What is Reflexology?

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Reflexology is also known as ‘Zone Therapy’.

Reflexology is a therapy that can be effectively used to help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase circulation and movement of lymph, helping you to detox and also helps to aid relaxation. It has proven to be very effective in the treatment of certain medical conditions in tandem with conventional treatment.

Is reflexology a foot massage?

Technically, no.

Reflexology is not massage as understood in the systematic and scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. Reflexology is the application of specific pressures to ‘reflex’ points in the hands and feet.
- Inge Dougans, The Art of Reflexology

The reflexologist works predominantly with the feet, and occasionally with the hands and ears, palpating and stimulating/tonifying/harmonising certain points, areas and meridians that correspond to and run through the main systems of the body. Massage moves may be incorporated into the treatment at certain times to ease the client.

How does it work?

In essence, it is believed that the feet represent a microcosm of the body and all of its systems.

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These systems e.g. the circulatory system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system, craniosacral system, and so on, can be aided through reflexology in many ways. Increased circulation can mean that, on a cellular level, the organs of your body receive a larger amount of oxygen and nutrients and rid themselves more easily of toxins and waste. Increased circulation can also aid respiration, allowing a person to breathe more deeply and thereby relax. Increased lymphatic flow means that the body can more quickly rid itself of these toxins.

The definition of ‘toxin’ is ‘…
A poisonous substance, especially one produced by a living organism. Toxins can be products or byproducts of ordinary metabolism, such as lactic acid, and they must be broken down or excreted before building up to dangerous levels.www.dictionary.com

When toxins build up in the body some of the results can be: impaired liver and kidney function, skin breakouts, headaches, dehydration, tiredness, aches and pains, lowered immune response. Toxins in the body can be caused by pollution, smoking, alcohol, junk foods, stress and environment.

In your first visit to a reflexologist they will conduct a full medical and lifestyle consultation with you so that they can adequately assess your needs as a complete individual. The reflexologist may be able to suggest certain lifestyle or dietary changes or refer you to a different type of therapist which will complement the reflexology session and put you on your path to wellness.

It should be noted that a reflexologist is not necessarily medically trained and their advice does not outweigh or interfere in any way with that of your medical professional.