What is reflexology?
Reflexology has been used for centuries and works along holistic principles aiming to treat your mind, body and spirit. Reflexologists believe that points on the feet and hands relate to corresponding parts of the body. Essentially, it is a specialised form of massage, in which varying degrees of pressure are applied to the feet, and sometimes the hands, in order to produce beneficial effects in other parts of the body.
How does reflexology work?
Reflexologists believe that the feet mirror the body. All organs, systems and glands of the body can be mapped onto areas of the feet called reflex points. Reflexologists use a combination of therapeutic massage and specific reflexology pressure techniques to work these reflex points and bring about a response in a corresponding organ of the body. This releases your body’s natural healing ability to help restore health.
Stimulating reflex points is understood to work on energy pathways similar to those used in acupuncture. Clients may feel tenderness in a specific area of the body, indicating that a corresponding area of the body may be out of balance. Therapists work on the basis that unblocking energy pathways helps the body return to a healthy state of balance and self-repair.
What does reflexology involve?
On your first visit to the Neroli Clinic for reflexology therapy, Jane will assess the nature and extent of your problems and ask some questions about your general health and lifestyle.
She will ask you to lie down and will massage your feet gently with oil, applying specific reflexology pressure and holding techniques to energise, balance or sedate systems as required.
Reflexology sessions take approximately 60 minutes. The number of sessions suggested will depend on the nature and complexity of the problem and the speed of your recovery. We will assess your progress on a session by session basis and make that decision together.
Why choose reflexology?
Reflexology therapy is designed to make us feel better; to re-establish a sense of well-being and can bring immense benefits to all people of all ages. It is a safe treatment that can be used to help a wide range of health problems, either in its own right or as a complement to traditional medical treatment methods.
Reflexology is used in many hospital settings such as assisted reproduction units, maternity, and cancer care units, where the benefits are measurable, and clinical research is building support for its impact on alleviating stress and anxiety, treating chronic headaches and migraines, and improving feelings of well-being.
Jane has attended specialist post-graduate maternity reflexology training.
For more information visit the Association of Reflexologists website.