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What Is Reflexology?

Updated: Dec 2, 2022

Reflexology is a type of health therapy that aims to promote deep relaxation and well-being. It helps to reduce stress in people’s lives which improves physical health and mental resilience.

It is a touch therapy that involves various parts of the body such as the ears, face, hands, lower leg and feet. During the therapy, the reflexologists work these areas to induce a calming effect.

Relaxation is the primary goal of reflexology where a client has one to one treatment and supportive touch from a therapist in an empathetic listening environment. Reflexology is often used alongside other healthcare protocols to further enhance health.

The Theory Behind Reflexology

Reflexology is the theory that organs of the whole body are reflected in smaller peripheral areas such as your face, ears, hands and feet. A reflexologist works these areas with sensitive touch to bring about a state of balance within the body. The therapy can differ for each person and the reflexologist uses specific techniques to improve your well-being.

How Can Reflexology Help

Reflexology does not aim to cure or diagnose any issues you may have. Instead, professional reflexologists facilitate an individualised treatment tailored to your needs. It takes into account physical and non-physical aspects of your lifestyle that might be affecting your health.

In a nutshell, reflexology helps to regulate your body and promote a balanced state. After a treatment, you are likely to feel more relaxed and less tense. It may help you sleep better at night and provoke a happier mood too.

Every day is becoming increasingly stressful and mental health issues seem to be rising. Therefore, a calming treatment such as reflexology can have a positive effect on health and well-being.

What Happens At A Treatment Session?

Firstly, you will have to provide your full medical history and sign a consent form. You will then have to remove your shoes and socks in preparation for the treatment.

The therapist will begin the session by using their hands to apply pressure to various peripheral areas of the body (ears, feet, face). If you are new to reflexology it may be a little uncomfortable at first, but ultimately it will be very relaxing.

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