What Are The Benefits Of Reflexology?
Reflexology benefits are holistic – body, mind, and spirit all benefit. Reflexology is an excellent complement to traditional medical care. Reflexology is gaining more visibility and acceptance in medical settings. * Relaxation * Improves circulation * Normalizes gland functions * Remove toxins from the body * Pain management * Strengthens immune system * Revitalizes energy * Promotes restful sleep * Promotes overall well being * Provides nurturing touch
How Does Reflexology Work?
The healing art of Reflexology works from the inside out to restore wholeness to the body. Reflexology is believed to work on many levels. Among the theories are: * Nerve Impulses – Parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. Reflexology works through the nerve endings to relax and calm the body. Manual pressure applied to the feet or hands stimulate the nerve endings through the neural pathways to the central nervous system and back. * TCM Meridian Theory (Chi or Ki) – energy pathways are stimulated during Reflexology, helping to clear blockages along these channels. * Gate Control and Endorphin release – for pain management. * The intrinsic need for nurturing human touch – to give a sense of overall well-being and improve the quality of life. Is Reflexology Safe –
Who Can Use It?
The beauty of Reflexology is that it is safe for just about anyone. Young and old can benefit. It is important that you seek the services of a qualified practitioner. Your practitioner will take a brief health history upon your first visit, discuss your health goals, and suggest a plan of therapy. Generally, a full session lasts about 1 hour. For very young, elderly, those in frail health, the sessions are shorter and a lighter touch is used. There are some contraindications where Reflexology should not be considered, or to be used with extreme caution – among those are: * Infections of the foot or contagous illness. * Deep Vein Thrombosis, Severe Edema. * High-Risk pregnancy or history of miscarriage. * Trauma to the feet (broken bones, open sores or wounds, osteoporosis). * Any serious health condition – consult your physician. * Error on the side of caution, if not sure.
At all sessions,
clients will be asked to remove socks and shoes. The feet and/or hands will be cleansed with either hand wipes or in a warm bath. Other than the removal of socks and shoes, the client is fully dressed. The client lies on a massage table or sits in an anti-gravity chair for the session. The Reflexology treatment consists of medium thumb and finger pressure applied to feet or/and hand. Powder and/or lotion may be used during the session. Please let the Reflexologist know if you have any allergies.
What will I feel during a Reflexology session?
Many people find reflexology sessions, for the most part, very relaxing. It is not uncommon for clients to fall asleep. Some clients will begin to perspire due to toxins being released from the body. The pressure that is applied is firm, but not painful. If there are painful points on the hands/feet, these are signs of energy blocks at the
corresponding body point. The Reflexologist will continue to work the tender spots until energy blocks are released. At any time if the pressure is uncomfortable, let the Reflexologist know and the pressure will be reduced. For people who have ticklish feet, no need to worry, the pressure is a firm touch
How will I feel after a Reflexology session? Directly after a session, clients may feel very rested and in a relaxed state of mind. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure that she or he is fully alert before proceeding to drive a car.
How many Reflexology sessions will I need before I see results?
Clients may see results after one or two sessions. For maximum results, it is suggested that clients have one session per week for four to five consecutive weeks. At the end of of fourth session we will evaluate for health improvement. Upon health improvement, sessions will be spaced to every other week then every 3 weeks, then every 4-6 weeks for maintenance.
Why should I commit to a maintenance plan?
Like all good things we need to continue with good practices, just like exercising, brushing your teeth, and watching your diet. By maintaining your energy healing program most clients notice a feeling of balance, catching fewer colds or flus, less stress and anxious, have the ability to move toxins with little or no effort, sleep better, and a lot more.
* Refrain from eating a large meal an hour or so before your session.
* Drink more water after your massage session to assist your body in natural detoxifying ability