Most people think of reflexology and they think of feet, however it can also be used on the lower legs, hands and the ears! It is a non-intrusive form of massage based on the idea that these parts of the body can be 'mapped' to areas of the whole body.
The Treatment (Feet)
Following a consultation to establish the client's state of health & wellbeing and whether or not they are on medication or have any conditions which may be contra-indicated the client will be invited to remove their shoes and anything else covering their feet (e.g. socks) then asked to either lie on a couch or in a reclining chair in order that they may relax fully. The reflexologist will examine the feet, taking notes of anything such as areas of redness, skin condition etc. then begin by performing a massage to relax the feet and distribute the oil/lotion/powder being used, one foot will then be covered whilst the other is worked upon. The client may then be aware of the reflexologist applying pressure to areas of the feet, around the toes, down the sides, around the heel, over the sole, on top of the feet etc. It is not uncommon for recipients to feel the occasional bit of discomfort but the treatment on the whole is very relaxing.
As with any holistic or complementary therapy treatment clients may experience contra-actions (a healing response) in the form of one or more of the following:
- Needing to visit the toilet more frequently
- Tiredness or lethargy
- An increase in energy
- A feeling of lightness
It is important to drink plenty of fluids (e.g. water, herbal teas) and listen to one's body and if tiredness is experienced then go with it and rest, as it is what the body needs.
It is often advisable to have a course of reflexology treatments, initially close together (weekly), then on a regular basis (e.g. monthly) to continue to reap the benefits.
If you would like to an added dimension to your reflexology treatment then why not try Hot Stones Reflexology?
About Hot Stone Reflexology
Hot Stone Reflexology incorporates heated stones into a reflexology treatment. Large stones are used to warm and massage the feet and legs, whilst small stones work reflex points and more specific areas.
An extremely relaxing treatment with the following benefits:
- Increased blood circulation & lymphatic drainage
- Heat penetrates to a much deeper level than finger pressure
- Promotes the release and elimination of toxins
- Boosts immunity and lymphatic function
- Relieves tension in connective tissues
- Aids relaxation
- Helps to balance the body and mind