How can Reflexology help me?
A wealth of research evidence now available shows that symptoms of many long-term conditions can be relieved and potentially improved successfully through complementary care. Orthodox and conventional treatments can be enhanced with reflexology, with treatments plans created specifically for an individual client, both supporting and enhancing their health.
Reflexology is a proven stress buster and therefore acts as a preventative measure by helping to de-stress and reduce anxiety. Stress is a major contributing factor to ill health: the common risk factor of 75%–90% diseases, including the diseases which cause the foremost morbidity and mortality.
The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show: The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2018/19 was 602,000, a prevalence rate of 1,800 per 100,000 workers. This was not statistically significantly different from the previous period.
We all have periods of short term stress – a short term response to an immediate problem – that will quickly fade without any long term effects. However, when people fail to manage it stress effectively, the body becomes exhausted and is susceptible to illness and disease. It is widely recognised that stress causes disease, including and not limited to, heart problems, digestive problems, and immune system problems – more information can be seen on health websites such as WebMD.
Stress is one of the main reasons why clients come and see me, many conditions have a root cause in stress. Left unchecked, stress can gradually weaken the body, affect sleep and energy levels and can eventually lead to illness.
Reflexology can support women through various stages of their lives. Symptoms associated with painful menstrual periods and pre-menstrual syndrome tension (PMS), as well as many of the symptoms associated with the menopause including low mood, insomnia, headaches, night sweats and hot flushes can be alleviated by reflexology treatments.
What Benefits can be Expected?
Available research evidence supports reflexology as having the potential to help:
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Have a look at the 'Research' section of this website for relevant articles / research on conditions, including:
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Adapting Reflexology for Palliative Care:
Reflexology can help with both the emotional and physical consequences of dealing with life-threatening illness. It can help to improve well-being, relieve anxiety and can often reduce side-effects of some medical treatments.
Reflexology for Enhancing Fertility and Maternity Care:
Reflexology techniques for balancing the endocrine and reproductive systems. It provides support for couples experiencing fertility problems and pre and postnatal care.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), meridians are perceived to be a network of pathways conveying energy and blood (lifeforce) around the body. Points along the meridians are used in acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). In reflexology, acupoints are worked on the feet, lower legs, hands and forearms. The results of a treatment can be enhanced by incorporating meridian channels.
Our bodies and minds are inextricably linked. NEPIP focuses on the nervous, endocrine and immune systems of the body and how the psychology of the mind adversely affects health and resistance to disease. This is an amazing and relatively new reflexology technique which is very effective for stress management. Currently, the study of NEPIP techniques is exclusive to Level 5 practitioners.