Like acupuncture, reflexology has its roots in ancient health philosophies. The whole of the body and its organs are reflected in the feet, with the right foot reflecting the right side of the body and the left foot reflecting the left side. It is performed by applying finger/thumb pressure on specific reflex points on the feet (or sometimes on the hands) releasing blockages and congestion in the body. As our feet are farthest from the heart, circulation is at its least and toxins build up in the bottom of the feet and form as tiny crystals. When the reflexes are stimulated, circulation is improved and these waste inorganic materials are broken down and then removed by the lymphatic system, thus providing relief from many symptoms, as well as promoting general well-being.
Reflexology benefits people of all ages and depending on the length of time of an existing condition, it can improve greatly or even be eliminated during a course of four to six treatments. This is an extremely rejuvenating therapy and many people find it beneficial to have regular treatments in order to help maintain health and well-being.
Regular reflexology helps to relax and maintain a healthy balance. It is also an excellent way to stay on top of any existing conditions. Victoria has helped clients with a variety of problems such as headaches, colds, neck/shoulder pain, digestive disorders such as IBS and constipation, hormonal changes/menopause, menstrual cramps, insomnia, stress, water retention and backache during pregnancy.
How a treatment is performed:
On your first visit there is a preliminary consultation with the practitioner who will note any problems needing attention or any adverse indications. You will be asked to remove socks and shoes and sit on a reclining couch or special chair. General appearance of the foot will be noted in case of any sores or corns which must not receive pressure. The feet will be cleansed and the reflexologist begins to work on your feet, or hands if necessary. Compression massage to the soles and uppers of the feet using powder or a lotion will be applied using a light but firm touch.
During the treatment some areas of the foot may feel a little tender and these may correlate with 'problem' areas in the body and is an indication of congestion or imbalance. Typically this is a very pleasant, relaxing and rejuvenating therapy. Don't worry if you have ticklish feet, the treatment is very precise and quite firm.
After the first treatment or two your body may respond in a very definite way: you may have a feeling of well-being and relaxation; improved sleep, or you may feel emotional. If a headache or cold-like symptoms are experienced it is a positive sign that the body is responding well to treatment as toxins are released from the body.
Reflexology works on the principle that every organ and system of the body has a corresponding point or zone in the feet. For example, the spot in the centre of the big toe corresponds to the pituitary gland, and the pad underneath the little toe relates to the shoulders. A light pressure is used to 'massage' each of the points in the toes, feet and ankles to release tension, remove energy blockages, stimulate circulation and promote healing of both body and mind. It can be used to treat a wide range of disorders including skin and respiratory conditions, migraine, PMS and menopausal problems, chronic fatigue, stress, depression and anxiety; or it can be used to keep the body’s energy flowing and the mind in balance. Victoria recommends Reflexology makes for a good 'MOT' for the body and a monthly session will help keep you aware of how your body's feeling as well as being a very relaxing treatment.