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Find a Reflexologist in your area

Reflexology is a natural, holistic treatment, which works by activating and supporting the bodys natural healing mechanisms. Practised over 4000 years ago by the early Chinese, Indians and Egyptians, it has developed today into a modern and well-recognised complementary therapy.

The treatment is based on the discovery that there are points on the feet and hands which correspond to organs, systems, and structures within the body. Reflexology uses special pressure techniques to stimulate the points on the feet and hands corresponding with the internal organs and structures. By releasing blockages which can interfere with the bodys natural energy flow, Reflexology is able to treat a wide range of conditions, just a few examples being stress, headaches, migraine, digestive disorders, and joint-related problems. As well as relieving the symptoms, regular treatment helps to clear the underlying cause of the imbalances. Above all, Reflexology helps to restore the bodys natural balance and promote a feeling of relaxation and well-being.

On your first visit to a Reflexologist, there should be a full consultation with the practitioner. A medical history will be taken and some general details about your lifestyle noted all in complete confidence. The Reflexologist then begins to work on your feet, or possibly your hands if necessary, noting problem areas. There will usually be some massage at the beginning and end of a treatment to enhance the experience and promote further relaxation. During the treatment, there may be discomfort in some places, but it is fleeting and may be an indication of congestion or imbalance in the corresponding part of the body. For the most part, the sensation is pleasant and soothing. Reflexology will relax and de-stress you while stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms.

Usually a treatment session lasts for about one hour, but this may vary depending on your body's needs. Your Reflexologist will discuss this with you at the first session and will explain different ways in which the body can respond to Reflexology. Treatment costs vary but as a guide a one hour session normally costs between 28 and 45. In Britain, the two main professional bodies which represent Reflexologists and accredit training courses are: The Association of Reflexologists and the British Reflexology Association. The more general International Therapy Examination Council also trains Reflexologists. Look for the letters MAR, MBRA, MIIR (Reg'd), or ITEC after a practitioner's name.

Contributed by
Samantha Forrest. Associate AoR

Basic guide to Reflexology points on the foot.

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