Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.
WHAT TO EXPECT
On the first visit, the reflexology practitioner will conduct a full personal consultation. The consultation enables the treatment to be tailored to your specific needs. A reflexology treatment lasts for approximately one hour. It generally starts with applying pressure to the feet first, and then the hands. Following treatment, any significant findings will be discussed with you. As the effects of reflexology are cumulative, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments.
In order to gain maximum benefit from your reflexology treatment one should try to rest and take things easy as this helps to boost the body's natural healing abilities. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is transitory and is a part of the healing process. Reflexology helps oneself to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level thereby encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of our lives.
There is no convincing evidence that reflexology is effective for any medical condition. Concerns have been raised by medical professionals that treating potentially serious illnesses with reflexology, which has no proven efficacy, could delay the seeking of appropriate medical treatment.