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Foot Reflexology

As 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.

Reflexology is often effective in providing the following benefits:

  • 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 muscle tension.
  • An overall energising effect.
  • Improved sleep patterns.
  • Pain relief.
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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:

Encyclopedia of Natural Healing by Anne Woodham and Dr David Peters

Holistic Therapy – A Practical Approach by Francesca Gould

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