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Information on Reflexology and Frequently Asked Questions

I am often asked “what is the main reason clients’ look into reflexology and what is the main reason clients’ seek help and support?”

This is a two part question which is easy to answer.

Clients usually seek out a reflexologist, when they have tried other therapies or had lots of trips to the doctor. Many clients’ by the time they contact me, have really not found what they are looking for as a complete holistic therapy or clinical support.

Usually it is through exploring search engines or reading an article on alternative therapies or a recommendation from a friend, who has had success with reflexology.

There are also clients who are looking for something that may help them, which doesn’t mean they have to take medication immediately, they want to try something as natural as possible to begin with and see how they progress.

Some clients have been feeling unwell for a long time and are willing to try a therapy which is not intrusive. There are also a large number of clients who receive medical treatment and want something which will help to support them through a difficult time.

So what is the main reason I treat people?

Apart from a large number of clients whom I see for clinical reasons which include-fertility issues, pregnancy support, neurological issues and muscular skeletal issues the main reason is by far stress and anxiety. It is, as we all know a hazard of modern day living which is extremely stressful and can cause health issues, short term, chronic and acute.

Reflexology has many benefits which can include deep relaxation, holistic balance and stress and anxiety relief. Reflexology is well thought of in many medical spheres and is recognised by healthcare professionals as beneficial.

I think that Reflexology is a therapy which appeals to so many as it is suitable for everyone –men, women, children, young and old. It can benefit general good health and well being.

Reflexology is something that can be continued for a lifetime and can enhance and maintain good health.

What is well being and how can reflexology help to achieve this?

For a long time clients have reported back to me that they feel more grounded, more in control and have feelings of improved well being, feel less stressed and anxious following a reflexology session.

Talking with other reflexologists and reading reflexology journals, it is well recorded clients’ constantly tell us that they have feelings of improved well being and relaxation after reflexology. How is this possible, how does reflexology help to achieve this? When asking myself this question I thought I should firstly look at the definition of well being.

The University of Cambridge definition is this:

“Well being refers to positive and sustainable characteristics which enable individuals and organisations to thrive and flourish” It continues to say “Well being is a positive outcome that is meaningful for people and for many sectors of society, because it tells us that people perceive that their lives are going well.”

The Centres for disease control and prevention states this “there is no consensus around a single definition of well being but there is a general agreement that at minimum well being includes the presence of positive emotions and moods e.g. contentment and happiness and the absence of negative emotions e.g. depression and anxiety”

In more simplistic terms, well being could be described as feeling life is more positive, you feel good, relaxed, less stressed and therefore more balanced.

Having read the definitions and information from journals as well as notes from clients, my thoughts are this, well being is all about feeling more balanced –less anxious and stressed, helping to alleviate symptoms of an illness, condition, chronic or acute.

If you consider stress and anxiety this could be caused by a single situation or a difficult time in your life that needs some positive input. This could be a walk, a session at the gym or a holistic therapy such as reflexology, anything that suits the needs of the individual. These will help to create balance. But how do they achieve this feeling of balance?

The premise and idea is that reflexology works on balance, which it does appear to achieve, although it is anecdotal in its findings.

There is also the thinking that during any reflexology session the endocrine system is worked and this affects the body dramatically. So whatever is your reason for seeking reflexology it will have a good affect and help with balancing and has a calming and relaxing effect.

In conclusion I think it is true to say that reflexology is a non intrusive, ancient therapy which appeals to many people and does appear to have a very calming, balancing effect and one way it does this is through the endocrine or hormonal system. Health is more than the absence of disease or ill health. Reflexology appears to aid with general good health so it is a positive therapy for all.

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