Reflexology is a gentle and effective form of therapeutic treatment  applied to the feet and sometimes to the hands. Reflexology is  considered to be a holistic healing technique that aims to treat the  individual as a whole, in order to induce a state of balance and harmony in body, mind and spirit.

Reflexology is based on the belief that there are reflex areas on the feet (and hands) corresponding to all the parts of the body including  major organs. The therapist stimulates and works these organs and  systems through the reflexes, applying pressure to the feet with thumb  and fingers.

A treatment lasts between 40 minutes and 1 hour. During the first  visit, a case history is taken in order to assess where there may be  possible imbalances or problem areas. The client is seated in some form  of recliner chair or similar seated (or laying) position and asked to  remove shoes and socks. Once the feet have been cleansed, the treatment  starts with a gentle relaxation sequence which helps to relax the client and guide the therapist to any problem areas.

Most people can benefit from Reflexology; it can bring relief to a  wide variety of acute and chronic conditions and is suitable for all  ages, including children. Once the body has been rebalanced, regular  treatments can help to maintain health and general well-being.

On the whole, a Reflexology treatment is pleasant and soothing, it  relaxes and at the same time stimulates the body’s own healing  processes. However, each person responds to a treatment in a unique way  and on occasions may experience a variety of short term reactions, for  example, extreme relaxation, tiredness, lethargy or tearfulness.

Benefits and Effects

Reflexology does not claim to be a ‘cure-all’ but numerous disorders  have been successfully treated by this method. These disorders include  migraine, sinus problems, hormone imbalances, breathing disorders,  digestive problems, circulatory problems, back problems, tension and  stress. Most people who have experienced a treatment would agree that  the method can be most beneficial and is a very relaxing therapy.

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