Reflexology may be particularly effective in treating :
Anxiety and depression
M.E. (chronic fatigue syndrome)
The symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Stress related conditions
Digestive disorders such as Irritable bowel syndrome
Low libido/ premenstrual symptoms
A complete treatment will usually last around 45
minutes to one hour. The practitioner will take a case history, asking
questions about your symptoms, your lifestyle, and medical history. She/he will examine your feet and/or the palms
of your hand. For this, you will be asked to lie down. The practitioner will then apply pressure to
points on the feet and/or hands, using special thumb and finger techniques to
release tension or unblock energy. This aims to help the body to stimulate its own
natural healing ability.
After the first treatment, the practitioner will have an
idea of what your specific needs are, and how she needs to work with your feet
or hands in the future. The practitioner will then see you for a course of
treatment, usually 6-8 sessions.
After treatment you may feel tired, lightheaded, relaxed or
weepy; have tender feet; need to go to the toilet more often or have flu-like
People taking medicines for diabetes should talk to their
doctors before having reflexology as treatment may interfere with their
medication. Reflexology may not be suitable for people with gout, foot ulcers
or circulatory problems affecting their feet, or for people who have epilepsy.
People with cancer should see a reflexologist who is trained to treat people
with cancer as there are particular places on the feet that should be avoided
or treated particularly gently. It is advisable not to have reflexology during
the first three months of pregnancy.