What is Reflexology and how does it work?

How does Reflexology work?

Reflexology foot massage is a holistic practice that helps to keep the body in a state of complete harmony by activating body’s natural healing abilities and releasing stress. It aims to restore a state of equilibrium back into your body, mind and soul. The practice of reflexology divides the body into 10 reflex zones, which covers the entire body and the different organs on both the left and right side. Each organ in the body is represented by reflex points/ pressure points on the bottom of feet.

Chronic stress can lead to a compromised immune system that ultimately manifests as an illness. Reflexology foot massages are mainly used to release this tension and stress in the body, the built up of which can result in stagnant energy, increase in toxins, leading to disease. By releasing this tension and stress, it relieves the body of energy blockages and allows it to achieve a state of balance and equilibrium, putting it back into the ideal state of wellbeing, ready to handle anything from major to minor health concerns.

Not only does Reflexology foot massage helps to reduce stress and tension in the body but it also helps in inducing a deep state of relaxation, activating the body’s own healing mechanism, increasing blood circulation, releasing toxins, reducing and diminishing pain and finally achieving a sense of complete well-being.

What Happens in a typical Reflexology session?

Most reflexology treatment sessions last about 45-60 minutes plus 15 mins for your Initial consultation where the Reflexologist would make an enquiry of your lifestyle, diet and health practices and any medication, surgery or past illnesses record plus your reasons for trying Reflexology. After establishing a picture of your current state of health, the reflexologists will then mostly focus on your feet, though in some special cases, they do choose to spend some time on other reflexology points on your body or hands. While you may be asked to relax on a reclined chair or lie on a massage couch, the practitioner would work on one feet at a time or both feet depending on their routine.  To make the atmosphere more relaxing and tranquil, your reflexologist might play some gentle music or burn essential oils or candles. Depending on how you feel, you can either choose to close your eyes and enjoy the relaxation that follows your reflexology foot massage or chat during your session, it’s entirely up-to you.

Reflexology foot massages are generally very gentle and relaxing but since it is a deep massage, your reflexologist might use a firm pressure. If you have a low threshold of pain or if you’re experiencing any feet injuries, you must tell your reflexologist about it so that the practitioner can reduce the pressure. It is generally recommended that you have a minimum of 4-6 weekly treatments initially to deal with any chronic issues and later to have monthly maintenance sessions. It is safe to have shorter reflexology sessions more frequently than once a week if required.

After your treatment, you will be advised to drink plenty of fresh water (ideally at least 8 glasses in 24 hours), to help flush out toxins from your body along with avoiding alcohol, tea or coffee, eating only light meals and going to bed early so that your body continues to remain in a relaxed state and expends its energy in healing itself instead of digesting food etc.

So next time, you feel stressed, anxious, low on energy or simply out of sync. Just give us a call to get back in tune with the melody of life.

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