Reflexology is a type of massage often used in conjunction with acupuncture treatments. It involves the application of varying pressure to the ears, feet and hands and much like acupuncture, the theory of reflexology is heavily influenced by traditional Chinese medicine.
It is therefore the belief of reflexologists that these specific body parts are connected to corresponding organs and systems in the body. When each area of the body is touched, energy (qi) is able to flow through the body until it reaches the corresponding area which requires healing.
What are the benefits?
As such, it is the belief of many that reflexology, like other traditional Chinese medical practices, has a range of health benefits for both the mind and body. Often patients use reflexology to help in the reduction of stress and anxiety, increase feelings of relaxation as well as reducing any pain in the body.
In more recent years, studies have been carried out to help support claims of ways in which reflexology can heal and aid in the body’s overall wellbeing. Whilst it is still not widely recognised by
global health organisations, many patients treated using reflexology techniques have also reported improvements in a wide range of ailments such as; improving digestion, increasing fertility, rectifying hormonal imbalances, reducing back pain, clearing up sinus related issues, boosting the immune system, reducing cancer symptoms, easing arthritis and more.
How Safe is Reflexology?
Reflexology, like other TCM treatments is very safe and for many acts as a safer alternative to traditional western medications and treatments. It is often used as a complementary treatment alongside acupuncture or if the patient is taking specific medications for a condition.
It is a non-invasive and relatively comfortable treatment that even those with serious health conditions can use. Any conditions that may impact the treatment will be addressed prior to any
treatment taking place with your chosen reflexologist. These conditions mainly consist of foot ulcers, open wounds, feet fungal infections, issues with blood clots, circulation and inflammation in the legs and feet may also cause issues. Each of these mainly pertain to the key areas where the massage would take place i.e. feet and are only causes for concern due to the spread of infection or risking further issues with your lower body.
Those who are pregnant are always advised to tell their reflexologist before receiving any treatment- something that is always advisable with all TCM treatments. Acupressure points in the feet and
hands are known to induce contractions and are therefore avoided by your reflexologist in this instance.
As with any treatments there are some very mild side effects such as having tender feet, feeling dizzy or lightheaded as well as feeling emotionally overwhelmed. These side effects are only temporary and will stop shortly after the treatment has ended.
Reflexology is a natural branch within Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been shown to aid the body in recovering from mental and physical ailments. If you feel that you could benefit from the healing of reflexology then please call us on 08000517688 to find out more about how our treatment could help you.