What is a Reflexology Massage?
Reflexology massages are a non-intrusive treatment that works in a similar way to acupuncture. It involves applying pressure to reflex zones on the outer body, which stimulates nerves inside to help heal internal health problems naturally.
Doctors have found that 75% of the body’s health issues can be traced to stress and tension. Reflexology massages work as preventative maintenance insofar as improving blood flow, unlocking nerve impulses, and relaxing the mind and body.
How does a Reflexology Massage work?
Reflexology is a holistic wellness treatment that originated in Chinese and Eastern traditions. It is based on the belief that certain areas across the body are connected, and by targeting those areas, the body can naturally heal itself. It is aimed at working alongside standard medical care to promote optimal health.
It works through the body’s longitudinal zones located in the hands, feet, and head. Pressure is applied to the endpoints on the fingers, toes, and ears to send nerve impulses throughout the body to create reflexes that target correlating organs, bones, and body systems.
What does a Reflexology Massage treat?
Reflexology is used to treat many of the same symptoms that acupuncture is used to treat, including anxiety, headaches, hormone imbalances, and digestive problems. Please keep in mind that reflexology should not be used as an alternative to medical advice.
What Can You Expect From Your Reflexology Massage Treatment?
Reflexology massages are safe and suitable for most adults, including pregnant women. We will conduct an initial consultation to ensure that it is safe and appropriate to carry out the treatment.
In some cases, reflexology may not be advised, for example, in patients with foot injuries such as fractures, burns or unhealed wounds, active gout in the foot or gangrene of the leg, or deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us to discuss your health condition with one of our experts. In some cases, we may request your doctor’s permission before starting treatment, for example, for patients with osteoarthritis that impedes the mobility of the foot or ankle or those with vascular disease of the legs or feet.
During Your Treatment:
After an initial consultation, your reflexologist plans the session according to your symptoms. In reflexology massages, the patient is fully clothed and positioned in a reclined sitting position or lying down. You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks and then sit or lie comfortably on the treatment table, and then your reflexologist will warm up your feet.
Precise pressure will be applied to specific areas of the feet that correspond to certain areas of the body. You may wish to close your eyes and relax or converse with your therapist; it is entirely up to you. The session will last for an hour, and you should leave feeling instantly relaxed and soothed.
Your therapist will work their way up your body, targeting several areas across your lower legs, hands, and ears with varying pressures. You may find that certain are more tender than others, however, reflexology should not be painful. You will be asked if you would like more or less pressure, but it is important that if you experience any discomfort, you let your therapist know.
After Your Treatment:
As with any treatment, we advise that you keep hydrated and avoid alcohol and caffeine for 24 hours after your reflexology massage. All massages encourage the body to expel toxins, and therefore, you will want to rehydrate to experience the maximum benefit from your treatment.
The body’s response to treatments varies, whilst most people experience relaxation after a reflexology massage, others feel energised. Some patients may feel aches and quite tired after the session, but these symptoms are normal and should pass within 24 hours.
Similarly, some patients will feel a more immediate improvement in their symptoms, whilst for others, it may take longer to notice improvements. Consistency is key to achieving the best results and better health. After the treatment, your therapist may give you a self-care plan or recommend a follow-up appointment if needed.
Arrange Your Reflexology Massage
A reflexology massage is an instantly relaxing and soothing therapy that benefits anyone who suffers from stress and anxiety. If this is a treatment that you are interested in trying, allow our experienced therapists to introduce you to the world of reflexology.
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