Reflexology Reactions

May 30, 2017

Reflexologists believe that specific areas on the feet and ankles correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the body. Correlation has been observed between numerous medical conditions and various sensations in the feet, so it is possible to map the organs of the body to specific points on the feet. (For example, the big toes represent the head, or the ball of the foot represents the chest area). Therefore, by massaging the feet, all parts of the body can be “treated”. Similarly, the same mirroring happens in the hands. So, if it is not possible to treat the feet, then the hands do equally well.

Reflexology does not usually hurt, however your experience depends on the condition(s) you have.

During treatment you may experience:

  • A  state of relaxation or wellbeing
  • Some physical sensations, such as, twitching or tingling, discomfort, a bruised feeling, or even a quite sharp sensation at specific points
  • An emotional reaction, such as, feeling tearful

After treatment the therapist explains that, for up to 24 hours, you may experience:

  • A feeling of well-being
  • Awareness of feeling relaxed, rejuvenated or invigorated
  • Some exacerbation of presenting symptoms, eg, diarrhoea, muscle ache, headache
  • Physical symptoms, such as, mild headache
  • Extreme tiredness or feeling sleepy
  • Emotional reaction, like tearfulness

These reactions are called “the healing crisis” and are believed to be evidence that the body is dealing with biochemical, physical and possibly spiritual, effects of the treatment.

Most conditions benefit from reflexology treatment, and therefore, reflexology is suitable for most poeple.  You should talk to a reflexologist prior to treatment if you have any questions or concerns about the suitability of reflexology for you.




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