A brief history
The Chinese are said to have used an early form of reflexology more than 5000 years ago in their use of pressure therapies. Egyptian tomb artwork also shows foot massage, indicating that working on the feet is an ancient practice, used in many cultures.
Modern reflexology was developed by Eunice D Ingham in the 1930s and is now a popular complementary therapy.
Can everyone enjoy reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for most adults but there are certain conditions where you should avoid reflexology. To ensure the continued well-being of clients, all treatments begin with a consultation, which enables your therapist to make sure the reflexology is right for you.
In some instances you doctor’s permission may be required before treatments can commence, for example, if you have diabetes. An individual confidential record card will be kept with any relevant notes for future treatments.
What happens during a reflexology treatment?
A reflexology treatment lasts for approximately an hour. As it’s just the feet that are being worked on, you remain fully clothed; simply removing shoes and socks.
You’ll be invited to relax on a treatment couch. Your feet will be cleansed at the start of the treatment and then a variety of reflexology techniques will be used, adapted to suit your individual needs.
Potential benefits of Reflexology:
Feelings of deep relaxation
Increased energy levels
The release of endorphins, the body’s feel good hormones (which can also provide pain relief)
More efficient removal of impurities and toxins
A stronger immune system
A sense that the whole body is better balanced, or in harmony
After your treatment
To gain maximum benefit from your reflexology treatment, try to rest afterwards – this helps your body’s natural healing process.
Drink plenty of water over the next few days – this helps flush away toxins.
Cut down on drinks containing caffeine.
Occasionally, reactions to treatment may occur, however these are mainly due to the toxins being released from the body, as the body is re-balancing and cleansing itself.
The following is a list of common reactions -
Feeling relaxed and a sense of well being.
Feeling drowsy or tired, yawning, eyes watering. If tired, go with the feeling and lie down for a rest.
Heightened emotions (high or low)
Increased or altered bowel movements, if digestive system has been stimulated.
Increase in the need to pass urine more often as the kidney flushes out toxins.
Runny nose, sneezing.
Sometimes you may find that you have a magnification of current symptoms –
Bad back may feel worse before benefits are felt.
Skin conditions/rashes may become worse before improving.
A feeling of nausea with stomach problems.
Cold like symptoms or a cough to clear respiratory problems.
Arthritic conditions may worsen before feeling easier.
These reactions, although uncomfortable, will only be temporary, as the body eliminates the toxins and will usually disappear within 24/48 hours, leaving you feeling refreshed and full of energy. With subsequent treatments, you will usually find that the reactions are milder. If you should suffer any severe reactions, contact your doctor and notify myself.