FAQs - REFLEXOLOGY
WHAT IS IT?
Reflexology has been developed from ancient Chinese and Eygyption practises and in 20th century America was called ‘Zonal therapy’. It is based on the theory that the body is divided into x10 zones running longditudinally from head to toe - x5 on each side of the body.
More recently reflexology practitioners have begun to incorporate the acupressure techniques of traditional Chinese medicine (T.C.M). Working on specific points can bring about a therapeutic effect in other parts of the body.
Dr William H Fitzgerald an ear, nose and throat doctor introduced the concept of zone therapy in 1915 and American physiotherapist Eunice Ingham further developed this in 1930’s into what is known as reflexology today.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are ‘reflex’ areas in the hands and feet that correspond to specific organs, glands and other parts of the body. Certain areas of the hands and feet are linked to other areas and organs of the body, applying pressure to these areas can provide health in corresponding organs through energetic pathways.
A scientific explanation is that the pressure may send signals that balance the nervous system and release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce pain and stress.
WHAT WILL I FEEL?
Most people find it relaxing. If you find it painful or feel discomfort be sure to tell me so that I can work within your comfort zone. Some areas maybe tender or sore and I may spend extra time working on these points until the tenderness decreases.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT TO FOOT MASSAGE?
Foot massage uses oil or lotion to gently glide all over the foot whereas Reflexology is quite different as we apply pressure to certain points of the feet that correspond to certain organs to promote health in those parts of the body.
WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE REFLEXOLOGY?
• Stress and stress related conditions
• Tension headaches
• Digestive disorders
• Hormonal Imbalances
• Menstrual Disorders
• Fertility Issues
• Back ache
Reflexology is recommended as a complementary therapy and should not replace medical treatments.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL REFLEXOLOGY TREATMENT LIKE?
Prior to the appointment I will send you a pre-session questionnaire so that I can spend more time treating you during your appointment. A typical treatment is 60 minutes which begins with a run through of your questionnaire to give me an idea of your general health and lifestyle.
After removing your shoes and socks/tights you will be reclining in a chair of on a couch but will remain fully clothed. I will then assess your feet and start with some gentle warm-up massage. I will then start a sequence on each foot and stimulate various parts of the foot to identify areas of tension. I use paraben free natural products from Neal’s Yard.
During the session if it’s appropriate I will use some gentle guided meditation to help you fully relax.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTERWARDS?
Most people feel relaxed and calm after their treatments and sometimes sleepy.
Occasionally people feel nauseous, anxious or tearful but this is only temporary and is considered to be part of the healing process. It may be that a talk therapy would be more beneficial if necessary to help you manage any upset.
If you are pregnant then please let me know so that I can tailor my treatment accordingly dependant on how many weeks you are pregnant with a full history of any previous pregnancies.
You should only see a practitioner who has specific training in this field.
© Norah Jane Brasington 2014
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