What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive therapy embracing the whole concept of holistic treatment. 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, a reflexologist will stimulate the nerve endings to send messages along the nerve pathways to the various organs and the body. Reflexologists approved by the Reflexology Association of Canada use specific techniques and pathways to ensure the entire foot is covered.
Simply, your Reflexologist presses with various pressure, thumbs, fingers and knuckles on the zones on your foot in a specific way, similarly to acupressure.
This helps to balance the energies within the body. We treat an existing imbalance in the energy of the body, treating the whole body in a gentle, non-invasive manner which has no adverse side effects. We encourage the body to heal itself.
Reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation, and helps the body to normalize itself naturally.
Under a professional reflexologists care, each session takes about an hour to complete, where you relax in comfort.
How Does It Help?
Stress can cause disease. By decreasing stress, reflexology aims to improve health. Typically, a reflexology session provides relaxation and alleviates tension. The body's circulation is improved and its condition is normalized naturally without the client suffering any adverse effects. Reflexologists do not diagnose, prescribe or treat for specific conditions. Reflexology treats the body as a whole, working and balancing all the systems as one integrated organism.
What Happens During a Session?
Prior to the first actual treatment, a client's medical history is first discussed. The feet are then cleaned, thoroughly inspected for any common foot problems or pathogens, and warmed up using a variety of gentle manipulation techniques. The treatment begins by the reflexologist "walking" with his/her thumbs and fingers, along the bottom (plantar), top (dorsal), and sides (medial and lateral) of the feet, applying pressure to specific areas or reflex points. Depending on the needs of the client, a reflexologist will vary the amount of pressure on the different areas of the foot, hand or ear. For a gentle and soothing finish, foot cream is massaged into the feet or hands at the end of the reflexology treatment. The entire treatment requires approximately an hour.
Who Can Receive Reflexology?
Reflexology is completely safe for most people, with very few contraindications. The basic technique and length of the session may vary, depending on the age and the physical condition of the client. Reflexology is safe and drug-free, so any person can begin reflexology treatments as soon as they wish.
How Should I Prepare For My Treatment?
If it is your first session with me, prepare to arrive 15 minutes early, as there are health forms to fill out. Have your feet as clean as possible (which I understand can be a challenge if you are coming on lunch break or half way through the day - not to worry, I also clean your feet with witch hazel before your session.) Also, be sure to have your nails clipped. Wear comfortably fitting clothing so your whole body will be able to relax.
Also, be aware that in my Midland location, my work space is up a flight of stairs. If this is a problem due to mobility, please contact me for possible alternate arrangements.
How Will I Feel After Reflexology?
After the first treatment or two, your body may respond in a very definite way. You will most likely have a feeling of well-being and relaxation. However, you can experience:
- Mild lethargy, or
- A burst of energy.
- Healing Crisis. (Emotional or physical release of tension.)
- Deep and satisfying sleep
- Reduced or no pain from ailments
- Better digestion
- Relief from constipation, breathing issues (asthma), illness
- Sweating, thirst
- Improved circulation
- Relief from chronic or acute illness