Reflexology is a type of alternative medicine that involves pressure to specific points on the hands and feet to promote healing in different parts of the body. It is based on a system that reflects an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the idea that massaging certain areas causes a physical change within the body.
Reflexology is an alternative medicine, which means it does not necessarily follow an evidence based scientific method, other types of alternative medicine are things such as acupuncture, homeopathy and herbal medicine.
In reflexology the holistic therapist will gently manipulate certain areas of the foot by pressing down with his or her thumb. This in turn produces an effect somewhere else in the body. The treatment can last from 15 minutes to an hour depending on where the pressure points are that need treating. Unlike a massage, the treatment is performed skin-to-skin, without oils or lotions.
Usually in a reflexology treatment, the therapist and patient will meet before the therapy itself to discuss the patients’ health. During this discussion, you will discuss your specific health concern and this helps the therapist to focus more accurately on how and where to treat you. Before the reflexology you will be seated comfortably in a chair that allows the therapist access to your feet.
The results from reflexology differ greatly between patients. Many people suggest a course of reflexology sessions to see results, anywhere from three to six weeks is usually required. Some people may wish to continue reflexology at regular intervals. There are no known side effects from reflexology, but some people have reported ‘healing reactions’ such as a cold after treatments.
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