Reflexology is a non intrusive complementary health therapy. A reflexologist works on points on the feet, lower legs or hands. The art of reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt, India and China, but wasn't introduced to the western world until 1913. It was believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body.
Reflexology is a therapy that can be received by anyone at any age, from new born babies to end of life care, and everyone in between. However, there may be times when it is not suitable to provide a treatment.
Reflexology is a very easy treatment to receive. the most clothing that will have to be removed will be socks and shoes. A full medical history will be requested and you will be asked to sign a consent form. This information will be kept confidential. The therapist will then apply pressure to the hands and feet and lower legs. you may feel areas discomfort during the treatment but generally the experience should be relaxing. The therapist may recommend a course of treatments.
Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. It is a very individual treatment which works with you holistically, so it is not possible to know in advance how you will react. The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually, you might feel relaxed or tension might be reduced after a treatment. You may sleep better and notice a feeling of improved mood and general wellbeing. you might also find that other aspects improve too but this happens on a very individual basis. There has been some positive research projects carried out on reflexology, but not enough for us to make a clinical claim of effectiveness.
Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice