The Facts About Reflexology
What is Reflexology?
The official definition of Reflexology is "a protocol of manual techniques, such as thumb and finger-walking, hook and backup and rotating-on-a-point, applied to specific reflex areas predominantly on the feet and hands. These techniques stimulate the complex neural pathways linking body systems, supporting the body’s efforts to function optimally. The effectiveness of reflexology is recognized worldwide by various national health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complementary practice within the holistic health field. (RAA 2016)"
Reflexology is a practice that dates back thousands of years, to 3000 BC pre-dynasty China. It is a homeopathic technique that uses massage techniques on pressure points and target zones that lie in the feet, hands, and ears. These techniques are both stress reducing and super relaxing.
During a reflexology session the reflexologist applies pressure to spots on the feet, hands or ear that relate to a specific area of the body, it then stimulates the healing process in that area. While the range of work is limited to feet, hands or ears, the treatment will work in a much wider aspect throughout the body.
It is based on the belief that there are energy zones running through the body that may become blocked. By fixing these imbalances and working the reflex points, these blockages are restored to their free flowing energy state and allow the body to continue to heal itself.
How Can Reflexology Help Me?
Shown to help relax and comfort individuals, Reflexology's research has been a help with pain, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, depression, stress, anxiety and pain. It should not be used as a medical care replacement, but can be a great integrative or complementary healthcare modality.
Reflexology with Tina Samuels
Tina Samuels, C.A. is a certified reflexologist from the KEW Training Center as well as a Level 3 Certified Professional Aromatherapist with NAHA (The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists). She specializes in using a chakra-balancing essential oil blend to help unblock and balance individual clients.
What to Expect in Your First Reflexology Session
Are you planning to visit us for reflexology but are unaware of what will transpire during the first visit? Then, worry no more. This section takes you through the phases involved in the entire reflexology session.
What a Reflexology Session Entails
A reflexology session can be divided into 5 phases namely; the intake session, starting session, focus session, end of session and post reflexology.
Phase 1: The Intake Session
During this initial stage, I will ask have you fill out a form to private basic information about you and your health.
Upon ascertaining that reflexology is suitable for you, I will explain to you the stages involved in a reflexology therapy session. It is at this stage that I will inform you that reflexology is neither a treatment for a particular disease nor a substitute for regular medical treatment.
If you are ok and ready to move to the next phase, I will ask you to fill out a consent form. Incase anything is unclear; you are free to ask questions before and after signing out the consent form. In the event that you are not satisfied with my answers, you are free to cancel or reschedule the appointment.
Phase 2: Starting the Reflexology Therapy
This phase entails two things; deciding on the part(s) of focus and setting the client in the right position for therapy.
Based on the initial health assessment, I may ask you several questions on what to address first. Additionally, every case is unique and some health problems respond better after the initial reinforcement.
There will be a focus on your feet, you will have to remove your shoes and socks only, then lie down on the massage table. I will then make sure you are comfortable while I prepare the oil to be used. I will then be at an appropriate position at the base of the table where your feet are at my chest level.
After you are in the right position, then I will examine your feet for the following issues that might prevent treatment:
• Open wounds
• Painful sores
• Plantar warts
Notably, a normal reflexology session takes about 30 to 60 minutes. During the session, you are free to chat with me or enjoy a nap. In case you need to visit the bathroom during the therapy, you can always stop the session.
Phase 3: Focus Session
During this stage, I only concentrate on the therapy. The reflexology pattern starts at the toe and ends down the foot, and utilizes various techniques. Utilizing the several techniques has the following benefits:
• Ensures that you receive an effective service.
• Addresses internal organs, nerves, glands, muscles, bones and nerve ganglions.
• Gentle pressure on the body parts opens up pathways and clears blood clogging thus triggering the feeling of relaxation.
How reflexology works
It is important to note that I do not remove pain nor fix discomfort. Instead, I facilitate the body in subsiding the pain by bringing the body into a state of balance.
I will find out the areas with pain, tightness and congestion, and apply pressure. This pressure applied during therapy stimulates the nervous system which in-turn causes the body to excrete toxins hence the feeling of relaxation. After the end of the session, I will return to the spot to ascertain that the pain is over.
The feel of reflexology
During reflexology, clients report varied experiences. These experiences include the following:
• A general feeling of relaxation
• A sense of body pores opening
• A feeling of energy moving from affected spot to other body parts
• A sense of lightness
• A sense of tingling in the body
Phase 4. End of Therapy Session
Every writer has a unique style of concluding his or her works. The same case applies to reflexology. Each one of us has a calm and peaceful way of ending a reflexology therapy session. The common method involves stroking the foot, and holding the limb in a certain way. Whatever the style used, the core aim is to feel well served and appreciated.
After the session, you are at liberty to leave at your own pleasure.
Phase 5. Post Reflexology
a. Post reflexology reactions
After any reflexology session, you might experience some reactions. But these signs should not worry you much. They are positive indicators that you are doing well, and that your body is gradually returning to normalcy. The reactions are as a result of cleaning and elimination of toxins from the body. The physical reactions include:
• Enhanced sleep
• Increased joint flexibility
• Subtle rashes or pimples on the skin (depending on the amount of toxin clearly and adhesion release)
• Frequent urination
• Psychological and emotional pressure release
• Increased energy and activeness
The greatest benefits are evident after seeking and attending regular therapy sessions. Often, a normal case requires a single session per week for 6 to 8 weeks, and turn up every 2-4 weeks.
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This document is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition