Why reflexology? The
question should be Why Not!
What's not to like?
Reflexology treatment promotes relaxation, boosts circulation,
provides a focus to examine your life and health and so much more..
Benefits of reflexology massage
Reflexology is a safe, simple treatment which is relaxing, comforting,
soothing, stimulating and balancing.
Traditionally touch has been used as a calming, comforting technique -
we even calm ourselves by stroking our necks or faces when we're
distressed. This pacifying behaviour is totally automatic and it seems
that the calming effect is due to the release of endorphins which occur
when the nerve endings of the skin are stroked.
Reflexology treatment lasts for almost 45 minutes during which time it
is possible to relax deeply. Of course not everyone wishes to relax
fully - some clients will want to talk and give feedback on the
sensations occurring during the treatment.
Reflexology treatment stimulates the nerve endings of the skin, the
muscles of the feet, the circulatory system and the lymphatic system
and this has a beneficial effect on the whole body.
During a reflexology treatment clients may feel tender reflexes or the
reflexologist might note sluggish reflexes. It is quite usual to find
that reflexes which were tender on the first treatment are no longer
tender on the third or fourth treatment. You are a living,
changing person, your body, mind and spirit is constantly changing -
and so are your feet.
Some people find they have a very emotional response to treatment and
there are some schools of reflexology thinking which emphasize the
emotional / metaphysical side of treatment.
Others find that they simply enjoy the tranquillity of an hour set
aside for themselves in the midst of busy working lives.
Often people come to reflexology when they are recovering from illness
and want to have a treatment which is gentle and has a gradual
Reflexology can be very useful if mobility has been reduced during
illness. When the nerves, skin and muscles of the foot are stimulated
the feedback enables the brain to keep it's map of the body up to date
which in turn helps to get you back on your feet quicker.
Reflexology foot or hand treatments only require that socks and shoes
be removed for treatment. Which means that even the shyest, most
reserved person can feel comfortable with treatment.
But the treatment isn't for everyone - some people just do not like to
have their feet touched - while others are not willing to try
complementary therapies because they don't believe they will help them.
Certainly to be open to reflexology requires a different attitude
towards your health. You are the most important and most powerful
part of the treatment and reflexology is one tool in your healthy being
Book of the Month Club
This month my Book of the
Of Light: Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field
by Barbara Brennan. This is a
classic book for those interested in energy healing. The Barbara
Brennan School of Healing holds may workshops throughout the world.
This April there will be a Brennan Healing Workshop held in Findhorn,
Scotland which is entitled "The Fundamentals of Brennan Healing
Science". Sounds interesting.
reflexology students, reflexologists and other therapists there are
loads of links to equipment,
further reading, instructional DVD's
and details of courses running in the UK. Check our our
online quizzes and crosswords - great way when to test your
recall. ...play now.