I suppose most of us have had a foot massage at some point, and doesn’t it feel great ? Well, ‘Reflexology’ takes that to a whole new level. Pressure is applied to toes and various spots on the sole of the foot, it seems like all the tension that has built up there is being released, such a release of tension gives the body a feeling of instant relief.
Reflexology is an application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that ostensibly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the principle that such work effects a physical change to the body, the concept is that each zone or reflex corresponds to a specific organ in the body.
This is not a 'new fad' or 'the latest thing from America', oh no the principles of Reflexology healing practice have been in existence for over five thousand years. From the findings made, there is archaeological evidence that establishes the practice of reflexology in Egypt, China and Japan as early as 2700 BCE. However because we seem to lag behind the more 'enlightened' countries the practice of reflexology itself, however, only came to the western world during the 19th century.
In Reflexology, we find the feet, hands and ears are segmented into different zones or reflexes, and these zones correspond to certain parts of the body. As we know the feet and hands are very sensitive, as they have pressure sensors that are related to the flight-or-fight mechanism of the body. This energy flow through the body can be blocked in these zones, causing stress and impairs the proper function of certain organs in the body. When the organs of the body fail to do their work properly, illnesses develop. During your session it is possible that your therapist may be able to detect other underlying problems.
Often, during your Reflexology treatment, other ailments may be highlighted in this manner.
If you've never had a Reflexology treatment, we would advise you "give it a go", if only the once, we realise many people have a 'thing' about
someone touching their feet, but the advantages far out way any 'phobia' you may have. Looking forward to your next appointment then . . . .
Hot Stone Reflexology
Hot Stone Reflexology really does take Reflexology to another level helping you to feel restored, rebalanced and rejuvenated. This truly indulgent feeling treatment, using various massage techniques and warm stones, relaxes the body at its deepest level and is effective in creating harmony and balance.
The subtle energies of stones introduced into the treatment can calm the senses, help relax muscle tension and promote a reflective, meditative state. Warm stones have been used as a therapeutic tool for massage for centuries with evidence dating back to ancient Egypt, China, Japan, South America and Australia.
The effects and potential benefits of hot stones include:
heat penetrates to a much deeper level than finger pressure;
This brings about physiological changes as well as improving energy flow;
improved blood circulation & lymphatic drainage;
promotes the release & elimination of toxins;
boosts immunity and the lymphatic function;
relieves tension in connective tissues;
reduces muscular tension which will help muscles to relax and repair more efficiently;
it is warming, deeply relaxing & soothing helping to melt away any tension or anxiety;
helps to bring about a balance of body as well as mind.
Use of Hot Stones in Reflexology
Hot stones can be incorporated into a reflexology treatment to further enhance the benefits of the treatment. It is estimated that one stroke of a hot stone is worth five strokes with the hand! It is also believed to yield five times deeper and five times longer lasting effects compared to a “normal” reflexology session. The heat helps to relax the muscles in the feet allowing the therapist to work deeper into the reflex areas. The stones are composed of basalt, a volcanic rock, which due to its high density helps to retain heat well. They are heated at a controlled temperature and are only applied to the skin at a comfortable temperature.
Hot Stones are used throughout the treatment allowing the heat to work the reflex areas and points rather than the therapist’s fingers and thumbs.
The treatment starts by using Hot Stones to massage the lower legs relieving any tension in the calf muscles and helping to enhance energy flow. This is then followed by applying various size stones to the bottom of each foot.
Toe stones are placed between the toes of one foot which is then wrapped in a towel whilst the other foot is given a thorough treatment with the use of various size stones being used to work specific reflexes. Each foot is worked in turn. Warm stones can also be placed behind the shoulders and hips or on the abdomen to help ease any tension or stress in those areas.
The temperature of the Hot Stones is regulated in a specially designed bag to ensure that they are kept at the correct temperature before being applied to the foot or leg.
For an invigorating treatment, or to soothe headaches and injuries and ease pain and sinus congestion, Cold Stones may be used to replace the Hot Stones.
It is quite a different experience to our “conventional” Reflexology treatment.