what it is, what it can do & how to do it yourself!
Reflexology: An ancient, non-intrusive medicine practice dating back 3000 years, involving the application of pressure on the hands and feet.
If you have taken to treating yourself to a natural, organic lifestyle (quite rightly so!) then why not go that one step further and embrace feeling great on the inside as well as glowing on the outside? Complementary therapies may be subject to some skepticism, but ask just about anyone who has had the pleasure of giving it a shot – you’ll hear nothing short of miraculous anecdotes!
Reflexology is a holistic therapy (meaning that the treatment takes into account ALL aspects of a person – mental and social, not just physical), which has no known negative side effects and has been used successfully to treat many ailments from stress relief right the way to serious conditions such as cancer. By working on particular reflex points, a reflexology practitioner can improve circulation, clear the body of toxins and help to restore and sustain balance within the body.
Here is just a small selection of problems that are commonly treated using reflexology:
• Hormonal imbalances
• Back pain
• Migraines, headaches
• Sleep disorders
• Digestive problems
• Circulatory problems
• Stress related disorders
How does Reflexology work?
In Layman’s terms, hands and feet provide a ‘map’ for your body’s organs, which, when targeted with gentle pressure can give a trained professional indirect access to areas in need. By using this technique, any number of problems can not only be treated by reflexology, but diagnosed as well!
But it’s not just for those who have things that need fixing, reflexology is also a fantastic preventative measure as it helps to keep your body balanced. As with any traditional, Chinese medicine, the aim of the game is to create homeostasis – or in other words, equilibrium within yourself. This is important for everyone, ‘healthy’ or not, as the belief is that all illnesses are caused by some sort of imbalance in the first place.
Can I do DIY reflexology at home?
Whilst it is always recommended that you see a trained reflexologist for the best results and safety (especially when you have something in particular that needs treating or are pregnant), there are a few simple techniques that you can perform on yourself relatively easily, to help ease pains such as back-aches, headaches and just general stress and tension. It is also a wonderful thing to learn as a new parent to help get your little one off to sleep or sooth sore gums and tums!
If you’re thinking of booking a reflexology treatment it can be hard to know who to choose. The Garden Retreat in Blockley is wonderful if you’re based near us. Let us know of any other treatment rooms you love too!