Benefits of reflexology
Reflexology has many benefits from being a relaxing treatment to working a specific area to pin-point any blockages within the body.
As a reflexologist I prefer to work on a client as a blank canvas…not knowing their ailments as I prefer to find out for myself what is going on within their body. This can be from finding they have digestion issues or earache to backache as well as lots more.
I think it is best to work in a relaxing setting away from the busy outside world. In my studio I like the lighting to be calm and relaxing music to be playing, to have essential oils burning so all senses on the body are fully relaxing therefore the client is able to switch off and enjoy their treatment. I find that if I or the client are distracted the client doesn’t get the full benefit of the reflexology.
How does a reflexologist find out what’s going on in my body?
Not quite…. A reflexologist can pin-point specific areas where there are blockages within the body. This is done through applying pressure on the feet and feeling for ‘bubbles’. The reflexologist will then massage the area of the feet using thumb walking or a technique known as hook-up where they have detected the blockage and apply pressure and massage to release the tension, asking questions to the client to determine the reason for the blockage. For example; This could be ‘bubbles’ in the clients’ big toe which relates to the mind, anxiety and over thinking. This is then linked to the heart/chest area where we carry our emotions. A reflexologist can not diagnose and therefore if you are worried with what is found it is advised to seek a doctor.
As a reflexologist it is important that the client feels relaxed to get the full benefit of the treatment. It is often the case that during the first treatment the client is inquisitive and holds their feet tense. Therefore, I always recommend if a client wanted to come for another treatment not to leave it too long between treatments, so the mind and feet remember what happens during the therapy. This enables the reflexologist to work the systems of the body better through the feet as they are more relaxed and in return the treatment is more effective.
What should I do if a reflexologist finds a blockage?
If a reflexologist finds a blockage in your body don’t be alarmed. This just means that there is added stress on that area. As a reflexologist I will chat with the client to look for the reason for the stress bubble found in the feet and if concerned I would suggest if the problem carries on or they are worried to go and see a doctor.
What can reflexology help with?
Reflexology supports the whole body encouraging energy to flow better within all the systems. Reflexology can help with:
- stress reduction
- improve circulation
- stimulate the nervous system
- helps with sleep
- supports healthier digestion
- relieves pain
- supports the reproductive system
- relaxes the mind
Reflexology is an overall way to promote better well being, reduce pain and stress and encourage the body to work better.
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What is reflexology and how does it work?
Questions I get asked a lot as a reflexologist…
A bit about myself as a reflexologist…
I have been qualified as a reflexologist for a year now and when I get asked these questions I get excited to share my knowledge and my passion. I find reflexology fascinating and amazing at what I can find out about a person just from looking at and touching their feet.
I decided to study reflexology as my other work involves supporting children and adults with severe and complex needs and in this role I would massage their feet to stimulate circulation and encourage relaxation. I knew that there were pressure points on the feet that linked to the rest of the body so I went to learn more about this and found it so interesting. The best part of being a reflexologist is when people say they feel better than before the treatment. It is very rewarding to know I have made a positive difference to someone. Not only is it a therapeutic hands on treatment, it is also a safe place where clients often ‘get things off their chest’. I go with the flow of what each client needs, some just enjoy putting the eye mask on and falling asleep, others enjoy to have a chat.
A brief history…
Reflexology has been known to be around for thousands of years with Egyptian pictographs dating from 2330 BCE showing applying pressure to hands and feet and at a similar time the therapy was being practised in India and China. The therapy then travelled to the Western side of the world in early 1900s with American physician William Fitzgerald recognising that direct pressure on the feet could relieve pain within the body and named this zone therapy. It was then Eunice Ingham who used Fitzgeralds concept to develop further how the pressure points in the feet correspond to different parts of the body and that the feet represent a mirror image of the body and named this Reflexology.
What is reflexology…
Reflexology is a holistic healing method which involves applying pressure and massage of the reflex points found in the feet and the hands. These points then communicate with the corresponding parts of the body via the nervous system. Through the technique of thumb walking on the pressure points the therapist is able to release any blockages within the system of the body and encourage energy to flow freely and the body is able to return to a balanced harmony.
Within the foot is a map of the body, as shown above, and as a reflexologist when I am giving a treatment I don’t look at the foot as a ‘foot’, I see the body as a whole, I see and feel if someone has been through an emotional trauma, I can feel pains and aches within the body, blockages within the digestive system, release tension in the neck and shoulders and can even pin point the ears and the eyes. Every treatment amazes me at what I can find. The feet can with-hold stress longer than the actual body so if I find a blockage on a client and they say there is no problem with that particular area of the body I will ask some questions and once they have a think they remember a few weeks ago they had a cold for example and that’s why there is a blockage on their lungs even though they now feel fine. As well as past blockages reflexology encourages everything to flow better so if a client struggles with digestion for example they may find that after the treatment they are able to feel cleansed in this area.
How does reflexology work?
Reflexology is a relaxing non-invasive treatment and works by encouraging the systems of the body to flow better and release any blockages. The main result of a reflexology treatment is relaxation for the whole body and therefore can reduce stress and ease pain which has an impact on many illnesses. I have had clients say to me that they feel reflexology is actually better than a normal massage. Some clients say they feel almost energised after a treatment, while others say they feel really relaxed; all experiences of reflexology are different just like everyone’s body is different. During a treatment if I find a blockage in the feet I will work on this area using my thumbs and try and release the blockage using a method called hook up. The blockage may not be gone in the first session and it is recommended for a client to have between 4-6 treatments to see a difference. Reflexology cannot diagnose or cure but can assist with the client to relax and relieve pressure and tension within the body.
A lot of people are curious about reflexology as it is still a fairly new holistic therapy. If this is you get booked in for a treatment and keep a look out for my special offers on my Facebook- Faye Whelan Reflexology
Treatments can be done in the salon or home visits can also be arranged. Treatments usually last between 45-60 minutes and a consultation form will be completed on first meeting. I mainly use an oil or cream during treatment to make the feet feel really soft and nourished. However, this isn’t always needed and treatment can be done without any medium.
Thank you for reading and hope to see you soon for a treatment 🙏
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