been developed originally by the ancient Egyptians. It is one of the most popular types of complementary therapy in the UK among people with cancer. The systematic way Reflexology stimulates the corresponding organs in your body releases your body’s natural healing powers and encourages restoration of health. Stimulating these Reflex areas encourages the healing process, working on energy pathways similar to those used in acupuncture. There have been many positive research projects carried out with reflexology; however, as yet, there is not a large enough body of evidence to make medical claims of effectiveness.
What to Expect
On your first visit, you'll be asked some general questions about your health, lifestyle and medical history. Consultations take between 10 and 20 minutes and do not impact on your treatment time. If there are any concerns that reflexology could interfere with your health, or with any drugs you are currently taking, you will be asked to speak to your GP just to ensure Reflex is right for you. A reflexology session usually lasts between 45 to 60 minutes. You’ll usually lie down for the treatment or sit in a reclining chair. Your reflexologist will use their fingers and thumbs to apply pressure to your feet or hands. Most people say that having reflexology feels relaxing and soothing. Pressure on some areas may be uncomfortable or slightly painful. This discomfort can indicate problems in a particular part of your body.
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