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Welcome to the World of Reflexology

by Debbie Bates.

My first experience of this profound complementary therapy was in 1999, I was pleasantly surprised as I felt a deep sense of relaxation moving through my body and afterwards, a state of calm as I moved back out into the world.  I was fascinated that points on the feet were connected to different parts of my body and through the session, felt stress falling away from my neck and shoulders.  It was after this session that I decided to undertake a practitioner’s course and while studying, my family and friends benefited as I practiced on them and that helped lessen their stress also - a win/win.

Reflexology treatment is a time to put your feet up.  Although it is predominately performed on the feet, it is very effective on the hands if preferred or required.  Reflexology is a non-invasive treatment that has a ripple effect encouraging stagnant energies and stress throughout the whole body to release, enabling the body to return to a balanced state of being.

The treatment involves using a cream-based balm and supporting essential oils relevant to the needs of each client, which are massaged around the feet and/or hands.  Some people feel tenderness at times and this is because the tenderness is generally reflecting stress in the body.  Isn’t it extraordinary that despite living with our feet and hands for our entire life 24/7, we don’t really know them?  Yet they are some of our hardest working body parts reflecting much of our inner wellbeing.

The feet and hands are a microcosm of the whole body of which every organ and body part is represented and works on the premise of zone therapy, with zones traveling from each toe and finger to the top of the head.  All the zones include all body parts and organs through which the respective zone line passes, therefore, two organs in the body will be represented on both feet and both hands.  For example, the liver is on the right foot and hand while the stomach is on the left.  I find this makes reflex points easy to target. 

Not dealing with the buildup that occurs over a period of time, creates blocked and stuck energy in our bodies, reflexology works to set these energy blockages free.  Stress is a known trigger for a host of conditions caught in the physical and emotional bodies.  It can prompt dis-ease such as insomnia, headaches, high/low emotional states, gastrointestinal, respiratory and circulatory problems, fluid retention, hormonal imbalances, musculoskeletal discomfort, fatigue and stress.

Reflexology can be used as a ‘Do it yourself’ remedy and can be done anytime and anywhere.  I often show clients points they can apply on their hands as homework to support their treatments and also a handy addition to their first aid tool kit.  It is important to note that it is not used as a diagnostic process, therefore I would always recommend seeing your GP if you have a health concern.  Hand reflexology is simple to use or you can use it to just simply relax.  It is hard not to experience the healing effects that can leave you feeling both de-stressed and re-energised.

 

If you would like to learn more on Reflexology First Aid, join myself and fellow Reflexologist Pamela for a fun evening at the Healing Rooms on the 26th June at 7pm, call The Healing Rooms to reserve your seat.

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