I trained in Reflexology to provide my clients with hands-on treatment to complement my herbal medicine practice or be offered as a stand-alone service. It has been fascinating to combine my experience and knowledge of how the body works as a series of systems in harmony and I’m loving how this information helps me to help my clients in different ways. I feel it has been the missing piece I didn’t know I had in my treatment repertoire. I’m delighted with the feedback I’m getting so far and there’s often already a wait for this very popular therapy.
Reflexology uses massage techniques to work reflex points in the feet, hands, ears and face (I most commonly use the feet). These reflex points are associated with different parts of the body and treatment brings about balance and homeostasis. Chambers Clark et al (1999) describe Reflexology as the application of pressure to reflex areas of the feet and hands that correspond with areas of the bodies according to a foot/hand map. ‘As a reflexologist works each reflex, it triggers a release of stress and tension in the corresponding area or body zone, as well as an overall relaxation response’ (Byers, D cited by Chambers Clark et all, 1999 pp464-5). The Complementary & Natural Health Council (CNHC) cites Skills for Health (2010) in saying…
Reflexology is the study and practice of treating reflex points and areas in the feet and hands that relate to corresponding parts of the body. Using precise hand and finger techniques a reflexologist can improve circulation, induce relaxation and enable homeostasis. These three outcomes can activate the body’s own healing systems to heal and prevent ill health.
As a member of the Association of Reflexologists, I am committed to continuing their professional development.