Reflexology is a complementary treatment that is believed to have many benefits and ailments it can treat. It is believed it can sometimes also be beneficial in helping those with common mental health illnesses such as depression and anxiety. When choosing to seek reflexology therapy it is likely you have lots of questions about what to expect. Some apprehension is common if using reflexology is new to you. We at Seek a Therapy want to help answer your questions and concerns surrounding the therapy. This way you can be confident in selecting the right therapist for you. Discover on this page some of the most common questions a person may have before treatment of this ancient healing method.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a technique that applies gentle pressure to your feet or hands to bring about a state of relaxation and help the body’s own healing process.
Reflexology works in a similar way to acupressure and acupuncture. It is thought that there are certain points on the feet and hands that correspond to the organs and glands in the body. So by pressing and massaging these points it can stimulate energy pathways in the body. If any energy pathways are blocked reflexology aims to unblock them, allowing the energy to flow freely again which aims to restore balance to the body.
Reflexology is an ancient Japanese energy healing therapy that focuses on seven main energy centres, called chakras, in your body.
Chakras are believed to be the energy centres that make us who we are and when out of balance is understood to cause illness.
Reiki practitioners believe that our natural energy should flow freely through our chakras in order for us to be healthy in body, mind, and spirit.
Practitioners believe that if we are ill in any way it is usually because our energy paths are blocked. Through the practice of Reiki, it is believed that energy centres can be rebalanced and allow our body’s natural healing ability to take place.
What Parts Of The Foot Do Reflexologists Understand Relate To Which Internal Organs?
As already mentioned, in this therapy a therapist will look at your feet and identify areas to be worked upon. Applying pressure to certain areas. In the above video, the registered massage therapists talk you through some of the areas that refer to which internal organs. The idea of working on the feet is to release energy and blockages to those areas to heal themselves and function better.
What Are Reflexologists Looking For?
Reflexologists need to look for abnormalities in the feet. This can include calcifications and stagnant fluids. When these abnormalities are corrected then energy is able to flow easier. Many therapists believe it is similar to a spa service and also provides extra levels of relaxation. As well as helping to heal the body naturally. It helps those who may feel stressed or in need of some ‘me time’ to help with their mental and physical health.
Reflexology is also often a treatment offered to cancer patients to help with relieving pain and easing anxiety and stress. Some also believe it can reduce back problems, boost the immune system, help reduce arthritic pain, reduce digestion problems, and even help with infertility.
How Much Does A Typical Reflexology Session Cost?
If you have reflexology privately, it will usually cost between £25 and £65 for a 60-minute treatment. Costs can vary depending on where you live. It is important to have your treatments with a qualified therapist.
Although Reflexology can sometimes be used in the NHS and be free for some ailments, it is a complementary holistic therapy that is offered mostly in private practice. We have several reflexologist specialists in our directory in the UK, USA, Europe, and Asia. Costs range from £30/$40 per session and sometimes can go up to £60/$100. On occasions, it can be more depending upon the therapist’s experience. Sometimes Reflexology can be combined with other services such as reiki or massage.
How Do I Know Which Reflexologist To Choose?
One of the most important parts of any therapy is the relationship between yourself and the therapist. This helps you to be able to trust and allow someone into your personal space. Your therapist should discuss with you before your therapy starts what to expect and answer any questions you may have before your treatment begins.
When you find the right reflexologist that offers you the level of relaxation you seek then you will benefit from a greater therapy experience.
What If It Doesn’t Work For Me?
First of all, don’t worry!
If you think Reflexology is the right therapy but you have the wrong therapist then you have every right to seek a second opinion. You will not offend your therapist, they just want you to heal from your difficulty as best you can.
If, on the other hand, you don’t feel Reiki is working at all then do not be disheartened. There are many, many different types of therapy to try and Reiki is only one.
Use our therapy directory to find different therapy. You may find other therapies work better than others. The key is not to think any therapy is your only option. There are many routes and treatments to try.
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Please note: This information should not replace professional medical advice, it is purely for informational purposes. At all times when you are in crisis please first seek help from your GP or another medical professional. Thank you