Rebalance and rejuvenate body and mind with a deeply relaxing and therapeutic reflexology treatment. Inspired by the clinical work of nerve reflexologists such as Dr Carol Samuel and Gunnel Berry, I have a special interest in nerve reflex therapy and its application to chronic pain, acute pain and also emotional release.
Reflexology is a therapeutic technique of balancing the body so that it is stimulated to heal itself. Reflexology depends on the holistic idea of restoring a balance of nerve energy or flow throughout the body by working on reflexes, areas on the feet or hands that are thought to correspond to, connect with or ‘reflect’ each part of the body. Skilled treatment of reflexes is thought to stimulate natural healing and release blocked nerve pathways or even blocked emotions. This process allows waste to be released and promotes deep relaxation and improved physical and mental well-being, often including targeted pain relief and emotional release.
At Reflexation Therapy, reflexology treatments are carried out in a relaxing atmosphere and include flowing strokes that relax and warm tissues before a systematic pattern of work is undertaken, examining and applying varied levels of therapeutic pressure to specific reflex points on the feet or hands. Your treatment ends very calmly, balancing the reflex work with gentle movements that integrate treatment points and leave you with a sense of wholeness, vitality and uplift. If you wish, after your treatment I can tell you which reflex areas have required the most rebalancing. This can be a surprising and enlightening experience at times!
Reflexology treatments at Reflexation Therapy are based on modern techniques of zone therapy and nerve reflexology, with an appreciation of the historical origins of reflexology as an holistic therapy that works to re-balance the flow of energy (living energy, neurological energy; whichever term means most to you) throughout the body.
Reflexology stimulates thousands of nerves (>14,000 in each foot) connected to the spinal cord and brain, activating neural pathways that may have become disused or poorly connected due to pattens of chronic stress or tension.
Reflexology is an holistic treatment, based on an understanding that the body and mind are connected and responsive to each other. The beneficial effects of reflexology are far reaching, both physically and psychologically. Some of the key benefits and those supported by clinical evidence, are summarised below:
Reflexology treatments to the feet or hands induce calm breathing and a state of deep relaxation in which the body becomes optimally enabled to heal itself. With a relaxed nervous system, stress hormones subside and the immune system and other body systems can function efficiently, removing toxins, fighting infections, digesting and carrying out tissue repair and regeneration.
Deep relaxation during reflexology typically results in reduced muscular tension and increased circulation, encouraging elimination of waste and toxins that may accumulate in tense or blocked areas.
Clinical studies carried out in Denmark have shown that reflexology is effective at improving and curing migraines and tension headaches, greatly improving chronic constipation, reducing blood pressure anomalies, reducing anxiety and reducing joint pain and immobility (including arthritis).
Reflexology is often used as a complementary therapy for those wishing to promote healthy conception, pregnancy and birth; clinical studies have shown reflexology to be beneficial in reducing pain and increasing calm in pregnancy and during labour. Research in China found 84% of that women with disorders of the reproductive system and pelvis (infertility, cysts, endometriosis, pelvic inflammation) experienced a full cure after reflexology. In parallel studies, type II diabetes patients treated with reflexology all showed more stable blood sugar metabolism when compared to a medication-treated group. Laura Norman in The Reflexology Handbook goes as far as to say that reflexology helps clients ward off illnesses, often finding their immune systems stronger and less susceptible to common diseases such as colds and flu.
Reflexology is a beneficial complementary therapy for those looking for relief from chronic conditions related to or exacerbated by stress, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), ME, fibromyalgia, IBS and auto-immune diseases. Clients frequently report that reflexology treatments results in revitalised energy, increasing base levels of energy and bringing a sense of inner strength, resilience and vitality.
Reflexology often brings a sense of emotional release, with long lasting clarity of mind, sense of purpose and an overall improvement in emotional well-being. It is used very beneficially to help clients overcome mental health issues such as depression, and it can provide a valuable means of helping people struggling with bereavement and other emotional loss. Reflexology has been shown to comfort those with terminal illnesses and dementia conditions such as Alzheimer’s, as it can replace distressing fear or confusion with a sense of deep calm. On a similar theme, reflexology can promote secure emotional bonds, bringing a sense of assurance to those who may be building or rebuilding their self-esteem.
To find out more about where modern reflexology techniques come from and how they are used, take a peek at this:
To read more about the origins and history of reflexology, check out this article:
Reflexation Therapy primarily offers treatments at therapy spaces in Falmouth (Greenbank) and Penryn Campus Sports Centre. I can offer treatments to clients elsewhere in Cornwall or at home, under special circumstances and by special arrangement. See Locations for more details.