There are three questions I usually get asked about reflexology when I meet new people.  The first question is usually “what’s reflexology?” followed by “does it really work?”. The third is then either, “I have this problem can you help?”, (often the answer is yes, and if not then I usually know someone who can!) or, “but I feel ok, so how can reflexology really help me? ”.

I think it is down to our perspective on health in the West that this third question is raised in the first place. In our conventional western medicine, we are accustomed to thinking about giving treatment only to address a condition or illness, and if there is no diagnosable disease then it is considered unnecessary to give treatment. This is all well and good when thinking about drugs and surgery – we don’t want those unnecessarily!

Are you as healthy as you think?

Complementary therapy takes a different approach. As therapists we are trained to look for wellness rather than disease.

Take for example colitis or IBS. Whilst you may not have been diagnosed with these conditions, it doesn’t mean that your digestion is functioning perfectly.  In fact it may the reasons you feel sluggish, tired, uncomfortable or the root of your headaches or skin problems.

A blood test may show your hormone levels fall within a ‘normal’ range but that doesn’t mean they are at optimum levels for your wellbeing. In my experience, this is common for women who feel their cycle is not quite right or who are experiencing fertility issues yet all the tests show ‘nothing is wrong’.

Whilst you may not have a diagnosable injury, your poor posture and stress could lead you to experience chronic tension, restricted mobility and discomfort, typically in the neck, shoulders and lower back. Left untreated, these can well develop into more serious issues such as frozen shoulder that will require medication and sometimes surgery.

It’s amazing what you can learn to live with when it creeps up slowly.  Discomfort becomes the norm and thus we don’t recognise when we are not as well as we could be.

My work as a reflexologist aims to bring your body systems into balance so they function better for you.

Prevention is better than cure!

To go back to the title question – if we were to ask instead, “I’m quite fit, why should I keep going to the gym?, we could easily answer that if you want to maintain your fitness, you need to keep exercising.

It’s the same with your health. Should you be in good health then you will want to do various things to maintain it.

Factors such as eating a sensible diet, regular exercise, getting enough sleep and reducing stress all need to be considered for maintaining good health.

In addition, a regular treatment such as reflexology is a very useful way to give yourself a mini-MOT or tune-up to keep all your body systems in good working order.

I would suggest a treatment once a month as a maintenance level. Your therapist can give you feedback on areas that might need a bit of attention so you can help prevent something minor developing into a bigger issue.

Reflexology also helps to relieve stress and promotes deep relaxation, both of which improve your immune system. Not only does this act like a pressure valve, to prevent stress building up, the more regularly you experience deep relaxation, the easier it becomes for you to enter this state by yourself.

Providing long term support

It does take time to make long lasting changes to your lifestyle to maintain good health.  We have all experienced the resolve to overhaul our lives and started with great intentions, only to find a few weeks down the line we have slipped into bad habits!

When we meet, I will give you some achievable and practical lifestyle recommendations to improve your wellbeing. I will also support you in making these changes and provide some accountability to help you stick to them. You’d be amazed what a few small incremental changes over a year can achieve!

Annual Treatment Package

So this New Year why not make wellbeing a gift to yourself.

My new annual treatment package will give you:-

  • a full hour session every month
  • ongoing advice to maintain your wellbeing
  • support between sessions to keep you in good form all year round.

It’s better value and more effective than having ad hoc sessions yet remains flexible to suit your diary.

Most importantly, making that commitment to an annual package will mean that you will keep your good intention to look after your health this year.

That’s one goal you can tick off your list for 2018!