Reflexology – so much more than a foot massage
by Claire Sartori
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a holistic therapy that uses pressure and massage techniques on specific reflex points, located on the feet, hands and face. Each reflex point corresponds with a different system or part of the body, so through reflexology, we can support the body to find its own natural state of balance.
Our body is connected in various ways and wired to communicate messages to the different systems. Reflexology utilises the innate intelligence of the body by creating an environment for the body to heal and repair.
I often tell clients to imagine that each reflex point is a light switch that I am accessing. As I put pressure on this area, your body will send a message to the corresponding area of the body in order to ‘switch it on’. So although I may be applying pressure to your big toe, for example, I am actually supporting all the functions of your head and neck, via the reflex point.
First time clients are always amazed with how their presenting health concerns are mirrored in the reflex points. A particular imbalance in the body may show up in the reflex point as tender, tight or sore. For example, if you were to present with pain in your low back, you will often experience discomfort in those specific spine reflex points on the feet.
What are the benefits of reflexology?
Everyone responds differently to a treatment, both while they are lying on the table, and in the hours and days following a treatment. The response from your body may also vary, depending on the areas targeted and the types of health concerns you have. The most immediate effects are often a deep sense of relaxation and a feeling of tension leaving the body.
Some of the benefits you may experience include:
- Reduced tension in muscles & joints
- Improved sleep
- Boost in immune function
- Increased detoxification
- Rebalancing of hormones & endocrine system
Reflexology is not just for those with specific, acute health needs. A regular reflexology session is a beneficial strategy to support overall wellness by reducing the stress response and enhancing all functions within the body.
Here is how some of my client’s describe their experience of reflexology…
‘Since seeing Claire, I feel so much more in tune with myself. Her work is not only for the body but for the mind – she has made me feel unstoppable and strong and grounded all at the same time’.
‘A session with Claire leaves me feeling so deeply relaxed & calm. I feel physically lighter and I always sleep really well that evening’.
‘I find regular reflexology sessions are a great barometer of what is actually going on for me at every level, especially the more subtle things that I may ignore or explain away. Claire provides a really safe & supportive space that allows me to relax into the treatment which ultimately makes it more beneficial’.