HOW DOES THERAPEUTIC REFLEXOLOGY WORK?
According to acupuncture, there are 12 meridians that run the length of the body, as well as 2 special meridians, called vessels. The meridians and vessels make up the body’s energy system, which works to maintain the health of the organism, by maintaining a smooth flow of energy and creating harmony within the body.
The six main meridians (those that penetrate the major body organs) are represented in the feet. Knowledge of the meridians can help to pinpoint problem areas in the body. Reflexologists stimulate reflex points (and sections of meridians situated there) on the feet, and sometimes the hands, ears and other parts of the body, to unblock energy pathways that have become congested, causing illness and pain.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Reactions to reflexology treatments differ from person to person, but are generally pleasant, and give you a sense of calm, relaxation and rejuvenation. However since reflexology stimulates the body’s own healing power, it can be expected that the body will react, as it rids itself of toxins. The severity of reactions depends on how imbalanced the body was before treatment, but should never be too extreme.
Some examples of cleansing reactions include:
- Aggravated skin conditions such as pimples
- Increased mucous in the nose, mouth and chest
- Increased urination and flatulence
- Dizziness, nausea, headaches, fever, fatigue, depression
- Disrupted sleep patterns
- Temporary outbreak of a suppressed disease
Do not worry – these symptoms are a necessary part of the healing process and will pass!!
WHAT ELSE TO EXPECT
During treatment, there should preferably be no talking, as you need to relax and allow your body to respond to the treatment without distraction.
If at any stage you feel uncomfortable or unsure, do however feel free to communicate this with the reflexologist. S/he will pick up imbalances within your systems based on many signs, including your reactions to stimulation, so your communication will simply enhance his/her awareness which will help with the assessment, and to keep the session as comfortable for you as possible.
WHY DOES A REFLEX POINT HURT?
The feet are supplied with an abundance of nerve endings, and are thus very sensitive. They are also the end-point of circulation in the body, and blood must be circulated back up against the force of gravity. Congestion will impede this process, and thus toxins tend to concentrate in the feet. Grainy calcium crystal deposits, which cause the pain felt during treatment, may be felt in the nerve endings in the feet. They develop into acid crystals that impede normal blood circulation.
Reflexology treatment breaks these crystals down, allowing the residue to be removed by the blood circulation.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
The first treatment should take about one hour, including recording of your case history. Following treatments should take between 30 and 50 minutes.
The session cannot be too short or insufficient stimulation will be achieved. Too long a session may result in over-stimulation, which can cause discomfort.
A once-off treatment is not sufficient to correct problems that have been developing over years. A course should last between 8 and 12 sessions. Twice a week is preferable until there is some improvement after which time frequency can be reduced to once a week.
As long as the patient reacts positively, there is value in continuing treatment.
CAN THERAPEUTIC REFLEXOLOGY CURE OR HEAL ME?
A therapeutic reflexologist does not practice medicine, nor does s/he diagnose or prescribe medicine. A therapeutic reflexology assessment simply determines which parts of the body are out of balance, and the therapeutic reflexologist treats the patient accordingly, to restore harmony and energy flow.
Therapeutic reflexology can be used as a prevention technique. This can be either after a course of treatment, to prevent re-emergence of a problem or simply to maintain the body in a balanced state preventing any imbalances causing problems. Session intervals in this case will vary, sometimes between weeks and months.
Therapeutic reflexology is beneficial for anybody, at any age.
AURICULOTHERAPY - (EAR REFLEXOLOGY)
Auriculotherapy makes use of pressure points in the ears to produce a similar effect to that achieved through reflexology. It is especially useful for muscle spasm and pain relief.
Foot mobilisation helps to relieve structural misalignments and is useful for sports injuries and the like.