Reflexology is a complementary therapy treating the body as a whole, helping to balance the body and bring it back to its natural state of health. Applying gentle pressure to specific points on the feet helps stimulate the body’s own healing mechanism.
Reflexology works on the principle of restoring and maintaining the body's natural equilibrium and encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance or in holistic terms - homeostasis.
Excessive stress disrupts the balance of the body, and builds up until it eventually expresses itself in the form of illness, discomfort or disorder. Reflexology may help to alleviate the effects of stress by inducing deep relaxation, assisting the body to regain its natural balance and encouraging the normal function of the nervous system. Reflexology may also help to improve circulation and stimulates the body.
Please remember that you do not have to have a 'condition' to have Reflexology, it is very relaxing and enjoyable in its own right and most people find it very uplifting.
Here is a list of some conditions that Reflexology may be effective for:
We know that the early Chinese, Indians and Egyptians worked on the feet to promote good health. Today many of the same techniques have been incorporated into a modern scientific method called Reflexology.
During your pregnancy your body will go through significant changes; these changes will affect the emotional, hormonal and physiological balance of your body. Reflexology may help to alleviate or prevent discomfort arising from this imbalance and restore the body’s equilibrium.
Maternity Reflexology may help with:-
Relief of stress and anxiety
Increased energy levels
Ease physiological discomforts
Nausea and vomiting
High blood pressure
Oedema (swelling, mainly of feet and ankles)
Ligament and groin pain
Symphysis pubis dysfunction
Insomnia and sleep problems
Preparation for labour
Reflexology is safe and effective during pregnancy. It is, however, not recommended if there is a history of premature labour, severe hypertension, placenta previa or recent bleeding. If you suspect any problems in your pregnancy it is important to contact your doctor or midwife