Therapeutic Reflexology

Therapeutic Reflexology is a system of physical treatment that seeks to promote healing and wellbeing through pressure and manipulation of reflex points on the feet and hands.  It is a safe, non-invasive therapy – no injections, needles or violence


What is Therapeutic Reflexology

Therapeutic Reflexology is a system of physical treatment that seeks to promote healing and wellbeing through pressure and manipulation of reflex points on the feet and hands.

Therapeutic Reflexology follows a holistic view of the body which regards the body as a dynamic ecosystem in which all aspects of physical functioning are interrelated. Based on this theoretical approach and through much practical experience, Reflexologists have found that they can plot ‘reflex’ points on various parts of the body as they relate to internal organs and functional systems. In this way, ‘maps’ of reflected points are available for feet, hands, ears, the face, and various other areas of the body. This idea is closely related to iridology that plots the various parts of the body in the iris of the eyes.

Reflexologists most commonly utilize the soles of the feet as an entry point for effecting change in the body’s functioning. The aim is to encourage your body to achieve and maintain balance through improved blood circulation and nerve messaging, detoxification, and achievement of optimal functioning of all the body’s organs and systems. In effect, Reflexology aims to counteract the energy blockages caused by the chronic stress of the modern lifestyle and diet.

Best of all, Therapeutic Reflexology is a safe, non-invasive therapy – no injections, needles or violence.

What Therapeutic Reflexology Can Do for You:

  • Help attain physical balance for overall well-being
  • Reduce the effects of stress, improve sleep, enable relaxation
  • Manage chronic health conditions
  • Support recovery from acute illnesses or life crises
  • Improve quality of life
  • Empower you to manage your own wellbeing

It is also important to note that in South Africa, Therapeutic Reflexologists are by law registered with the Allied Health Professions Council. This means that they are held to a professional ethical standard and see themselves strictly as complimentary (not alternative) practitioners who acknowledge the value of other healing systems. Reputable Reflexologists are happy to work alongside medical doctors and other therapists.

Therapeutic Reflexology Treatment

A typical Therapeutic Reflexology treatment session runs for approximately 30 minutes, however the first session normally runs to 50 minutes as a medical history is taken and much talking, questioning and discussion takes place.

A treatment consists of deep manipulation of reflex referral points on the feet that relate to the organs of the body. This process is quite relaxing but can at times be mildly painful where points of blockage or dis-ease are present. Painful points on the feet normally indicate areas that need most attention and will prompt the Reflexologist to spend more time and apply more pressure to these reflex areas.

The face-to-face process of a Therapeutic Reflexology treatment also enables a Reflexologist to approach every client from a holistic perspective, taking into account both constitution and temperament – the whole person is treated rather than focusing on a single narrowly defined problem.

How You Can Expect to Feel

The range of reactions to a Reflexology treatment are as wide as the diversity of individuals. It is often difficult to accurately predict how a specific person will react. In general terms, the following responses are common within the first 24 to 48 hours of a treatment:

  • Good healing sleep
  • Increased thirst
  • More frequent visits to the bathroom
  • Detoxification effects such as headaches, fuzzy-headedness or slight nausea (normally clears within two days of treatment)
  • A temporary increase in symptoms in chronic conditions such as sinusitis and arthritis

After the initial effects of the treatment have worn off, most clients report an increased sense of well-being and a feeling of being more relaxed.

Frequency of Treatments

In this instance the client is entirely in charge and you must decide, what works best for you – taking into consideration your lifestyle, treatment goals and budget.

Experience has shown that long term chronic conditions respond best to regular treatment regimes that may initially require weekly or even twice weekly treatments which become less frequent as wellbeing improves. Many Reflexology clients start out with closely spaced regular treatments that they then space out to perhaps once a month or once every six weeks for health maintenance; once treatment goals have been achieved.

As every case is unique, it is difficult to put a definite timing on how long it will take Reflexology to show results for an individual person. Desired results are often obtained immediately after the first session, however in some challenging situations a period of six weeks is required before one can assess whether Reflexology is working for you or not. As a rule of thumb; if you have been challenged by a health issue for many years, it would need 6 weeks of treatment for every year you have lived with a particular condition. It must also be acknowledged that certain conditions, particularly those of genetic origin, cannot be cured or reversed. In these cases Reflexology plays a valuable role in managing the condition and alleviating unnecessary suffering.

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