Reflexology, the not so ticklish power of touching your feet
Updated: Nov 13, 2021
Using 'intention' and your feet to treat a range of issues including Lymphoedema can go against our traditional views on healing. Here we look at the surprising benefits and research behind this unique and award winning approach.
WHAT IS CLINICAL REFLEXOLOGY?
A Western approach to ancient healings of the East, whereby a complex map of Reflex Points within the feet each associated to Organs, Systems, Glands and so on around the body are gently stimulated with the intention of returning the body back to a homeostatic (balanced) state.
A thoroughly therapeutic and deeply relaxing treatment that is completely tailored to each individual based on information provided at initial consultation and follow on appointments.
The Chinese are said to have used an early form of reflexology more than 5000 years ago in their use of pressure therapies (acupressure). Egyptian tomb artwork also shows foot massage indicating that working on the feet is an ancient practice used in many cultures. Modern reflexology was developed by Eunice D Graham in the 1930’s and is now a popular complementary therapy.
WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE (RLD)
RLD is an award winning technique that focuses solely on the Lymphatic System. Lymphoedema is defined as tissue swelling due to the failure of lymph drainage. Originally studied and developed to benefit secondary lymphoedema after treatment of breast cancer, this treatment helps benefit general primary or secondary oedema swelling around the body as well as Inflammatory conditions, Asthma, Skin Conditions and Headaches for example.
This relaxing treatment is finished with some Precision Linking (energy focused work whereby specific reflex points are linked to help clear any blockages and bring balance from within).
BENEFITS OF REFLEXOLOGY
Reflexology induces relaxation in the body. Research has shown (24 studies) using EEG brain activity measurements, the relaxation effect begins, from the moment the reflexologist begins the treatment.
Pain reduction following reflexology work is documented in 27 studies including research showing impact on individuals of all ages and health states
Research shows that reflexology work helps individuals of all ages with some 78 health concerns including teething, colic, aggressive behaviour in children, arthritis, back pain, digestive issues, chronic illness, hormonal imbalance, sleep disorders and urinary conditions.
Separate studies show that reflexology work increases blood flow to the feet, brain, kidneys and intestines.
Reflexology work aids recovery after surgery as shown by several studies, reducing pain and lessening the use of post operative analgesics.
Positive Impact on physiological measures (e. g. blood pressure and cholesterol; measurements by ECG, EEG, and MRI)
Benefits mental health - Research demonstrates that reflexology can reduce depression (eleven studies) and anxiety (nine studies)
A reflexology treatment will generally last an hour, with a 10 minute consultation prior to first treatment.