What is Reflexology?
Reflexology can treat problem areas by working on pressure points on the feet. A full reflexology treatment will aid the body's own healing mechanism and leave you feeling relaxed and calm.There is evidence that a kind of foot therapy was practised in ancient China, Egypt and in North American Tribes, although the true origin of Reflexology remains uncertain. Several books were published on foot zone therapy during the 17th and the 20th century. The underlying theory of Reflexology tells us that certain reflex points on the feet correspond to certain parts of the body.
How does Reflexology work?
1. According to one theory, Reflexology works on the nervous system. Sir Henry Head and Sir Charles Sherrington gathered early proof that the internal organs and the skin are connected through the neurological system which is affected by stimulus.
This connectedness causes pressure to the feet to send signals to the organs in the body to adjust the tension level, encouraging optimal functioning and blood supply as well as relaxation.
2. Another theory, based on research which suggests pain is subjective and highly influenced by feelings and thoughts, explains the pain relieving effect of reflexology as a result of a reduction in stress and an increase in mood.
3. Yet another theory holds that the human body has energy flowing through it, which becomes congested when too much stress is present. This congestion can then lead to illness. Reflexology helps keep this energy flowing.
Finally, a reflexologist does not heal a client, rather the body repairs itself by coming into alignment with it's own ability to heal. There is nothing one needs to do during the treatment to reap the benefits of reflexology. Concentrating or focusing will not make the treatment more effective.
Why do people have Reflexology treatments?
Reflexology is extremely relaxing and a lot of people may even find themselves dosing off.
However, reflexology can also be a very powerful and safe way of treating conditions such as digestive disorder, hormonal problems, arthritis, insomnia or stress related problems. Some people even find reflexology more effective in treating sciatica than massage.
How does Reflexology feel?
A reflexology treatment will feel like a firm massage of the feet, with the reflexologist just using the thumb to massage. You may feel tingling or a shooting sensation from the feet up through the legs when certain points are pressed.
Areas which need more attention can feel sore or slightly painful, and will be gently worked on by the reflexologist to release the blockages.
Being ticklish will not pose a problem during the treatment as firm pressure is being used. The overall experience of a reflexology treatment is that of a pleasant one.
What can I expect during my Reflexology treatment?
Your reflexology treatment will start with your feet being cleaned with hot towels and thereafter oil or talcum powder being applied. Your feet and ankles are then gently loosened up using various relaxation techniques.
During the rest of the treatment the reflexologist will work through the map of pressure points on your feet, returning to problem areas when needed, and finishing up with breathing techniques and foot stretches.
Reflexology 45 min
Reflexology 1 hr
Blissful Soles 1 1/2 hr