If you want to try out reflexology but are not sure what to look out for in a reflexologist, here are some things that you should consider.
Firstly, make sure you find a therapist who is well qualified and a member of a recognised body. For instance, I’m a member of the Association of Reflexologists who are committed to driving up standards and delivering excellence in reflexology. They require their members to document their continuous professional development training each year. I qualified through the Scottish School of Reflexology over 20 years ago and then did an additional year on Advanced Reflex Healing. I’m also particularly interested in reducing the negative effects of stress on the body and have set up my business, Stress Less Naturally, to focus on this.
Secondly check out the range of services they offer. Most reflexologists will do foot reflexology, but not everyone offers hand or facial reflexology. If you have an injury to your foot, hand reflexology is an excellent alternative. It is ideal for anyone with arthritis in their hands because it can help to reduce their pain and improve their grip strength. It is also excellent for helping to reduce cramping in the hands, and is an ideal way to de-stress in a work environment.
Or maybe facial reflexology appeals to you. Facial reflexology reduces tension in the face, neck and brain. It helps to firm the facial muscles, stimulates circulation and activates lymphatic drainage to improve your skin tone and complexion. It is also beneficial in a work situation, helping to ease tension and headaches. Relaxing and rejuvenating – what’s not to like!
Reflexology is a holistic therapy so your therapist will work on all the reflexes in your body during the session, but will also pay particular attention to areas that feel tender or have an unusual sensation. This is to help your body to heal itself, providing balance and harmony.
Your reflexologist will work with you on a confidential basis, undertaking a health assessment before your first treatment so that the therapy session can be tailored to you. So it’s important for you to find a therapist who you feel comfortable with and can empathise with you.
If you are in the Edinburgh area and want to give reflexology a go, we’d be delighted to hear from you.