Reflexology is a complementary therapy that works on the feet or hands enabling the body to heal itself. This gentle therapy relaxes the mind and body, and brings relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse.
Reflexology is suitable for all ages. After having completed a course of reflexology treatments for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue to have occasional treatments to maintain health and well-being.
The theory is that following illness, stress, injury or disease, the body is in a state of “imbalance”, and that vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Studies show that the nerve endings in the feet are directly connected to the inner organs of the body. By working on the reflex points of the feet, a reflexologist can stimulate, through the nerve pathways, an organ or body part that is tense, congested or damaged as a result of accident, injury or illness .This improves circulation and lymph flow, cleanses the body of impurities and revitalises energy, which will encourage the body to naturally restore its own healthy balance.
The treatment can be pleasurable and extremely relaxing to receive, as well as invigorating and energising.
The benefits of reflexology include:
* Pain reduction
* Amelioration of symptoms for health concerns
* Rejuvenation of tired feet
* Improvement in blood flow
* Good impact on physiological measures (e. g. blood pressure and cholesterol)
* Beneficial for post-operative recovery and pain reduction
* Adjunct to mental health care (e. g. depression, anxiety, Post traumatic stress disorder)
* Complement to cancer care (pain, nausea, vomiting, anxiety)
* Strengthening the immune system
* Easier birthing / delivery / post-partum recovery
Reflexology is a complement to standard medical care. It should not be a replacement to medical help.