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Reflexology: it starts with your feet

by Shelley Murphy (follow)
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How many times do you find your feet the focus of your concentration? Are you complaining about them aching, do they feel tight and swollen, or are they tingling, perhaps you notice the need for a manicure, or maybe you are wishing that your toes were nicer?

Whether you like it or not, the humble foot does occupy some of our attention more than once or twice during a typical day. Of course if you injure your foot then it is definitely going to be bumped up in the time you spend thinking about it.

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The art of reflexology has a theory in relation to the foot. This theory is based on the principle that congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrors congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body. The reflex points identified on the foot are identified as reflex points (hence the name reflexology) and these points have counterparts on the hands and other body parts. In reflexology the focus of treatment is the feet.

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Advocates of reflexology state the therapy has many beneficial effects which are lasting. Some of the treatments are more gentle in nature. The purpose is restoration of better functioning to the relevant systems which address the clients' particular condition.

It is a particularly convenient therapy which can be used in instances where it is not safe to treat other body parts because the healing occurs indirectly. It is non-intrusive and works on many levels and treatment is particularly calming, soothing, balancing and the effects are felt through the entire body.

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The session can take an hour but as it is a client centred therapy it will depend on the age and state of the individual client's health. Your modesty is preserved, there is no need to undress as all you need to do is remove your shoes and socks. Clients will notice changes taking place immediately at the end of the session. These changes are attributed to the release of toxins and the decongestion of the system as toxins are processed and eliminated.

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The reflexologist will take a case history to determine the appropriate course of action tailored just to you. The ailments which can be assisted by reflexology are:

Menopausal symptoms
Constipation
Sciatica
Asthma
Sinus Pain
Migraines
Menstrual issues
Diarrhoea
Back pain
Neck pain
Shoulder pain
Emotional clearing

The benefits reported form the treatment other than reduced toxicity, include improvements in the immune system, and reduced stress and tension. One of the nicest in my opinion is the increase in body awareness. I believe any treatment which facilitates an increased connection to your body has to be of benefit. It is often disconnection to our bodies which facilitates illness and stress, so anything that interrupts that has to be a good thing in my opinion.

The message is very clear - your feet work very hard for you, so when they tell you they are in pain or they feel swollen and congested, it is really important that you listen. Your feet do not operate in isolation, they are a very important part of your body. Keeping your feet well will have a flow on effect to the rest of your body. At the very least you will enjoy the benefits of an hours down time.

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