What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a popular and relaxing treatment based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops and sides of feet correspond to areas throughout the body. In this way the feet can be seen as a map of the body
Practitioners work on reflex points using specialised techniques thought to help correct imbalances throughout the body.
What are the benefits of reflexology?
- Relief from stress, anxiety and tension
- Feelings of deep relaxation
- Improved mood
- Improved sleep
- A general sense of health and well-being
What happens during a treatment?
To ensure your continued well-being, all treatments begin with a full confidential consultation which enables your therapist to ensure reflexology is right for you and to prepare a suitable treatment plan. It also gives you a chance to ask any questions. You will be asked to remove any footwear and then recline on a treatment couch where you will be covered with towels or a blanket for your comfort and warmth. Your feet will be cleansed prior to the treatment and then, following an introductory foot massage, a variety of reflex techniques will be used, adapted to your individual needs. Most people find the treatment extremely relaxing, with many falling asleep during the session.
To further enhance the therapeutic benefits of reflexology and depending upon the presenting concerns of the client, it may be recommended that the treatment is combined with aromatherapy – for example using a bespoke cream and essential oil blend for the end of session foot massage, or with a leg massage (after assessing suitability).
How long is a session?
At Yorkshire Body Clinic we offer 30, 45 or 60 minute appointments for reflexology, however please allow an additional 15 minutes extra for your free, full consultation at your first appointment.
How many treatments will I need?
No two people or treatments will be the same and it depends on whether the treatment is for remedial purposes to address specific concerns, or as part of a health maintenance and/or stress relief programme. For remedial purposes an initial course would generally be recommended whilst a session every month to six weeks should be sufficient for non remedial purposes. Your therapist will discuss a treatment plan with you in consultation and review it at each subsequent session.
How will I feel after reflexology?
As reflexology promotes the body’s own healing mechanisms some type of response is generally expected. For most people this will be a sensation of well-being and feeling extremely relaxed, energised or rejuvenated after the session. Again however, everybody is different and some people may experience other responses such as feeling cold or emotional or nauseous. These are also signs that the healing process has begun and will usually dissipate within 24 – 48 hours.
Your therapist will have based and adapted your treatment on information provided in consultation and it is recommended that you drink plenty of water the day of treatment and the previous and following day to minimise the chance of more uncomfortable responses.
Can everyone enjoy reflexology?
This therapy is suitable for most adults but there are certain conditions where reflexology should be avoided or your doctor’s consent may be required before treatments can commence, for example if you have diabetes. If you are unsure whether this will apply to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.