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What is Reflexology?


Reflexology is a lovely calming and relaxing complementary therapy in which a therapist used thumb and finger pressure (known as thumb/finger walking) to apply comfortable pressure to the clients feet. Reflexology is a holistic/complimentary therapy  which means it aims to treat the whole person to provide physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It is a natural, non-invasive and drug free therapy which may be used alongside traditional medical care to support client health.


It is based on the principle that different areas on the feet (known as reflex points) correspond via the nervous system to different parts of the body. Reflexologists believe the feet are "mini-maps" of the body with each organ, gland, and structure having a reflex area on the foot. In fact your feet are very special with around 7000 nerve endings making them very sensitive! It is thought that calcium or uric acid deposits under the skin or tender areas on the feet are mirrored to imbalances in the corresponding part of the body. During a reflexology treatment, thumb and finger pressure is applied to these reflex points stimulating the release of any blockages. After your reflexology treatment, you will usually feel a sense of calm and relaxation with any prior tension lifted. This in turn will improve the blood and lymph circulation aiding the body in detoxifing more efficiently. By unblocking any imbalances, reflexology helps the body to return to balance (homeostasis) naturally and encourage self healing.


Benefits of Reflexology.


Stress reduction.


When we are stressed out body defences break down and we are then more susceptible to illness and disease. Reflexology can significantly reduce stress, illness and disease. Reflexology helps to reduce stress by generating a deep state of relaxation, so helping the body to rebalance itself and allowing healing energy to flow.


Improves circulation.


Blood needs to flow freely through the body, helping to carry oxygen and nutrients to all the cells of the body. It helps to remove waste products such as toxins. By reducing stress and tension, Reflexology helps the cardiovascular system to improve the flow of blood naturally and easily.


Stimulates nerve function.


By stimulating more than 7000 nerves in the feet reflexology encourages the clearing of neural pathways. It interrupts pain pathways and helps reduce pain.


Improved immune system.


Relexology stimulates the lymphatic system and helps reduce the risk of infection. It cleanses the body of toxins and impurities and also stimulates the production of endorphins. Leading to an improved immune system and helps bring on a feeling of wellbeing.


Increased energy.


Reflexology revitalises energy throughout the body by relaxing and opening up energy pathways.