Reflexology has been around for more than 5,000 years in China and Egypt. Introduced to the UK in the 1960s we have westernised and developed it to form a relaxing, non-invasive and enjoyable treatment to help combat the stresses and strains of modern day living.
What does Reflexology involve?
Reflexology uses thumb and finger pressure on different areas of the feet which correspond to different areas of the body – as if the feet are a mirror of the body*.
*Reflexology is not used to cure or diagnose serious illness or disease. Medical attention should always be sought when you are concerned about continuing symptoms.
Speak to us today or book a treatment online at HealthHub, which covers Yarm, Eaglescliffe, Stockton on Tees, Ingleby Barwick and Middlesbrough, where our Reflexologist will advise on a personalised course of treatment.
How does reflexology work?
In oriental medicine it is believed that our bodies hold an energy force like a magnetic field and when blockages occur we need to open up the pathways to allow the energy to re-circulate. A western theory is that lactic acid builds up causing tiny crystals which disturb energy flow and if they can be recycled energy is allowed to circulate again. It could also be that when tension and stress cause pain, relaxation helps to ease it and physical touch is one of the most comforting ways to show care and empathy.
- May help to ease stress and relieve anxiety
- May help with relaxation
- May improve mood and promote a sense of well being
- May help to relieve tension and therefore can aid sleep
Who can have Reflexology?
Reflexology can usually be received by all ages
What should I expect during an appointment?
After a brief medical history is taken the therapy takes place in a comfortable chair or on the therapists couch. Reflexology is carried out with a fine powder and is completed with a relaxing foot massage, using cream.
How long is a treatment?
This will vary according to individual needs. Massage and reflexology sessions are generally between 40mins and 60mins. If you would prefer a shorter treatment or would like to lengthen the time of your massage this can easily be catered for. Standard Indian Head Massages take approx 30 mins but can be added to other massage sessions An on-site stress-buster session can be done as a 15 or 20 min therapy.