You may have heard of reflexology but you might not actually be sure of what it is, why it is beneficial and why you might need it in your life. Reflexology is a non-invasive type of therapy that focuses on your feet by applying different levels of pressure to certain areas. It is based on a theory that these body parts are connected to certain organs and body systems and therefore can help a whole host of medical issues, from sinus pressure to labour pains. Reflexology is an excellent treatment 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 optimum health.
How does Reflexology work?
Reflexology works by having reflexologists apply pressure to specific areas in the hands, feet and ears that affect certain reflex areas of the body. Through the use of gentle stimulation of these reflex points in a precise and systematic way, it works to revitalise, restore and maintain the body’s natural balance. Reflexology also triggers relaxation, resulting in reduced levels of stress and tension as it increases blood flow and circulation throughout the body. Whilst it should not be used as a replacement for medical practices, it can complement ongoing medical treatments.
What are the different types of reflexology available?
Here at Sculptic Clinic we offer facial reflexology, traditional foot reflexology and top & toe reflexology. The classic foot reflexology treatment stimulates over 7000 nerves in the feet encouraging the opening and cleansing of neural pathways and aims to improve blood circulation. Whilst the facial reflexology treatment combines the benefits of both health and beauty treatments. With the face being one of the most active areas in the body and being extremely close to the brain, we can help create an immediate response and create an intense form of relaxation. Our Top & Toe reflexology treatment combines classical foot reflexology with facial reflexology to bring about a state of blissful relaxation. This treatment consists of a full consultation, tailored classical foot reflexology, facial reflexology as well as a relaxing massage of the head, neck and shoulders.
Reflexology can help:
Reflexology has been found to help with the reduction of pain. According to 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. The sedating effects of the treatment helps to stimulate endorphins and alleviate pain. The effects of reflexology are unique to each individual. While some experience a sense of relaxation and well-being, others find it quite energising. However most patients notice the full benefits after 4-6 sessions.
Relieve stress and anxiety
All stressors have a physiological reaction within a person’s nervous system. Psychologically when someone is stressed, they may feel irritable, impatient, over-burdened or anxious. Reflexology can help to improve feelings of stress by relaxing the mind as well as stimulating the body’s central nervous system. Touch by another human being is considered relaxing, caring and considered an anxiety-reducing action for most people, making reflexology the perfect treatment to unwind and de-stress.
Promote better sleep
Poor sleep is a common problem for so many individuals today due to the fast-paced nature of life. Reflexology can encourage the body to fall into a deep state of relaxation which often results in improved sleep patterns for patients following a treatment. A better night’s sleep leads to a healthier body and mind over time.
The benefits of reflexology go beyond simply a relaxation therapy, it is a valuable modality for working with patients who suffer from serious health conditions. If you would like to book an appointment you can book with us directly online or call the salon on 028 6634 7721. We offer a variety of reflexology treatments and we can help you to decide which one is best suited to you.