What is it?
Reflexology is an ancient, non-intrusive complementary therapy which is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower legs or hands correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists believe that working theses points or areas aids relaxation and improves wellbeing.
With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to recognise the detrimental effect that this can have and to take action to address their own healthcare needs: as such, Reflexology could be one of the ways you might employ to ease the stresses of modern life.
The Ashdown Clinic is an integrated healthcare provider with a unique team approach using different specialised practises and technologies to assist with a wide variety of physical symptoms that are causing pain and ill health to the sufferer. These conditions in themselves can also put the human body under considerable stress.
In these circumstances, the possible stress relieving qualities of Reflexology could aid an individual’s recovery and wellbeing during their treatment.
What happens when I go for Reflexology?
Reflexology is a very easy treatment to receive; at most you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks.
A full medical history will be taken and you will be asked to sign a consent form agreeing to the treatment. All information will be kept confidentially.
The therapist will then use their thumbs, fingers or knuckles to apply pressure to the feet and sometimes the lower leg or hands depending on the type of Reflexology chosen.
Some areas of the feet may feel tender when pressed, but this will pass. The general experience should feel relaxing.
The therapist will talk to you after your treatment about what they felt which may lead them to recommend further treatments to aid wellbeing. Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.
Will I benefit from Reflexology?
As holistic practitioners, reflexologists are there to support you as a whole person and promote your wellbeing. Therefore, reflexologists do not diagnose, prescribe or cure.
Reflexology acknowledges that every person is a unique individual; it is not possible to know in advance how you will react to a Reflexology treatment. However, after a treatment people often do feel very relaxed, may sleep better and notice a feeling of improved mood and general wellbeing. You may find other things improve too, but this happens on an individual basis.
The only real way to know if Reflexology will help you is to try it!