Treatment of Reflexology
After a treatment, particular a first treatment, you may feel symptoms worsening, but this is only a temporary state of affairs. Please be patient and carry on to gain the benefits from regular sessions. On the other hand you may feel buoyant, "walking on air" is a phrase often used after a treatment. The body is excreting toxins that have been held inside (sometimes for many years!) so being aware of this is the key to understanding why the body is reacting in such a way. Everyone is different - every outcome is different.
With each successive treatment the body gains in strength and vitality, the immune system is invigorated and stresses and tensions are released. The number of treatments required will, of course, vary depending on many individual factors. For instance a chronic, longstanding illness, may require regular appointments at weekly intervals until the body has regained some of its strength and natural balance. On the other hand, to combat a stressful, hectic lifestyle, you may wish to spend an hour, just relaxing, stretching out and thinking of nothing in particular - a luxury in this age of rush.
How long does a treatment take?
A treatment would usually last for about an hour - but each therapist varies in their practice, as does the method used. At the first appointment personal details, and a medical and lifestyle history is taken, to enable the therapist to know the whole person. As a general rule, the massage starts at the top of the toes and works down the foot to the heel, and then the upper aspect is worked in a similar way, as far as the ankle.
What diseases can Reflexology treat?
Reflexology can help with many disorders such as:
- Relieving neck and shoulder pains
- Circulatory problems
- Hormonal imbalances
- Back pain
- Blood pressure (high and low)
- High cholesterol
- Digestive problems like IBS and diverticulitis
- PMS; the many and varied menopausal symptoms;
- Muscle strains
- Insomnia and so on.
All of the above can be treated with Reflexology with some considerable degree of success, but again, it must be stressed that everyone is different, and people's reactions to the treatment vary.
Give reflexology a try. Read about it; speak to the regulatory bodies, contact your nearest therapist to see if you could work together. The only thing you have to lose is your aches and pains, your stresses and strains. Give it a go.
By Ann Sarson
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