At Wits End Wellness Centre Inc.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a method of bringing about relaxation, balance and healing through the stimulation of specific points on the feet, hands, or ears. It is based on the concept that every part of the body is connected by energy pathways which end in reflex areas on the feet, hands, or head. By working these areas in a precise and systematic manner using controlled pressure, the Reflexologist stimulates the body to achieve its own natural state of wholeness and good health. Tension or congestion in any part of the body is often mirrored in the corresponding reflex areas of the feet. When these vital energy pathways are blocked, the body's ability to heal itself is compromised. Reflexology can be used to restore or maintain the body's natural equilibrium and encourage healing.

What can this therapy treatment do for me?

Our modern lifestyle creates many kinds of physical, emotional, and mental stresses. When these are not released in a natural way, they may become "locked up" in our body creating a wide variety of symptoms, including poor immune response, headaches, sluggishness, and muscle aches and pains. It has been estimated that more than 75% of illness is stress related.

By helping to relax muscles, encouraging the process of circulation and the elimination of toxins, and by stimulating the production of natural chemicals in the brain, reflexology can ease pain and discomfort. Reduction of stress is achieved due to the deep, satisfying relaxation, which usually occurs during treatment. Our emotions are tied to our body feelings and therefore a state of physical relaxation can produce significant reduction of mental stress.

What happens during a treatment?

Your first treatment is typically an hour to ninety minutes long. You will complete a brief health questionnaire that summarizes your medical history and any current medication or over-the-counter drug use so that the Reflexologist can modify the treatment to best suit your needs.

You will remove your shoes and socks so that the Reflexologist can gently cleanse your feet to prepare them for the treatment. The Reflexologist will use thumbs, fingers, and palms to apply gentle pressure to your feet. For the most part, the treatment is very pleasant and soothing, although you may find fleeting moments of discomfort in areas of tension or imbalance. The Reflexologist works with sensitive, trained hands, and will use the least amount of pressure necessary to provide desired benefits.

Continued dialogue after the first treatment will give your therapist important information on how your body is responding. The goal is to provide safe and effective treatment, which encourages your body to harmonize imbalances and restore the natural healing paths your body requires. A number of sessions will probably be necessary as the benefits of reflexology build up gently and gradually. The total number of sessions, and their frequency, will depend on your own body's requirements and responses to treatment.

What happens after a treatment?

Following a treatment, there may be temporary reactions as the body readjusts and releases toxins. You may experience a feeling of well-being or relaxation, perhaps a little lethargic, "off colour" or even tearful. This is transitory and is simply a part of the healing process. You may also notice increased urine output, improved digestive function, and improved sleep. Drinking plenty of water and having a warm bath with mineral salts or Epsom salts will aid in flushing toxins from your system.

Source: Universal College of Reflexology.

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