Reflexology - feet, face, children
Reflexology is a treatment that may benefit the whole body through the manipulation of the feet or hands.
Originally derived from a practice used by the Ancient Chinese and Egyptians, it was only in the last century that the feet and hands were considered to be a map of the body. Quite simply, they are divided into zones. All parts and organs of the body, internal and external, fall into these zones according to their position in the body.
Reflexology works on the principle that, through the manipulation of the feet or hands, the body’s energy channels are cleared. Physical or mental problems may arise due to blocked energy channels. These blockages manifest themselves in the feet or hands. A reflexology treatment will help to dissipate the blockages, correct imbalances, clear energy channels and restore the body’s equilibrium.
The first reflexology treatment is longer than subsequent treatments as a comprehensive medical overview is taken at the beginning. I treat feet exactly as they are presented – verrucas are covered up, cuts/bruises are handled gently – I can work round any issues. Some people find areas a little uncomfortable, or even painful, but this tenderness eases; these are the blockages that are being alleviated. Clients find that they may become very drowsy, have a tingling sensation or feel energised – these are all normal reactions and indicate that the treatment is working.
It’s important to drink plenty of water after a treatment as a lot of toxins are released so the water helps to flush them out. The client is likely to have a deep, refreshing sleep but might notice some less pleasant responses to the treatment the following day. These are known as a “healing crisis” and responses may include strong-smelling breath or urine, a break-out of spots, a headache or even flu-like symptoms. These are signs that the toxins are working their way out of the body. They do not last but they are an important indication that the client is recovering from their condition.
Similar to foot reflexology, Facial reflexology is a treatment that benefits the whole body through the massage of different points (reflexes) on the face that correspond to parts of the body. During the treatment, the individual’s healing system is stimulated to help clear toxins resulting in a sense of revitalisation and balance.
In addition to helping the body function at its optimal level, Facial reflexology helps promote the production of new skin tissue and improve skin tone so that the individual can benefit from a younger, more radiant and glowing complexion.
The treatment begins with the removal of any makeup or debris from the face followed by some gentle, effleurage (massage) movements of the face, neck and shoulders. Oil is then applied to the skin. The start of the Facial reflexology sequence focuses on the reflex points around the eyes and forehead. Through tiny yet powerful massage movements the individual begins to feel deeply relaxed, the skin on the forehead and around the eyes is subtly smoothed out and the eyes and complexion become brighter and clearer.
Attention is then turned to the reflex points along and underneath the cheekbones as well as around the mouth. Subsequently the focus moves to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and along the jaw line, the movements have now become larger to help release tension in an area that can become very tight and congested. This is followed by massage of the ears. The sequence is repeated and massage of the head and scalp, incorporating Indian head massage techniques, is carried out.
People who may benefit from this treatment are as follows:
• For individuals under a lot of stress as the face’s close proximity to the brain and cranial nerves mean that a deep level of relaxation can be experienced quickly
• For anyone that wishes to see their complexion and eyes rejuvenated with the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles over time
• For people that are looking for relief from sinusitis and congestion
• For anyone that suffers with tightness of the jaw and TMJ (temporomandibular joint)
• For anyone suffering anxiety and/or poor sleep and wishes to experience a deep sense of calm and relaxation
• For those that wish to boost a low immune system
The benefits of reflexology are by no means limited to adults. It can help various issues that children and babies suffer such as digestive disorders, disturbed sleep and ear problems. Increasingly, reflexology’s extremely calming benefits are seen to have a powerful impact on children that are tense or have an anxiety disorder as well as babies that are agitated or restless.
The synopses below give an idea of how babies and children have benefited from reflexology:
M – eight-year-old M has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and struggles to switch off and relax. Within a few moments of his first treatment, he “let go” and became peaceful. He enjoyed a good, refreshing night’s sleep that night.
A – 10-year-old A has been coming for regular reflexology sessions for over a year to help her with the demands of school and after school life and maintain balance. She relaxes well and over time, she has found she is able to confide in me on any worries or insecurities that she is experiencing and is always significantly more contented afterwards.
I – five-year-old I visited me several times during a winter period suffering with uncomfortable and blocked ears which meant that she couldn’t hear properly; this had a knock on effect on her confidence at school. She visited the ear specialist every 3 months, who always reported that her hearing was below average. After a series of 8-10 treatments, she visited the specialist again and her hearing tested as normal.
L – three-year-old L’s Mum is a regular client who enjoys reflexology once a month for relaxation and battery recharging. When L was restless and sleeping poorly at night then waking up exhausted and irritable, she thought she’d see if it had the same effect on him as it did on her. At the initial session he became serene very quickly and entered a trance-like state. He slept more deeply and calmly as a result. After a few sessions, his sleep settled into a more relaxed pattern.
J – three-month-old J has been suffering with tummy pain, constipation and digestive trouble since birth which has led to much distress and several crying sessions throughout the day. After each of his reflexology sessions, he becomes very still and calm, the tension dissipates and he usually fills his nappy very soon afterwards. He is continuing with treatments.