Craig Joseph

Craig L. Joseph IIR MAR.
is a fully qualified practitioner who hosts the appropriate insurances.

Foot Hand

What is Reflexology ?

Reflexology is a form of bodywork that focuses primarily on the feet. The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are "reflex" areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body.



Medical Reflexology is a complementary, biological, integrative health science, through which an exercise pressure is applied to reflex areas, formed by 7,200 nerve endings in each hand and foot, encouraging improved instruction to each and every single gland, organ and part of the body, Thus Persuading the body to biologically correct, strengthen, and reinforce itself, to reach balance, normalization, and homeostasis.

Foot Reflexology

Reflexology can be a natural, low cost option to offsetting the effects of stress on the heart and overall health. Reflexology endeavors to treat the body, mind and spirit as a cohesive system by getting to the cause of disease not its symptoms. Reflexology possesses the capacity to cancel out the effects of stress while it helps the body to reach a place of deep relaxation where it can balance the body systems.



Why do people get reflexology ?

  • Stress and stress-related conditions.
  • Tension headaches.
  • Digestive disorders.
  • Arthritis.
  • Insomnia.
  • Hormonal imbalances.
  • Sports injuries.
  • Menstrual disorders, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Back pain.

Reflexology Reduces Stress.
Through the relaxation process the body is more capable of dealing with the stresses placed on it by daily living and those associated with illness. Reflexology gently nudges the body towards improved functioning of the system by improving lymphatic drainage and venous circulation, simulation to the nerve pathways, and muscle relaxation.

Reflexology supports the body in its process of self-healing and maintaining the balance that leads to good health.

Reflexology applied properly can alleviate allergy symptoms, as well as stress, back pain, and chronic fatigue. The techniques of reflexology can be performed conveniently on the hand in situations where a session on the feet is not practical, although the effectiveness of limited hand therapy is less pronounced than with foot pressure therapy.

Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment.

How does it work ?

Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet and hands. This controlled pressure alleviates the source of the discomfort. In the absence of any particular malady or abnormality, reflexology may be as effective for promoting good health and for preventing illness as it may be for relieving symptoms of stress, injury, and illness. Reflexologists work from maps of predefined pressure points that are located on the hands and feet. These pressure points are reputed to connect directly through the nervous system and affect the bodily organs and glands. The reflexologist manipulates the pressure points according to specific techniques of reflexology therapy. By means of this touching therapy, any part of the body that is the source of pain, illness, or potential debility can be strengthened through the application of pressure at the respective foot or hand location.

Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood. In the process, reflexology not only quells the sensation of pain, but relieves the source of the pain as well

Who should not get reflexology ?

Reflexology feels great and nearly everyone is a candidate for reflexology, even people who are not candidates for traditional massage therapy due to physical restrictions or who may be inhibited about disrobing. With reflexology, all you remove is footwear

Contra-indications may be reasons why a treatment cannot commence. There are many contra-indications concerning reflexology, such as skin conditions and medical conditions. The most common conditions are highly infectious these being ‘Athletes foot’ a fungal infection and a ‘Verrucae’ which is a viral infection. Other contra – indications are such as Heart disease, Thrombosis, diabetes and post operative conditions. If contra – indications are a concern prior to treatment, seek GP's permission to treat.

Precautions
If you're pregnant, talk with your doctor first and let the reflexologist know.

If you have foot ulcers, injury, or blood vessel disease such as blood clots, consult your doctor before having reflexology.

Reflexology is recommended as a complementary therapy and should not replace medical treatment.

Be sure to give the reflexologist a complete and accurate health history.