What is Reflexology?
The art of reflexology is an ancient therapy that has been practiced for over 5000 years and was introduced to the western world over 100 years ago. Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary therapy which is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower legs, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists believe that working these points or areas aids relaxation and helps improve wellbeing.
With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to recognise the detrimental effect that this can have and to take action to address their own healthcare needs; as such, reflexology could be one of the ways you might ease the stresses of modern life.
The Impact of Stress
Stress can affect many systems of the body and if the stress becomes long term or chronic then damage may occur. This damage can affect health and wellbeing, which in turn can make life harder in the areas of relationships, work and play.
Stress is also thought to be responsible for many other illnesses and problems. Therefore, relieving stress may prevent other problems in the future.
Reflexology can fit into a busy lifestyle and can easily be part of an individual's coping strategy, resulting in multi-system relaxation and increased wellbeing.
Improved wellbeing is much more than simply the absence of illness; it also includes an improved frame of mind, better relationships with those around you and increased happiness.
Will I benefit from Reflexology?
As holistic practitioners, reflexologists are there to support you as a whole person and promote your wellbeing. Therefore, reflexologists do not diagnose, prescribe or cure.
After a treatment, people typically feel very relaxed, may sleep better and notice a feeling of improved mood and general wellbeing. It may also help to reduce tension and anxiety. Other symptoms may improve too.
What happens when I go for a reflexology treatment?
Reflexology is a very easy treatment to receive. Before commencing, a full medical history will be taken and you will be asked to sign a consent form agreeing to the treatment. All information will be kept confidentially. You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks and I will then use my thumbs, fingers or knuckles to apply gentle pressure to the feet and sometimes the lower leg.
Some areas of the feet may feel slightly tender when pressed, but this will pass. The general experience should feel relaxing.
How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?
After one or two treatments, most people feel an improved sense of wellbeing and experience a feeling of deep relaxation. Occasionally people report experiencing a mild headache, feeling tired or needing to go to the toilet more often following their treatment. Reflexologists believe that this is part of the healing process and a sign of balance being restored to the body. Any symptoms normally pass within 24 hours.
Reflexology for the treatment of pain: Kruchik Method
In 2018, I had the opportunity to further train under the world renowned reflexologist Mauricio (Moshe) Kruchik. His method of reflexology is quite groundbreaking and unique, using a methodology that aims to empower the body to deal with pain in an effective way, instead of fighting against the pain.
To quote Moshe: "The Kruchik Method is based on the belief that all body reserves are there to serve the patient's own reserves, empowering them to deal with the pain but with a different therapeutic approach; never fighting the pain head on but educating the body to find and use their own medicines and creating pleasure, so that this be reconciled with all its resources to create a deep and unwavering sense of wellbeing.
This methodology includes exploration, mapping, understanding and treatment of pain through a combination of techniques including the release of connective tissue, the treatment of the endocrine system, a thorough stimulation of the nervous system through each and every one of the nervous plexuses, the use of linking techniques for a positive neuro-endocrine response, specific techniques for specific pathologies and more."
The treatment involves the use of Reflexology in Motion. The client is fully involved in the treatment, and will be asked to make simple movements, sometimes using a weight or a tennis ball, whilst being treated with reflexology. Treatments can also sometimes require the use of ice. Reflexology in motion can be used to increase flexibility and improve the mobility of joints, and can be used to help with many conditions including sciatica, migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and many more.
If you are living with pain and are interested in finding out more about this treatment, please do not hesitate to contact me.