Reflexology is a relaxing touch therapy that can promote better health and wellbeing throughout your body. Reflexologists work with your hands and feet, applying touch and pressure to reflex points and stimulating your body’s natural healing abilities. Reflexology is based on the theory that the body’s structures and organs are mapped in the feet and hands at specific reflex points.
Through relaxing the body and mind, reflexology can help with sleep disruption, improving mood and energy levels and relief from muscular tension within the body. It can also provide specific support for women during the menopause and throughout pregnancy. There is evidence that this therapeutic practice has its origins as far back as 4000BC. It was originally used in China, Egypt and India.
How can reflexology help me?
People choose reflexology treatment for different reasons. Some of the most common consultations reflexologists have include; back complaints, chronic pain, digestive disturbance, hormonal imbalances, sinus discomfort, stress and tension related conditions and therapeutic assistance with pregnancy and fertility. If you feel that your body has become out of balance, maybe due to illness, stress or an unhealthy lifestyle, reflexology can help restore your body’s natural equilibrium and promote healing. By assisting circulation and strengthening your immune system, reflexology has also been successful for many at shortening recovery time after an illness.
What conditions can it help with?
- Chronic pain
- Back complaints
- Digestive disturbances
- Hormonal imbalances (including PMS and menopausal symptoms)
- Sinus discomfort
- Stress and tension related conditions
- Pregnancy and Fertility
How can it help with the menopause?
Reflexology offers a natural way to regulate your body. It can be very effective in relieving some of the most common menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, night sweats, sleep disruption and feelings of anxiety and low mood. It is also completely safe to use alongside HRT.
What can I expect in a reflexology session?
During your first appointment before treatment begins a detailed consultation form will be completed assessing your health and current lifestyle. This will help develop an individual treatment plan and again a thorough understanding of the factors affecting your well-being.
For the reflexology treatment, you will be reclined on a comfortable couch. Thumb and finger pressure is applied to reflex points of the feet and hands, helping to stimulate or sedate any areas of imbalance. The treatment is peaceful and soothing. Many clients fall asleep or drift into a deeply relaxed state during their reflexology treatment.
Reflexology is suitable for adults and children of all ages. It can complement ongoing medical care (sometimes consent is needed from your healthcare provider).
How many sessions will I need?
The course of treatments will vary in number and frequency, depending on your individual requirements.
How much does it cost?
A 60-minute session with Nicci Morris costs £50
You can find out more on the art of reflexology by visiting Association of Reflexologists.
Contact the Alma Vale Centre to book an appointment.