Benefits of Reflexology
Reflexology is a non-intrusive, touch therapy and can be received by all ages ranging from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care. Reflexology treatments are tailored to the individual with the aim to restore the body's natural balance and promote an enhanced feeling of well-being. Typically, following a treatment, the receiver will feel more relaxed, less stressed and reduced tension .
Reflexology is excellent for both promoting and maintaining good health. Treatments can not only help with specific symptoms but having regular treatments can ensure that the body continues to sustain optiminum health. Reflexology helps to boost circulation, eliminate toxins, improve the central nervous system and immune system. It can be used to help improve symptoms associated with pregnancy and maternity, aid post-partum healing and Post Natal Depression as well the side effects associated with the treatment of Cancer.
The real benefits of reflexology go beyond simply a relaxation therapy, it is a valuable modality for working with clients suffering serious clinical health conditions.
Reflexology can help:
Reflexology can help with the reduction of pain and has been found to be as effective as painkillers in a study by the University of Portsmouth. Researchers found that reflexology treatments resulted in people feeling 40% less pain and were able to stand pain for about 45% longer. Reflexology is often used as an effective pain management therapy in cancer care units, maternity units and pain clinics across the UK. Reflexology can also help athletes/sports people with muscular pain - according research at Bonash University in Australia, Reflexology can remove lactic acid from the legs four times faster than massage. The sedating effects of the treatment help to stimulate endorphins and alleviate pain.
Stress is the feeling of being under too much pressure either psychologically or emotionally, resulting in an inability to cope. The ways in which stress affects people and their reaction to it differs greatly person to person; what may be motivating to one person could be overwhelming to another. All stressors have a physiological reaction within a person's nervous system as well as a psychological reaction. If the stress builds up long-term, this can result in ill-health such as headaches, tiredness, digestive issues (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or even develop into more serious conditions such as ulcers, diabetes or heart attacks. Psychologically, when someone is stressed, they may feel irritable, impatient, over-burdened or anxious. They may feel like they can’t switch off, often resulting in insomnia. 75% - 85% of all illnesses can be attributed to stress. Reflexology can help to improve feelings of stress by relaxing the mind as well as stimulating the body's central nervous system in order that it may bring about homeostasis (balance).
The circulatory system transports blood, nutrients, water and oxygen around the body - materials which are essential for good health. It also expels waste such as carbon dioxide from our bodies. Poor circulation can result in painful limbs, blood clots, varicose veins, Raynaud's Disease and muscle cramps. Reflexology helps boost circulation and improves nerve and blood supply.
Promote better sleep
Poor sleep is a common problem for many individuals today. Our lives are busier and more fast-paced than ever before, often leading to a poor night's sleep. Insomnia (difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning) is thought to affect one in three people throughout the UK. On average adults need around seven to nine hours of good quality sleep at night. To identify if you are getting enough sleep at night, you could try the NHS Sleep-self-assessment. Reflexology encourages the body to fall into a deep state of relaxation which often results in the client's sleep patterns improving following treatments.