What is Reflexology?
As a therapy, reflexology was practised in ancient civilisations such as Greece and China. Hieroglyphic pictures depicting some form of foot and hand manipulations have been found in Egypt and India and date as far back as 4,000BC.
Reflexology is a technique that applies gentle pressure to reflex areas of the feet, hands, or face, to bring about a state of deep relaxation and to help stimulate the body’s own healing process.
The theory behind this treatment is that organs, nerves, glands and other parts of the body are connected to reflex points in the feet. By stimulating these areas using compression techniques with the thumbs, fingers and hands, you can create a response in the related body area.
Reflexologists do not cure ailments or disease, diagnose or prescribe and should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice. However, it is a useful therapy to complement other treatments when addressing emotional conditions such as anxiety, stress, addictions and sleep problems. It can also help with physical conditions such as headaches, sinusitis, colds, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, kidney function, PMS, the menopause, travel sickness and irritable bowel syndrome.
What Happens on Your First Visit?
A consultation will be taken, which will take into account your medical history, lifestyle and well-being in order to ascertain what goals you wish to achieve from your reflexology treatment. This usually takes between 10-15 minutes.
You will sit in a comfortable reclining reflexology chair where your feet will be warmed up with gentle massage movements before the treatment starts.
A reflexology session lasts for 45-60 minutes. It usually takes up to 3 or 4 sessions to see a noticeable improvement to your well-being. However, this can vary from one person to another, depending on your age, your health, stress and other lifestyle factors.
How Will You Feel After a Treatment?
Most people feel relaxed and calm following a treatment and experience no reactions. Very occasionally people may experience a headache or feel more emotional than usual. You may feel worse and conclude that the treatment isn’t working but these reactions are good signs that your body is starting to respond to the treatment.
- Facial reflexology is built on a combination of Native America techniques and Asian body maps that chart the reflex areas of the face.
- The face’s proximity to the brain is key to the effectiveness of manipulating facial reflex points, which directly connect to the body’s neuro pathways.
- Facial reflexology can be a wonderful therapy to help identify reflexes out of balance and to help you with your health and well-being.
- As an added benefit, your face will look and feel smoother and more toned, as you increase the circulation and help to release muscle tension.
- Some clients call it their “mini-facelift” as it helps to strengthen the layers of skin tissue and improve skin tone.
- Additionally, over a series of sessions, there may be a reduction of lines and wrinkles helping you to look good and feel good!
- This is in addition to stimulating the body’s own healing mechanisms and encouraging the body to eliminate toxins.
- Facial reflexology is very effective for alleviating blocked sinuses, dry skin, headaches, lack of energy, dull complextions and depression.
- It helps the body to work at its optimum level, boosts the immune system and can help prevent colds and flu.
- Facial reflexology is a bit of a fashion beauty secret. A natural way to look beautifully relaxed and glowing while your entire body has been balanced by reflexology.
- Not only does facial reflexology offer all the well-documented benefits of foot reflexology but it also gives you a rejuvenating transformation, through lifting and sculpting the facial muscles and enhancing the complexion. Most people experiencing a bright after-glow after their treatment.
- As our reflexologist is also an aromatherapist, essential oils can also be applied such as rose, frankincense, geranium and immortelle which are all renowned for their anti-aging, anti-oxidant and rejuvenating properties, which will help nourish and protect the skin. In addition tea tree or bergamot can be used for acne/oily skin, or eucalyptus and lavender used to help ease sinus congestion and headaches.
- Facial reflexology gently stimulates the points in the face that correspond to different body parts and organs.
- This treatment is deeply relaxing – it is not uncommon to fall asleep. It’s a unique face massage that incorporates all the natural face lifting techniques to invigorate every muscle, lift the face and smooth out wrinkles. Special attantion is paid to the eyes, cheek and jaw line and nerve endings are stimulated.
- Clients often report that they feel an inner calm and a real sense of well-being following a treatment, as well as a more youthful, glowing complexion. It is achieved by improving the blood and lymph flow, relaxing muscle tension and stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.
See the Association of Reflexologists video for further details about reflexology.