It’s really important as a therapist to understand what it actually feels like to receive the treatments you give. It is also, of course, a welcome and often well-deserved treat, or sometimes a necessity. However, as I am sure most therapists will tell you, we don’t actually get many treatments as we are usually too busy!!
However, recently a lovely therapist had offered to give me a reflexology treatment (as I have been training in it) and, having taken her up on the offer, I thought I would share my experience with you.
Firstly, if you don’t already know …..
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that encourages the body to balance and heal itself. It involves applying finger or thumb pressure to specific points on the hands and feet. These points are called “reflexes” and they reflect, or mirror, the organs and structures of the body as well as a person’s emotional health. In this way, the hands and feet are “mini maps” of the body that can be used to encourage holistic healing.
So I had my session on Thursday 19th April at 12 noon in my own treatment room. My lovely therapist gave my feet a warming “wake up” massage first. However, on my right foot – on the lower middle part – I felt some soreness.
My therapist and I had discussed at the outset the areas which would probably need working on, i.e. adrenals, diaphragm and solar plexus, all of these being stress points. I had been working a lot and was feeling a bit stressed and worn out; also worrying about my exams coming up.
It was, therefore, a surprise to feel some pain so early on and not in the area/s expected.
The treatment continued and when my therapist came to actually “work” on the reflexes around the initial area that had been sore, it was even more so.
However, she continued to work on the area for a while and the soreness/pain subsided and then stopped. The painful/sore area had been the reflexes reflecting my transverse colon, which had been surprising as I did not suffer with intestinal problems. However, our intestinal system is a complex mechanism and the colon plays a very crucial part in it. We do know that anxiety and stress impact the function of our intestinal system.
After the treatment I felt relaxed and a little tired.
What happened next ….
This is what happening following the treatment:-
9pm that evening: I had terrible stomach ache and went to bed with a hot water bottle.
Felt nauseous, cold and extremely tired. Slept but woke in the early hours – still pain so took x2 ibuprofen.
Work the next day (Friday) not feeling great – tearful/emotional/low mood/no energy/slight tummy pain/very bloated and cold.
Did my morning appointments but came home in the afternoon and lay on the sofa for 2 hours and slept, felt very cold all day. Slept well that evening.
Saturday – still not feeling 100% – tired first thing and “out of sorts” – tummy still not right (but pain gone). Worked all day. Had a bath, ate dinner and at 9pm started to feel bit better.
Sunday – awoke feeling better. However, didn’t feel like doing much (usually go for a long run but just didn’t want to, so didn’t). Had a quiet day. Slept well that night.
Monday morning – awoke feeling extremely refreshed and “back to normal”. Feeling positive and no tummy pain
So I have concluded from this experience that my colon is where I hold my stress and that it came out that way. I was obviously pretty stressed and tired and the reflexology session, although initially didn’t make me feel that great, did mean I got everything out of my body and felt so much better afterwards.
The advice always following a treatment is that the following day you may not feel 100% (i.e. thirsty, tired, emotional etc.). This is your body re-balancing itself and getting rid of any toxins. However, the day after that you should feel much better, your body re-balanced. Some people don’t experience this and some experience it the other way round. Everyone is unique.
I now have first-hand experience of how powerful reflexology can be and I feel, for me, is something I will now have regularly to ensure my body stays in balance.
Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing. At the very least a reflexology treatment offers deep relaxation and reduces the body’s need for excess sympathetic and adrenal responses. It also puts the body into a relaxed state so that the parasympathetic nervous system can function effectively, as well as improving both cardiovascular and lymphatic circulation.
Some people find it works for them – some don’t. The best way to find out is to try it!
Many thanks for reading. Let me know your experiences of reflexology.