Reflexology is so much more than just a foot massage (not that there’s anything wrong with foot massages, of course). It is actually a holistic treatment which affects all parts of the body by applying pressure to points on the feet, hands and ears. It’s one of those treatments that has many health benefits but just feels great too so people often treat themselves to reflexology even if they don’t have any specific ailments. A real bonus to just treating yourself to a luxurious reflexology session at our Hove spa is that it is so relaxing that it helps alleviate the affects of stress, improves blood flow, boosts the immune system, increases energy and helps to improve nerve function.
How it Works
The ancient theory of reflexology is related to the flow of qi in the body and that there are points on the feet which relate to every major organ or system in the body. By applying pressure to these points, the reflexologist can tap in to those parts promoting healing by improving the qi flow to those areas. Although modern scientists can’t prove that this is how reflexology benefits you, they can prove that the deep relaxation in promotes in the mind and body is hugely beneficial to overall wellbeing as well as a few specific issues.
What it Helps
Reflexology has many similar benefits to other forms of massage which profoundly relax the muscles. An immediate benefit is pain relief and help with problems associated with very tense muscles. Like other types of massage, reflexology reduces the stress hormone cortisol and increases feel good hormones like serotonin and oxytocin. These hormones are also natural painkillers. Relaxing muscles also means toxins stored in the muscles are flushed out and wounds or injuries are encouraged to heal more quickly. Because of the high number of nerve endings in the feet (which is why it hurts so much when you tread on Lego), the entire nervous system is stimulated when you have reflexology and it has an excellent track record of helping to relieve headaches and migraines. Another positive affect on the head is that it relieves stress and can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety too. Finally, as you would imagine, it’s also very good at relieving tension and aches in the feet.
What to Expect from your Reflexology Session
When you meet your reflexologist at The Float Spa, they will speak to you before they begin to establish exactly what you’d like to get out of your session so they can tailor the treatment to best suit your requirements. If you’re just looking for a lovely relaxing experience, they can provide that too. The main concern people have with reflexology is worrying that it will tickle their feet. The kind of pressure and techniques applied are intended to not tickle but if a particular part of the treatment does feel ticklish, just let your therapist know and they will adjust it accordingly. Although the pressure can sometimes be quite strong, no part of the treatment should be painful so if you do experience any sharp or unexpected discomfort, please let your therapist know. You should leave the session feeling deeply relaxed but full of energy and clear headed.
For more information about reflexology or to book an appointment at our centre in Hove, call 01273 975647 or you can book online by clicking here.