Therapeutic Reflexology promotes self-healing power in the body. It works with the structures and functions of the body through touch of the feet. In the reflex zones of the feet all parts and organs of the body are reflected. When certain reflex zones are stimulated by the therapist’s touch, it affects the corresponding regions in the body. This provides balance, regulates the functions of organs and tissues and improves the natural processes such as breathing, circulation and digestion. Reflexology helps to:
reduce muscle tension and pain in the body
boost the immune system
restore natural balance, health and vitality
Who Benefits from Reflexology?
Therapeutic Reflexology is helpful for people of all ages, from babies to seniors, addressing a variety of different issues and disorders such as:
exhaustion and fatigue
chronic back pain
headache and migraines
edema and congestion
arthritis and joint pain
loss of balance
Working with the lymphatic system through the touch of the feet is a special technique of Therapeutic Reflexology. This gentle, caressing treatment promotes the lymphatic flow in the body. The treatments help to boost the immune system, relieve congestion, reduce pain, eliminate toxins and promote healing. Lymphatic treatments are beneficial for swellings, edema, allergies, chronic sinusitis, varicose veins, sleeping disorders, immune deficiency, circulation problems, and inflammatory digestive, over-sensitivity to pain or severe pain in the body, and emotional instability or mental stress.
For a treatment, the patients only needs to remove shoes and socks, and rest comfortably on a treatment table. Treatments usually take place once a week for the first few weeks, then intervals between the treatments are often longer. The number of treatments needed vary from 6 to 15 sessions depending on the state of your health. Often a profound improvement in health is noticeable after 5 to 8 sessions. Reflexology is also an effective form of preventive health care. Especially for elderly patients, ongoing regular treatments are advisable. The intervals between ongoing treatments vary between one to four weeks.
These groups and people particularly benefit from Reflexology treatments:
Seniors take Reflexology for maintaining good health and overall wellness. Reflexology assists seniors who experience loss of balance, fatigue, constipation, osteoporosis or insomnia. The treatments are also very helpful in pain management for arthritis. Seniors often welcome the gentle touch and spending time with a practitioner. Many elderly patients benefit from regular Reflexology treatments.
Women in Menopause
During menopause many women experience conditions such as irritability, mood swings, sleeping disorders, hot flashes, lack of concentration, heart palpitations or insomnia. Reflexology assist women to reduce menopausal complaints and regain vibrant health and well-being.
Reflexology assists women during pregnancy with complaints such as nausea, morning sickness, heart burn, varicose veins, back pain, fatigue or mood swings. Reflexology is an effective and natural way to induce labour, so medical induction can be avoided. Reflexology treatments are also helpful for recovery after labour and delivery and postpartum adjustment.
Children and Babies
Reflexology works very well for children, because it is a non-invasive therapy and children respond well to it. It is beneficial for babies with teething problems and colic, and for children with ailments such as stuffy noses, belly pain, coughing, sleeping problems, bed wetting, hyperactivity and allergies. During the sessions, parents can learn how to treat their baby’s feet at home.
Post-operative and Palliative Care
Reflexology has shown to be very effective during post-operative care as it aids recovery after surgery. Especially the lymphatic treatment, a specialty within Therapeutic Reflexology, helps to reduce pain and swelling, and promote healing. Reflexology is used in Palliative care to affect emotional and spiritual health, and enhance sense of well-
being and quality of life.