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Reflexology – is it the right treatment for you?

Do you often feel stressed or anxious? Perhaps you’re experiencing sleeping problems, or are suffering from digestive issues or aches and pains? Reflexology may be able to help you.

Reflexology is an unobtrusive, simple treatment that targets specific points on the body to reduce tension and stress correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between. However, there may occasionally be times when it is not suitable to provide a treatment The therapy can help improve circulation, stimulate nerve function and boost energy levels. Reflexology is also a popular treatment for people seeking pain relief.

Reflexology is effective in promoting relaxation; it is popular among those who do not necessarily have time to relax in their daily life. It is a holistic therapy that works to balance the whole body and help it work effectively to repair, recover and prevent disease.
Reflexology is a great way to relieve tension in the body and it is known to help improve circulation in the body, in particular the legs and feet. It can assist the body to detoxify (it is often recommended you drink plenty of water after a session to flush out the toxins) and can give the immune system a boost by jump-starting the body’s ability to self-heal.

A Brief History…

Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, this therapy was not introduced to the West until Dr William Fitzgerald developed ‘Zone therapy’. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.

In the 1930’s, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known as reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.

Reflexology Treatment

A reflexology massage should last between 30 minutes to 60 minutes. In the first 5 minutes of the massage, treatment will focus on stimulating all the organs in the body. The remaining time will help to reduce tension and tenderness of the muscles. After the massage, most people feel calm, relaxed and even sleepy. Reflexology is deeply relaxing and is therefore effective in improving sleep. Many people report having an improved sleeping pattern after treatment. It is common for people to report feeling sluggish – this is often your body giving you a sign that it could be working better. The balancing effect of reflexology means that you will often feel re-energised and re-vitalised after a session. There are also some side effects that may make you feel tearful, anxious or nauseous, however these are temporary feeling and are considered to be a major part of the healing process.

Will reflexology help me?

If you are still wondering whether to book a treatment, here are a list of common conditions that reflexology can help:
– Stress and tension
– Digestive disorders
– Headaches and migraines
– Arthritis
– Insomnia
– Hormonal imbalances
– PMS

Here at Mike Varney Physiotherapy, we offer 30 minute and 60 minute appointments with a qualified therapist. If you would like to book an appointment to see if reflexology will work for you, please phone 01279 414959 or email us at info@mikevarneyphysio.co.uk

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