REFLEXOLOGY

Jill Lisson                       Gillian Robertson

Roslyn Douglas           

Uses

The client's case history leads to the treatment protocol so that the technique is tailored to the needs of the client. Therapists may use foot, hand and ear reflexology in the one session, or select the reflex area they feel is most appropriate for the client. Reflexology can assist with:

  • sinus pain
  • asthma
  • menopausal symptoms
  • pre-menstrual syndrome and other menstrual irregularities
  • constipation and diarrhea
  • sciatica
  • migraines
  • back, neck and shoulder pain
hand reflexology

Benefits

Reflexology has many beneficial and lasting effects. All treatments are gentle in nature, aiming to restore systems for better function while others are more specific, addressing the client's particular conditions. The benefits of reflexology include:

  • stimulation of nerve function and the central nervous system
  • increase in overall energy levels
  • improved circulation
  • deep relaxation
  • toxin removal
  • prevention of migraines and headaches
  • decrease in pain levels
  • improved digestive function
  • decrease in anxiety
  • acceleration of recovery after injury or surgery
  • support to relieve sleep disorders

Reflexology can also help ease the side effects of cancer treatments, such as anxiety, insomnia and vomiting or other indigestion issues that are commonly experienced. It may be beneficial to stimulate antioxidant activity to slow cancer spread.

It can be beneficial for pregnant women, particularly to reduce the length and intensity of labour and post-partum recovery time. Beyond that, due to many of the health benefits outlined above, reflexology treatment may reduce the likelihood of post-natal depression and can also assist a woman’s body heal itself faster and return to its normal metabolic activity quickly.

 

Information adapted from Natural Therapy Pages and Reflexology Association of Australia.

Therapist doing massage on a woman's ear
Close-up shot of three month baby girl receiving foot massage from a female massage therapist. Camera is focused on infant's feet. Face is blurred in background.