Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. By applying specific pressure using thumb, finger and hand techniques, reflexology reduces tension, improves circulation and promotes the natural functioning of the related areas of the body. The reflexologist stimulates the nervous system to do the work of balancing and releasing the body.
During a treatment the patient is relaxing in a comfortable position while the reflexologist works on the feet. The patient is fully clothed but may be requested to remove all footwear. The reflexology treatment lasts between 45-60 minutes. The reflexology treatment begins on the right side, all reflex points on both sides are stimulated as the body is considered to be a whole unit. By working all of the reflex points, the reflexologist addresses internal organs and glands as well as muscle groups, bones, nerve plexus (solar plexus, brachial plexus) and nerves (sciatic) during a session. Reflexology is safe for everyone, although pressure and length of treatment may vary for infants and those with serious illness or compromised immune systems.
The number of treatments varies and is determined by the client's health, reasons for seeking reflexology and effectiveness of treatment. In general, results from reflexology are often subtle and cumulative. Thus, you are more likely to experience greater benefits from regular treatments on a maintenance schedule. Initially, more frequent treatments may be recommended to promote effectiveness. Discuss your options with the reflexologist to set up an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wellness goals.