Reflexology is a scientifically proven, non-invasive, natural therapy based on the principle that the feet and hands are a map of our body. Reflexology is NOT foot massage, as massage primarily focuses on the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the feet, while Reflexology focuses on treating the body as a whole.
Reflexologists use thumb and finger pressure to stimulate specific points on the feet which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body, encouraging the body to heal itself. Pressing on these points improves nerve and blood supply to the glands and organs, relieves stress and tension, and improves the health of the entire body on all levels.
It compliments other therapies and orthodox medicine, and is used primarily for the treatment of internal health conditions. Reflexology is an excellent complementary health modality to naturally repair, regenerate and relax the body.
There are two primary ways to understanding how Reflexology works; both have their own philosophical background, and yet they are entwined.
According to Eastern theory, the body and universe are comprised of energy, and this energy permeates every living cell and tissue of our body. On this basis, Reflexology is similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu.
From a scientific concept, Quantum Physics says that we are made of atoms, and at their core, atoms are made of energy. Those energy waves can be measured and their effects seen, yet they have no substance because they are like electricity. So like the Eastern theory, science also embraces the idea that the universe is made of energy.
When points on the feet are stimulated in Reflexology, it sends a wave-like reaction throughout the body to aid and rebalance the energetic disruption or blockage of energy within that part of the body, which may be the cause of pain or illness.
From a physiological basis, by pressing on the feet, an electro-chemical nerve impulse is activated encouraging the opening and clearing of neural (nerve) pathways. Once the efferent neuron reaches muscle, the muscle relaxes, as too do the blood vessels, encouraging unimpeded circulation, supplying the necessary oxygen and nutrients to the body. This in turn cleanses the body of toxins and impurities. Glands are also stimulated in this way, releasing hormones and other chemical compounds to reduce pain and inflammation, enhance the energy of dysfunctional organs, and promote homeostasis.
Following the initial interview, where the client will fill in a confidential questionnaire, and once the reason for the treatment is established, the client will be required to remove their shoes and socks, and asked to relax in the comfortable treatment chair designed for Reflexology. Derek will then use his thumb and fingers to stimulate points on the feet and hands related to the condition. Creams may be used during the treatment. Following treatment, suggestions, education, support and encouragement will be provided to assist the client with self-help strategies.