What is Reflexology?
It is not a tissue massage as a massage targets muscles and tendons. Reflexology is a complementary technique. It is a non-invasive, hands-on technique using gentle to moderate finger pressure to stimulate reflex points on the feet and/or hands. The reflex points correspond to organs, glands and various parts of the body.
Techniques include finger walking, thumb walking, sliding, and rotating and pivoting on reflex points.
Stimulation of the reflex points on the feet and/or hands is said to help self-regulate the body and encourage the body to move towards balance and better function. The client remains fully dressed. Shoes and socks are removed for foot Reflexology.
Does Reflexology have any contraindications?
Yes, there are contraindications. It is important to note that the following conditions preclude the use of Reflexology: extreme swelling of extremities, phlebitis, DVT, untreated heart or blood pressure conditions, and the first trimester of pregnancy.
The presence of varicose veins requires a modified session.
In the case of ulcers, fungus, rashes, infections and severe neuropathy of the feet, hand Reflexology can be performed.
What can be expected from a Reflexology session?
During a session, as soon as the body starts to relax, the mind will follow suit. When the body begins to relax, the by-products of stress reactions start to be released. Participants generally speak of feeling cool, mellow, relaxed, and in some cases even energized after a session. As we are unique individuals, each of us will have a slightly different experience.
It normally takes 5 – 10 minutes at the end of the session for participants to adapt to the shift the session has created and to resume normal activities.
It is important for participants to drink plenty of water immediately following the session and for the next few days. Water is required to both break down and to flush the by-products of stress reactions from the body.
What are the potential benefits of Reflexology?
Reflexology helps encourage the body to move toward balance and better function.
Potential wellness benefits:
– Promotes relaxation and the release of tension.
– Helps to relieve pain.
– Aides in better sleep.
– Helps to support the body’s natural healing abilities.
– Supports the digestive system.
– Improves blood circulation.
– Supports the immune system.
– Helps in the elimination of waste products and fluids from the body.
– Helps to unblock congestion.
– Promotes a balancing effect on hormone production.
– Promotes a balancing effect on mind, body and spirit/heart-centre.