What it is and what can I expect?
Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary therapy involving gentle pressure to specific points on the feet or hands, stimulating local sensory receptors to produce an effect elsewhere in the body.
The benefits of Reflexology stem from its ability to initiate a deep sense of relaxation and wellbeing.
Reflexology is frequently used alongside medical treatment, particularly in the management of stress-related conditions. The most common feedback we receive in our Chester clinic is an improvement in levels of relaxation, enhanced general wellbeing, and reduced perception of stress.
Reduction in stress, along with its associated physiological, emotional and behavioural implications, holds long term health benefits for both body and mind. This leads many to seek Reflexology solely for relaxation and maintenance of long term wellbeing amidst the stresses and strains of modern day life.
Because the physical therapy is focused on the extremities, with no need to remove clothing, there is less likelihood of feeling any personal space invasion and more scope to focus on deep breathing techniques, mindfulness, or simply ‘switching off’.
A course of regular Reflexology treatments in our Chester centre allow continuity of care and development of a professional therapeutic relationship between practitioner and client that may sometimes feel missed in an increasingly time-pressured national healthcare system.
Reflexology is used by many on a regular basis in order to maintain long term wellbeing. Most people can receive and benefit from Reflexology, provided they do not have any contraindications.
What is it best for?
Reflexology can be beneficial when considering the following health conditions;
- Stress & anxiety
- Back pain
- Poor digestion
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- menopausal symptoms
- Period pain
Who can have Reflexology?
Reflexology is a safe and non-invasive treatment. There are however certain conditions that mean foot Reflexology should be avoided, including:
- Acute foot pain / foot injuries
- Blood clotting problems such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Infection in the foot
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Severe swelling of the lower limbs and feet, known as oedema
- Ulceration of the foot / lower leg
In most circumstances, the benefits of Reflexology may still be experienced by treating the hands instead of the feet. Always seek medical advice first if you are unsure.
Reflexology does not aim to diagnose or cure and should be used as a complement to, rather than a substitute for, traditional medical treatment.
Reflexology does not aim to diagnose or cure and is not a substitute for medical treatment. The ultimate aim of the therapy is to promote relaxation and improved wellbeing.
Reflexology in Pregnancy and Parenthood
Reflexology using 'Reflex Zone Therapy' is a specific clinical style of reflexology suited to maternity care and can help with:
- Anxiety, fear and tension
- Tiredness and insomnia
- Nausea, vomiting and excessive saliva
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Backache, sciatica, symphysis pubis discomfort and pelvic pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Preparing your body to start labour
- Lactation and breastfeeding issues
A Specialist Pregnancy and Postnatal Service is provided by a Specialist Midwife from Mother Nurture here at Beehive Healthcare.
Which therapists provide this massage?
We are fortunate at The Beehive to have four experienced therapists Wayne (MingXing) Lin, Gemma Taylor and Lynsey McCabe. They work on different days and specialise in different areas which means there's lots of opportunities in the week when you can benefit from this great massage at our Chester clinic.
Gemma Taylor (Pregnancy and up to 6 weeks post natal only)
Because we believe in integrated care and ensuring you have the best treatment for you, there is a lot of choice at the Beehive. We understand that this can be confusing but all massage treatments start with a consultation where you can discuss your personal health and well being issues. The therapist will advise you if they feel an alternative treatment would be more beneficial. Alternatively contact us and we can talk you through the options.
Please get in touch with us to book an appointment and talk through your options;
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