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What is Reflexology?

I have had amazing and such positive feedback from clients with all sorts of ailments and issues over the years. What really makes my job worthwhile is when people tell me that having regular Reflexology has made a real difference to their lives. Reflexology can actually have an amazing effect on your life.

There can be a lot of scepticism about Reflexology. People often say ” But how can touching someone’s feet help a specific problem like a bad shoulder, back, arthritis etc?” Let me explain…

Essentially Reflexology is a completely natural, “holistic” therapy which is well respected and well established. It goes back as far as ancient Egypt and is actually evidenced by inscriptions found in the physician’s tomb at Saqqara in Egypt. The Ancient Egyptians invented a lot of amazing things, you only have to look at the Pyramid at Giza to attest to that, so why not Reflexology?

There are 7,200 nerve endings in the feet which connect to different areas of the body. By applying direct pressure on specific areas of the foot, we can send a stimulation to the corresponding body area. In fact, to make this easier for us Reflexologists, Dr. Fitzgerald’s zone theory divides the body into ten zones – five on each side of the body—with each zone having its own nerve-stimulation pattern, so that when pressure is applied to a reflex point on that zone, a stimulation is sent to a corresponding organ or gland. Now the majority of my clients actually comment, when I am working on a particular part of their foot, they feel tingling or warmth in that area often before they tell me where they are getting that sensation, I can pinpoint say that area of imbalance.

There are channels of energy coursing through the body; each important organ and muscle is connected by a network of nerves to a tiny point on the foot where the energy terminates. As circulation in the feet slows down—through illness, wearing shoes, or lack of exercise—crystalline deposits form at the nerve endings. By working a deep-compression foot technique, the deposits are broken up, encouraging the whole body to keep perking along at peak efficiency.

We are all subject to a certain amount of stress, tension, and worry which may cause imbalances within our energy system and lead to symptoms associated with colds, flu, or headaches. We commonly find that specific reflex points are congested and painful during these times, and frequently they feel as if there are gains of sand under the skin. The grains are made up mostly of uric acid or calcium crystals, which can form when our bodies are out of balance. These crystals may cause blockages around nerve endings in the feet and decrease normal stimulation of glands and organs.

By using deep compression in the form of a caterpillar crawl, we can crush or disperse the crystals around these nerve endings so they can be reabsorbed by the blood and lymph system and excreted from the body. Reflexology can assist the body by relaxing it and stimulating blocked nerve endings, which has the effect of stimulating sluggish glands and organs to regain their normal functioning.

And the proof is in the response I have had from every client I have seen over the years! Some come with an open mind but others come with a more skeptical approach and are surprised by how overcome they are with a feeling of deep relaxation and describe themselves as “walking on air”.

So why not take a leap of faith and do something positive for YOU today and book a Reflexology treatment at Sleeping Beauty Therapies

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What is Reflexology?

I have been truly dedicated to and qualified in Reflexology and Massage and their amazing benefits since 2005.

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