“The time to start digging a well is before you feel thirsty. And the time to start attending to your health is before you fall sick.”
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is one of the most popular complementary therapies in the UK. It works by applying gentle pressure to specific reflex points on the feet or hands, which correspond to organs, glands and muscles in the body.
Reflexology may help to restore the body to a state of balance and well being. It deals with the person as a whole and with the causes of problems rather than just the symptoms. It also encourages the elimination of toxins, releases endorphins, reduces stress and anxiety, and revitalizes energy.
Many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress. Medical and other health care professionals increasingly regard reflexology for pain management & relaxation to be a well established, respected and effective therapy.
Reflexology may be beneficial to almost everyone. An increasing number of people are using this holistic therapy as a method of relaxation.
What happens during a Reflexology session?
The first appointment can last more than an hour as medical and lifestyle history is discussed, together with treatment aims. Clients are also requested to sign a Privacy & Content statement in line with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on 25th May 2018. Subsequent treatments are typically 50 minutes.
Treatments are tailored to the individual. After assessing the condition of specific points on the feet, reflexologists use their hands to apply gentle pressure to the feet and ankles. By working on these points they aim to influence the corresponding systems of the body.
After a treatment it is a good idea to take it easy and relax, to allow the benefits to work through the body. It is also advisable to drink plenty of water to help flush out the toxins.
Most people feel deeply relaxed after their treatment. Some clients may feel more alert, others lethargic, thirsty or sleepy. Occasionally there can be a “healing reaction” to the treatment, with some initial tiredness or a slight headache. This is more likely to occur early in a treatment sequence.
How many treatments do I need?
This depends entirely on the condition and personal circumstances. If you want a treatment to help keep yourself in optimum health then every 3-4 weeks would be fine. Any long-standing health conditions may require a treatment every 2-3 weeks or more often depending on the circumstances.
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