the name implies this involves stimulating reflexes
on the feet to restore balance within the body.
This is done using the thumb or fingers to apply
firm pressure using caterpillar-like movements,
rotation on a spot, hooking the thumb in and back
out, as well as general relaxing massage moves.
A reflexologist should cover all reflexes on both
feet to give a holistic treatment, as well as
focusing on particular areas of imbalance should
any be identified. If there are areas of imbalance
it is possible that the corresponding reflexes
will be sensitive or even painful when massaged.
This should go as the reflexologist spends time
working these reflexes. Some people also feel
interesting sensations in their body whilst receiving
a treatment, such as tingling, warmth, a feeling
of release or opening up, lightness. This is all
good, as it is a sign of energy flowing within
the nervous system.
is often effective in providing the following
- Relaxation, which can be very deep.
- An overall balancing and calming effect,
which amongst other things helps people
manage stress better. It can take a few
treatments for this to manifest itself.
- Restoring energy balance boosts the
immune system and encourages self-healing.
- Some clients simply just feel better
overall, more uplifted.
- TLC for the feet, a much neglected
part of the body that works very hard.
- Improved blood and lymph circulation,
aiding removal of toxins.
- A loosening of the body that decreases
- An overall energising effect.
- Improved sleep patterns.
- Pain relief.
The treatment highlights imbalances
and hence can be useful in diagnosing where a
client may have a problem. Obviously reflexologists
are not qualified to diagnose medical conditions,
however this can still be useful if there is a
clear pointer that suggests the client would benefit
from going to see their GP or another professional
for further investigation.
Please note that a good Reflexologist will always
do a thorough consultation before commencing a
treatment, and will also provide advice about
aftercare and homecare.
The following books were referenced for this
section and are all available (via the links)
in association with Amazon.co.uk:
of Natural Healing by Anne Woodham and Dr David
Holistic Therapy – A Practical Approach by Francesca
See our full range of Holistic
Therapy books in the Further Exploration