Reflexology is a therapy that is performed by applying pressure with the thumb and other fingers on feet, hands and/or ears. It takes into consideration your body, mind and spirit. Reflexology works on the principle that feet mirror the whole body. By applying pressure to reflex points we stimulate a reaction on the corresponding part of the body.
Reflexology is a holistic treatment that helps stimulate the body's self-healing powers in a natural and safe way, helps unblock energy channels, breaks down cristaline residue that form on the nerve endings and has a very relaxing and balancing effect.
What does a treatment look like?
At the very first treatment a therapist will explain what reflexology is and how it works. A short consultation will establish if there there are any contra-indications or conditions that need to be taken into consideration.
The reflexology treatment is adapted to each client specifically and usually carried out on feet, although in some cases it can be done on hands.
After the treatment the therapist will give an advice on after-care. You may experience a healing crisis, especially after the second or third treatment, as your body will react to the treatment. Effects of Reflexology are cumulative and are usually seen after a few sessions, although even in a single session you can have an amazingly relaxing experience.
Home Treatment vs. visiting a clinic
You can have your treatment in the comfort of your home or workplace, or arrange to visit us in a therapy room. Each have their advantages and disadvantages.
After the treatment you may feel very relaxed, lightheaded and drowsy. At your home you can arrange your own setting, music, ambience, etc. If you snooze off during the session, the therapist will tuck you in and leave your home quietly. That is certainly one big advantage over having to get home from the clinic (we know how stressful traffic and public transport can be).
If you choose to visit a clinic or a therapy room a therapist will make sure that there is no disturbance from family members, the phone will not ring and nobody will knock on the door for an hour. But in the end you will still have to wake up and leave (be careful if driving immediately after the treatment).
Contra-indications will be established during the consultation. In some cases you or your therapist will have to ask your doctor's consent. In other cases the therapist will use more caution or treat your hands instead of feet.
The contra-indications are the following: early or problematic pregnancy (first 16 weeks), oedemas, swelling, thrombosis (DVT), phlebitis, varicose veins, heart conditions*, haemorrhage, high or low blood pressure*, infectious or contagious conditions, gangrene on legs or feet*, using medications, alcohol or drug abuse, scar tissues, after surgery operations, fluid retention*, osteoporosis*, mental problems*, epilepsy*, infections on feet*, diabetes, acute undiagnosed pain, undiagnosed conditions*, children*and elderly*, cancer*, HIV/AIDS, fevers, fractures/sprains*, arthritis*, after a large/heavy meal*...
*A special caution to be used in the treatment / doctor's consent needed / adapted treatment.
How do I prepare for reflexology treatment?
- do not eat heavy meals 2 hours before the treatment