Your feet are amazing!
They work hard and they deserve total recognition for all that they do. As a Reflexologist, we hear so many times how our clients hate their feet or that they are the worst feet we will have seen or that they have ticklish feet or hate having their feet touched. We don’t worry about any of this! I have treated many clients who have ticklish feet but the pressure we use during the Reflexology treatments is too firm to be ticklish. As I start the treatment I ask “Is this ticklish?” The answer is always a “No”. The client at the end of the treatment is always completely relaxed and surprised at how much they enjoyed the treatment and how different the treatment was to how they had imagined it would be.
Reflexology is a treatment that involves a firm massage to all areas of the feet. There are areas on the feet that correspond to parts of the body. Through this your Reflexologist can see what areas may be out of balance and can work on the areas. The largest benefit of receiving a Reflexology treatment is the deep relaxation that it brings. I’ve never received a treatment that provides more relaxation or that lasts longer than Reflexology. It’s an amazing treatment and if you haven’t tried it, it’s definitely worth finding a good Reflexologist (Word of mouth is the best way). The hands can be used as well as the feet but as a therapist I very much feel that Reflexology to the feet is so much better, more effective and more responsive.
I won’t go into the history of where it all began as plenty of articles and blogs will do that. What I will tell you is that I have treated many clients who have received great benefit from this wonderful treatment and it has helped clients with specific health issues. It’s not a cure for all and any Reflexologist worth your pennies won’t ever tell you that Reflexology can cure illness and we certainly can’t diagnose conditions. This we leave to the GPs and Consultants. It’s important to me as a Reflexologist that clients understand that Reflexology is Complimentary therapy and that it works hand in hand with conventional medicine and is not a substitute for it. So nothing will replace a visit to your GP if you have a health concern that needs investigating. A Reflexologist will be able to feel areas that are out of balance and may suggest a visit to the GP if during your initial consultation a particular health issue is raised and we feel that it needs further investigation if the client hasn’t already had an appointment with their GP.
However, we are all aware of how stress can cause strain on the body and mind. Stress is a biggie and mustn’t be underestimated because it underpins so many different health issues. Reflexology is one of the biggest stress busters out there and therefore regular Reflexology treatments can really help to reduce the stress levels in your life. Even after the first treatment you will notice such a difference. You will notice that your stress levels are much lower, your focus is better and the noise in your busy head is a little quieter. It’s almost like a reset switch or some time off that old rollercoaster that is life, a little recharge of the batteries. The body is made to be able to cope with a certain level of stress but our busy lifestyles that we have today can cause overloaded on the body and this can result in illness such as headaches, digestive issues, back ache, neck pain, hormonal imbalances, and insomnia. We need to be able to relax. This doesn’t come easy to some people. Some of us need to learn how to do this because it’s essential for the well being of the whole body and mind.
Some of the conditions that I have experienced very positive feedback from clients are the conditions that could be underpinned or caused by stress. Or that the stress causes a flare up so for example Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This is a very common condition that we treat with Reflexology. We look at the whole picture and will always check if the client has been to the GP, is on medication for the IBS or if they are seeing a dietician to help with finding foods or triggers that cause the flare ups.
So the bottom line is that you really should probably try Reflexology even if you don’t like your feet or you don’t like having you feet touched. Because in brief it’s an incredible treatment to receive. I am probably the biggest sceptic that you could meet and that’s probably a very good thing for a Reflexologist/Holistic Therapist to be because it means that I question everything. It also means that I won’t offer a treatment unless I totally believe that it can make a different to the client’s quality of life. I have been a Reflexologist for almost 13 years and I have never once faltered in believing that Reflexology is probably the greatest holistic therapy that you could ever have.
Your feet are most definitely worth it!