How can Reflexology help me?

Reflexology improves blood circulation, thereby restoring energy by allowing oxygen and nutrients to reach the cells of the body. It also improves lymphatic drainage (the body’s waste disposal system) for elimination of toxins.

Reflexology allows all the body’s systems to work at a better level of efficiency. As all these systems are interdependent on one another, a state of balance is achieved. When the body is working more efficiently, areas of congestion and sluggishness are cleared.

By releasing congestion and improving energy levels, many painful conditions are relieved and improved. These could be affecting any system of the body:

Stress is something which affects most of us in our everyday lives. Stress can be defined as the body’s reaction to certain triggers; this could be stress at work, at home or caused by a debilitating illness. People react to stress in different ways; some people are aware of being stressed and may feel certain symptoms such as headaches, aching neck or shoulders, indigestion, heartburn, stress related digestive disorders, sleeplessness, irritability etc – the list is endless. However, other individuals may not be aware that they are stressed, but the stress may manifest in other ways. For example, skin outbreaks, rashes, tense jaw, teeth grinding during sleep, etc. All of the above areas would be treated during a Reflexology session, but in addition, certain reflexes specifically for stress would be worked on. The client may be helped to manage stress better, thereby alleviating many of the associated symptoms.

Pain in any part of the muscular-skeletal system: Whatever the cause of this, be it injury, wear and tear, strain, disease, occupational or posture-related, pain is often reduced or relieved by Reflexology. Treatments are tailored to suit the individual’s needs, so focus is given to reflexes relating to problem areas, for example spine, knee etc.

There are also so-called back-up reflexes which can be worked upon to enhance treatment effectiveness; to reduce inflammation and relax the person so that the pain is less severe and more manageable.

Migraines and headaches are suffered by a great number of people. Part of the treatment entails trying to pinpoint the possible causes of such a problem. The reflexes worked on would not only be the site of the pain, but also those reflexes relating to the possible cause.

Digestive disorders; in my experience, stress related digestive disorders are very common. Treatment would focus on the whole digestive system, particularly the colon and also the stress reflexes and those used for pain relief. Diet and lifestyle would be looked at so that if there was anything the patient could do to help the recovery process they would be encouraged to do so. Other digestive disorders such as heartburn or acid indigestion would be treated and progress monitored from one treatment to another. If there is no improvement after 4 treatments, I would recommend the person to see their doctor. The same goes for constipation. People often respond well to this problem when receiving Reflexology treatments. However, the underlying causes need to be looked at and medical advice sought if treatment brings no relief.

Menstrual problems , PMS and menopause symptoms are suffered by many women to varying degrees of severity. Reflexology calms symptoms by reducing bloating, relieving pain, and calming the person suffering from irritability, mood swings and hot flushes.

Sleep problems, whether the cause is known or not, often respond well to Reflexology. Relaxation is primarily worked upon, and also specific reflexes relating to sleep patterns. Diet and lifestyle are discussed as these often play a major role in assisting to correct the problem.

Emotions; it must also be mentioned that Reflexology works on the emotional as well as the physical side of a person. Sometimes emotional tension may be released and the client may be helped with depression and anxiety. Emotional trauma such as bereavement can have a detrimental effect on one’s health. If the individual is more relaxed, these symptoms may be managed more easily.

By now it will be obvious that Reflexology does not just treat the condition or the symptoms. It treats the whole individual and as such, is a holistic treatment. For example, someone who once came for treatment because of back pain found that after treatments he was much calmer, more even tempered and was sleeping better.

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