Written by Susana Palazzotti
Here at Archview physiotherapy clinic, in addition to physiotherapy, we also offer a number of holistic therapies to help our clients to relax and look after their health in a more holistic way. One of these therapies on offer is Reflexology. Our massage therapist Susana Palazzotti gives more information.
Reflexology is a therapy that uses the feet, hands and ears to treat the whole body. Its main principle is that by massaging and applying pressure to parts of the feet known as reflex areas, other corresponding and connected areas of the body will feel the benefit. It can help to not only alleviate symptoms of pain and tension in the feet, but also has immediate effect on their nervous system and encourages general physical and psychological well-being. It is a very ancient practice. The Chinese have been using the application of pressure as a healing therapy over 5000 years. In ancient Egypt it was believed that the stimulation of specific areas of the hands and feet was able to invigorate the entire body. India, Japan and some Northern American natives used the same therapy.
Benefits of Reflexology:
- Relaxes the body, providing a complete physical and mental relaxation
- Can help with pain relief
- Stimulates circulation
- Aids the body in self-healing
- Relieves stress
- Encourages detoxification
- Can help raise energy levels
- Encourage overall wellbeing
Reflexology is not the same as the standard massage therapy. While massage focuses on relieving pain and muscle tension, reflexology works by manipulating pressure points that are in the feet, hands or ears. This technique is similar to acupuncture and acupressure.
At Archview clinic you can book a combination massage therapy and reflexology treatment with Susana Palazzotti or Anna Masternak. This is a 60 mins session combining traditional relaxation or deep tissue massage along with a reflexology treatment.