What is reflexology?
Reflexology is based on the theory that different points and areas on the feet, lower leg, hands, face and ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists believe that working these points or areas aids relaxation and helps improve wellbeing, which can help us to cope better and can ease the stresses of modern life.
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 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 that other things improve too, but this happens on a very individual basis.
Reflexology acknowledges that every person is a unique individual; the only way to know if reflexology will help you is to try it!
On arriving at Harriet’s clinic, I was warmly greeted by Harriet herself. The place had a very calm ambience about it, and I was immediately made comfortable in a reclining chair. Whilst, I filled out some forms regarding any previous health concerns, Harriet had me soak my feet in a foot spa, which was immediately relaxing coming in from outside with temperatures as low as 2 degrees!
Harriet then spoke to me about any health concerns and asked questions regarding my overall health. Once the forms and paperwork was out of the way, Harriet talked to me about reflexology and how far back this practice is traced in history; years in BC! She also explained variations between the European version and the Far Eastern, amongst other details. All in all, Harriet made me feel extremely comfortable and made sure I was aware of the practice.
Harriet then began the treatment on my feet, talking me through the zones as she targeted them for example the solar plexus, the representation of the spine and other zones on the foot etc. Having explained the main bits, Harriet began working her magic and it really helped me wind down and relax. With sounds of waves swishing in the background, I was able to close my eyes and completely disconnect for the duration of the massage.
It was an extremely calming experience as Harriet worked from one foot to another and applying pressure in the zones. It was a good 45 minutes to an hour before Harriet completed the treatment. She then pointed out the zones where she felt may experience some tension, for example the diaphragm region which may be the cause behind any wheezing I may experience.
The experience wasn’t only just a calm one but also a very insightful one. I would definitely recommend this treatment and feel it may help shed light on various issues we go through in daily life.
Where can I find out more about reflexology?
For more information on reflexology have a look at the Association of Reflexologists website. There are interactive hand and foot maps you can look at, plus YouTube videos on how to carry out hand reflexology and plenty more useful information on Reflexology.
If you feel like trying a full Reflexology treatment, there is a ‘find a reflexologist’ search, where you can put in your postcode to find a well-trained and insured reflexologist local to you: www.aor.org.uk