Reflexology is a unique and wonderfully relaxing therapy that works on many levels, soothing, calming, balancing and boosting your entire body. Reflexology offers the opportunity to support those already utilising Medical and Allied Health services, especially in the area of preventative health care. The positive effects of reflexology as a health care modality are: increased well being and disease prevention, reduction of symptoms in both acute and chronic conditions, enhanced healing following surgery, and a complement to medical and allied health services through collaboration.
As a therapy reflexology is not invasive. Deeply relaxing yet surprisingly energising - you may feel you are being pampered during a reflexology session but do not underestimate the powerful effects this treatment can have on all of your body systems.
Reflexology is based on the principle that certain parts of the body reflect the whole. Reflex points relating to all parts of the body, can be found in the feet, hands, face, ears and body. These points respond to pressure, stimulating the body's own natural healing process. The body starts progressively clearing blockages, re-establishing energy flows and balancing itself, resulting in better health. There are many different styles and approaches used in reflexology, however the basic principle is constant. Subtle yet powerful, reflexology is becoming increasingly popular in the world of complementary therapies.
Usually a foot reflexology session lasts about an hour depending on the age and state of health of the person receiving the treatment. First sessions tend to be longer as the practitioner needs to take a case history prior to any treatment. The exact number of sessions required depends upon several factors including the condition being addressed and the healing response of the individual. A minimum of 3-4 sessions are usually recommended, however chronic conditions may take longer to respond
An increasing number of research studies are now demonstrating the physiological effects of reflexology and the effectiveness of reflexology for a wide range of symptoms and conditions.
The Reflexology Association of Australia Ltd (RAoA) is the peak national body of Reflexologists in this country with branches in the States and Territories. Professional Members of the RAoA adhere to strict guidelines and standards, with ongoing studies required to maintain their Professional Membership status. To find a Professional Reflexologist in your area, please see the association website www.reflexology.org.au.
Practitioner: James Flaxman