Reflexology is a deeply relaxing experience for most people, it is not uncommon to get into a state that I compare to the alpha state when in deep meditation. A reason it may not be relaxing is that there is congestion somewhere in the body and that reflects on the feet. Either the Reflexologist feels little crystal-like substances under the fingers or the client feels a spot that ranges from slightly tender to acutely sharp. When that area is worked again, a few things can happen:
- the little discomfort first felt may have increased which means more work is needed for the body to adjust
- the acutely sharp sensation may disappear altogether which is often a surprise to the client
- when on medication, the relevant reflex may not be (as) responsive as the medication masks the symptoms. Reflexology however stimulates the body’s own healing capacity which complements the allopathic treatment.
Don’t give up!
When a treatment is painful, my recommendation is ‘don’t give up’.
This is your body telling you it needs help to make organs, glands and muscles work as well as they could. Reflexology relaxes every nook and cranny in your body and you may feel better or worse for 24 to 48 hours, which is a great indicator that your body is working on getting better. Subsequent treatments build on previous benefits gained.
On average, after about 6 weekly treatments, benefits last much longer. Many clients leave it at that, others will come back monthly or even bi-monthly. I certainly recommend to have what I call ‘maintenance treatments’ as Reflexology not only supports your body to work as best as it can when there is stress, an illness or an unexplained tiredness, it also works to maintain good health and a stress free body and mind.
Which parts of the body benefit from Reflexology?
I believe the whole body benefits, which are the physical and the mental. Having worked with bank executives during the financial crisis, the feedback was that the decisions they made following Reflexology treatments were professionally based not personal. The high stress component had been removed which resulted in better made decisions.
This means that Reflexology is highly beneficial with a physical condition but also with a mental condition such as depression, Alzheimer’s, etc.
Find a registered (clinical) Reflexologist (a reflexology or professional association are best) and have at least 4 to 6 treatments to experience for yourself the effect Reflexology has on your health and general wellbeing. When you have done that I would love to hear about your experience.