What is traditional reflexology?
Traditional reflexology involves using the thumbs and fingers to apply varied and alternating pressure to reflexes in the feet. When pressure is applied using specific techniques, stress and anxiety are reduced, circulation and sleep are improved and relief may be provided for people suffering from various ailments and conditions such as headaches, depression, muscular pain and hormonal imbalances.
Ultimately, the aim of a traditional reflexology treatment is to give the body the conditions it needs to rebalance itself and to encourage the body’s own natural healing process, which all promotes general well-being.
The traditional reflexology I offer is bespoke to each client and incorporates advanced reflexology techniques together with more traditional ways to stimulate and work the reflexes. Each treatment will be tailored depending on the presenting condition at the time and the specific needs of the client, but it will always have the same objective which is to improve your overall well-being.
What happens in a traditional reflexology treatment?
If you have never had the pleasure of a reflexology treatment you may be a little unsure of what to expect. However, the details here should have you excited and looking forward to the treatment.
At the beginning of the initial treatment a health and lifestyle consultation will be undertaken. This will provide details of your medical history, any past or presenting conditions and will also highlight any contraindications. All information in the consultation will remain confidential.
During the session, you will be lying comfortably on a therapy table and will remain fully clothed throughout, except for removing your shoes and socks or tights. The treatment begins with some gentle relaxation techniques to ensure you are as relaxed as possible at the start of the session. Firm but gentle pressure will then be applied with the thumbs and fingers to specific points and reflex areas on the feet.
Whilst the treatment is undoubtedly extremely relaxing, some reflexes may be tender or painful when stimulated. A tender reflex does not necessarily mean that there is a corresponding problem in the body; in fact it can indicate that there is enough strength in the body. After the treatment clients report a feeling of deep relaxation and overall sense of wellbeing.
What to expect after a traditional reflexology treatment
A day or so after a treatment some clients may experience what is termed a “healing response”. Toxins accumulate in tissue throughout the body, but by stimulating the reflexes on the feet they can be dislodged from the tissues and released into the bloodstream to be eliminated by the body. This sudden release of toxins can produce symptoms of illness such as headaches, fatigue and digestive problems. However, this should only last a couple of days and is the body cleansing itself.