Reflexology is suitable for all ages and stages of life and can bring relief to a wide range of both acute and chronic conditions as well as working more preventatively in helping the body to maintain overall health and well-being. Specific conditions which are known to benefit from reflexology include:
More generally reflexology helps to:
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is the practice of treating reflex points and areas in the feet and hands that relate to corresponding parts of the body. Each organ and structure within the body is linked to the feet by energy channels or meridians. When our physical or emotional health is weakened or compromised by illness or stress, these channels become blocked or congested. Reflexology can be used very effectively to facilitate the free flow of energy and thus restore the body to its more natural state of health and well being.
By applying gentle pressure and using specific techniques and movements, reflexology can both identify and support the areas of the body which are in need of strengthening and healing. Although the feet are more usually treated, the hands may be equally effectively worked with.
Menopause and Reflexology
At menopause reflexology works by regulating the hormones and glandular functions of the body. It can help to alleviate the physical and emotional systems. By working with the hypothalamus and pituitary, reflexology can help to restore balance to the endocrine system. This in turn can alleviate menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes as well and anxiety.
By calming the central nervous system, sleep disturbances can also be alleviated and anxiety and stress levels reduced. By regulating calcium and phosphorous levels in the thyroid gland, bone loss can prevented. Reflexology also helps the ovaries to regulate their oestrogen secretions and the uterus to maintain its natural health and flexibility.
What can you expect from a treatment?
On your first visit the therapist will conduct a full consultation with you, taking into consideration your past and present health and lifestyle. This enables the treatment to be tailored to your specific needs. You will be invited to remove your socks and shoes and to lie on a comfortable treatment couch. During the session, which lasts approximately 40 min, the reflexologist will massage and apply gentle pressure to the feet, treating the whole body as well as paying specific attention to the organs and systems of the body in need of particular care. Individual experiences of the treatment may vary from a general sense of relaxation to sensations of tingling and warmth in parts of or throughout the body.
The effects of reflexology are cumulative and, depending on specific needs and symptoms, a course of 5-10 treatments is usually recommended, followed by a more general ‘maintenance’ session every 4-6 weeks.
Suzy brings her knowledge from Europe. She has a unique technique: working simultaneously on both feet.
Benefits of working simultaneously on both feet: