Is Reflexology New?
No. Like most complementary Therapies Reflexology has its roots in the ancient civilizations -Egypt, China, Primitive Africa and the native Indian tribes of America.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is now a precisely defined form of treatment based on the principle that the Anatomy of the body is reflected in miniature on reflex zones on the feet and also on the hands (although a little less defined). By using specific techniques of holds and pressure on these regions healing is both initiated and accelerated in the corresponding area of the body. One of the wonders of Reflexology is that it can bring about the same sensations of relaxation and restfulness that a full body massage can produce and therefore it can be most useful in the treatment of stress.
How long should each treatment take?
The initial treatment takes approximately 90 minutes and this allows time for consultation and case history discussion. Thereafter the treatment takes between 40 and 45 minutes although you should allow one hour, which gives you and the therapist time to review progress.
What happens during a Reflexology treatment?
At your first appointment you will be asked questions about your health and lifestyle. This is an important aspect of treatment as it is beneficial for the therapist to have an understanding of all factors that may be affecting your health including how you are feeling physically and emotionally.
The professional therapist does not rely on external aids. Only the hands are used.
Treatment takes place with you sitting in a semi-reclined position on a professional couch or chair. You will be asked to remove only your shoes and socks and your feet will then be wiped over with a refreshing solution. The therapist will then examine your feet before commencing a relaxing foot massage and beginning the treatment. This involves the therapist applying a specific pressure all over the foot/reflex points, increasing or decreasing according to findings. The treatment will conclude with a short relaxing foot massage.
Should Reflexology hurt?
No. Reflexology should not be a painful or unpleasant experience although for some people, depending on the reason for the visit, it can be a little uncomfortable at times. The therapist will tailor the treatment to suit your needs.
How many treatments will I need?
This varies from person to person, often some effects are felt after just one treatment but a series of treatments may be needed to make a significant change in the condition. Typically a client may choose to visit weekly until a consistent improvement is recorded, progressing to fortnightly and then monthly intervals. After a course of treatments is over you may choose to come regularly to maintain health.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM REFLEXOLOGY?
Most people can benefit from a Reflexology treatment; there is no minimum or maximum age limit. Conditions that can benefit from Reflexology are limitless and can include:
➢ Aches and Pains
➢ Digestive Disorders
➢ Fertility Problems
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For further information about Reflexology www.intfedreflexologist.org