Reflexology is a theory and a therapy that uses the feet to treat the whole body. Its main principle is that by massaging and applying pressure to parts of the feet known as reflex areas, other corresponding and connected areas of the body will feel the benefit. In reflexology, the feet and hands are like mini-maps of the body’s anatomy so any body system can be accessed and stimulated by massaging the corresponding area of the foot or hand. The aim is to stimulate the body’s own healing processes in order to keep it in homeostasis i.e. balanced, state. It is a holistic therapy which means that is works on the principle that the whole person must be treated: if one area of the body is out of balance then other areas will be. It encourages both relaxation and stimulation: the first helps the body rebuild its energy resources and recover from illness and disease whereas the second helps activate the circulation and the nervous system, making both more efficient and thus benefiting the body as a whole.
Reflexology is not a foot massage. It does use massage techniques but, unlike massage, reflexology works with the feet as anatomical ’maps’ of the whole body. By applying pressure to one part of the foot, the reflexologist aims to benefit not only the feet but also the rest of the body. The reflexologist can detect imbalances in the body by working on the feet and then works on problem areas accordingly to help aid correct them. However, it is not a cure, more of a helping hand for the body’s self-healing processes. Reflexology helps balance the systems of the body helping them to work more efficiently which, in turn, speeds up the natural healing processes.
Reflexology has many amazing benefits but here are just a few that it is popular for. It relieves stress and tension and has a deeply relaxing effect: 75% of disease is estimated to relate to stress. In order to function, the body needs energy in the form of oxygen and nutrients which are circulated in the blood, as reflexology improves blood circulation, it thus increases the efficiency of all organs and cells and it also improves waste removal and elimination. It helps release trapped nervous energy and improves neural efficiency; approximately 7000 nerves are stimulated by reflexology massage. As the feet are maps of the body, the whole person and all systems are treated and not just the feet, all while the client remains fully clothed, meaning it can be carried out in almost any environment. It benefits the mind, body and spirit, promoting not only physical but psychological wellbeing. Reflexology is often recommended for elderly or immobile clients and is also often recommended as part of a palliative care system.
Warning: A medical professional should always be consulted for any medical physiological and/or psychological conditions. Complementary therapies are not a substitute for, but work in conjunction with conventional medicines and the medical profession / care teams. Referral from a G.P. or healthcare team may be required in some cases.
Cost of treatments:
60 Minute Session - €45