What is Reflexology?
Reflexology can be approached on 2 different levels: well-being and health, both being linked. It helps people maintain health and keeps you in the best possible condition in a holistic point of view.
- Deep alternating pressures, (with also massaging motions), applied on reflex points of the feet corresponding to organs, glands and parts of the body.
- Those pressures stimulate the zonal pathways, improving nerve and blood supply, detoxifying congested areas, clearing blockages consequently releasing tensions and reducing pains.
- Well-being and health being linked reflexology is a holistic approach and reflexologists look both at physical and emotional states as well as life style including eating habits.
How can reflexology help me?
Reflexology does not aim to diagnose or cure and should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment. The ultimate aim of the therapy is to promote relaxation and improved wellbeing.
Reflexology is frequently used alongside medical treatment, particularly in the management of stress related conditions. The most common feedback reported is an improvement in levels of relaxation, enhanced general wellbeing, and reduced perception of stress.
Reduction in stress, along with its associated physiological, emotional and behavioural implications, holds long term health benefits for both body and mind. This leads many to seek Reflexology solely for relaxation and maintenance of long term wellbeing amidst the stresses and strains of modern day life.
Who can have Reflexology?
Reflexology is a safe and non-invasive treatment. There are however certain conditions that mean foot Reflexology should be avoided, including:
- Acute foot pain / foot injuries
- Blood clotting problems such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Infection in the foot
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Severe swelling of the lower limbs and feet, known as oedema
- Ulceration of the foot / lower leg
In most circumstances, the benefits of Reflexology may still be experienced by treating the hands instead of the feet. Always seek medical advice first if you are unsure.
Why choose reflexology?
- Everybody can benefit from reflexology, from the tiny baby to the elderly.
- No need to undress, very handy for old people or persons not being well at ease with their body. For those people reflexology is a good and easy way to gain access to well-being.
- No effort requested from the individual.
- Relaxation, mindfulness come by themselves during the session.
- Feeling of comfort and well-being during the session.
- Reflexology is totally safe, simple and effective.
- It can be safely used within the family circle after a demonstration of simple motions by the practitioner.
How does it work?
- Among all the different components of our feet is an intricate network of nerves and blood vessels.
- They contained more than 7000 nerve endings.
- The pressure applied to a nerve ending constitutes a stimulus (electrochemical impulse) and induce reactions in tissues and a physiological change.
- A message is sent through the nerve fibres, the spinal and nervous system pathway of the body.
- It helps releasing endorphins well known as pain relief for its analgesic effect.
- On some reflex points the reflexology practitioner may feel crystals. (waste products accumulated at the lowest point of gravity). They form themselves when an obstacle is placed in an energy channel and impedes the energy flow to serve an organ or gland properly.
- The reflexologist discovers and work out the sensitive spots thus breaking down the tensions, helping eliminate those toxins, supporting the protection of the immune system.
Taking Reflexology one step further - Hypnoreflexology
This treatment can be described as reflexology with guided meditation. It creates deep relaxation by balancing the body, mind and emotions. This results in the body entering a natural healing process and strong recovery especially beneficial in cases of insomnia, anxiety, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and terminal illnesses and alongside its traditional terminal treatments. Our therapist Monika Frackowiak provides this treatment.
We are fortunate at The Beehive to have four experienced therapists Wayne (MingXing) Lin, Lynsey McCabe Dr Rebecca Healey and Monika Frackowiak, they work on different days which means there's lots of opportunities in the week when you can benefit from this great massage.