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Every organ, structure of system within the human body is mirrored in alternative areas allowing for distal treatment of the body. Reflexology mapped these systems into 10 separate zones within the feet and believes that these areas are connected through a system of energies within the body (the Chinese call these energies Qi, also referred to a Chakra’s and Aura’s) these can become congested, stagnated or blocked causing the channels to function less effectively and imbalances in health to occur.  The reflexologist will relax these blocked areas, hopefully re-establishing the free flow of energy allowing the body’s own self-healing capacity.

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Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive complementary health therapy aimed at rebalancing the body and promoting a better health for the patient. The treatment can be performed on the foot, hand, tongue or ear; but is primarily on the feet as this is where the best results occur.

The therapy works on the principal that the body’s organs and systems are reflected on these areas like maps and by applying manipulation to the corresponding points, known as ‘reflexes’ the body can achieve a state of balance to heal itself.

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please note: reflexology cannot diagnose a condition; more indicate an imbalance, nor can it cure illness. It enables the body to treat itself and is in no way a replacement for medical treatment, it is imperative to see your Doctor if you are concerned about your health.

During the treatment, you can rest or talk it is whatever makes you most relaxed. Often people can experience a ‘lightness’ or ‘tingling’ in the body or a sensation of warmth, this is usually a sign of the energy moving and the body systems communicating. It is useful to tell the therapist how you are feeling or what you are experiencing, as this helps the therapist tailor the treatment plan to your specific needs. Feedbacks always encouraged and remember; you can stop the treatment at any time. The most important thing is for you to feel relaxed, comfortable and nurtured.  

Immediately after the treatment is finished, gently bring yourself back up and orient yourself. Please do not rush as you may feel a little light headed or dizzy.

The treatment will be done using either cream, lotion or oil which will be chosen by the client and reflexologist prior to starting treatment. The whole appointment will last approximately 30 - 45 minutes however the initial appointment will take longer due to the consultation required.

 

Reflexology should not tickle or hurt the client and is often said to be a very relaxing style of foot massage. However, there may be a mild discomfort felt in certain sensitive reflexes, these would be where the toxins have built up and imbalances have occurred. The therapist will carefully touch these areas with light pressure to assist the body in ridding itself of these toxins which injure health. Please do not hesitate to tell the therapist if there is more than a mild discomfort in any given area.

 

Reflexology can help with all sorts of things, from basic relaxation, maintaining health and well-being to treating minor health problems. It can also help ease some of the symptoms associated with long-term and degenerative conditions.

Some people find it works for them and some don’t. The best way to find out is to try it. 

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Is Reflexology Suitable For Me?

Reflexology can be safely used by anyone from new-born babies to end of life care; age is not a requirement. This therapy is complementary meaning it works alongside other treatments and does not usually conflict with orthodox medical treatments or medications. However, there are times when it is not suitable to provide treatment. These include:

  • Pregnancy or postnatal.

  • recent operations

  • contagious illnesses, diseases or infections

  • cardiovascular conditions

  • specific medications 

  • Any untreated severe medical condition or acute pain.  

  • Athletes foot, swelling or inflammation, open skin, sun burn, skin rashes, bites, burns or recent fractures (minimum 3 months) on the feet.

  • Epilepsy and neurological disorders

  • Diabetes.

 It may be possible to still treat a patient with cuts, grazes, bruises or verrucae’s on the feet however these areas must be covered with a dressing to prevent contamination or cross-infection occurring.  

if you are unsure if this treatment if suitable for you please contact the therapist to discuss this.

Reflexology Aftercare Advice.

To gain the most from your Reflexology treatment, its recommended to do the following:

  1. Increase your water intake over the following 7 days to enhance the detoxification process, you could also try more herbal or fruit teas and juices to assist the process.

  2. Reduce Caffeine intake over the next 48 hours. 

  3. Avoid alcohol, energy drinks or recreational drugs for 24 hours after the treatment and 12 hours prior to treatment.

  4. Try to reduce or avoid smoking, vaping and all nicotine / tobacco products over the next 48 hours.

  5. Avoid strenuous activities, heavy exercise or long drives for 24 hours after treatment, your body needs time for Rest and Relaxation. 

  6. Try to reduce stress, maybe try light exercise, going for a walk, breathing or mediation to help. 

  7. Avoid having any other treatments for 48 hours afterwards to prevent interactions occurring.

  8. Diet is important; eat a light  healthy meals; avoiding heavy, greasy, fatty or spicy foods for at least 24 hours after treatment so that the body does not need to concentrate on a sluggish digestion.

  9. Follow any specific aftercare advice given following the treatment. 

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