Frequently Asked Questions: Is reflexology safe?
Reflexology is a gentle, safe, natural and holistic therapy. But you don't have to be ill to enjoy the benefits of reflexology. Everyone can benefit and is suitable for all ages including children. It is particularly beneficial when dealing with stress related conditions. An increasing number of people are using reflexology as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonising the body in the stressful world we live in today.
What Benefits can be Expected?Relieving stress – 70%-90% (estimate) of all illnesses are caused or aggravated by stress which is likened to a tourniquet around the nervous system. Reflexology promotes deep relaxation enabling organs and body systems to work more efficiently.
Ridding the body of toxins - reflexology is a very detoxifying therapy.
Improving hormonal and reproductive function - by working the endocrine system reflexology is excellent at balancing hormones and regulating the menstrual cycle.
Improving blood & lymphatic circulation – reflexology promotes improved circulation leading to better oxygenation of tissues and greater lymph drainage helping to maintain homeostasis and boost immune function.
Controlling pain and promoting sense of well-being – reflexology encourages the release of endorphins, the body’s “natural pain killer”.
Balancing all body systems and energy pathways – reflexology removes stagnant or blocked energy which leads to a restoration of health and balance.
Can reflexology do me any serious harm?
No reflexology is essentially harmless. The therapeutic relaxation that reflexology produces facilitates the body's release of toxins. On very rare occasions this release of toxins may bring about perspiration, a nauseous feeling, a headache, or a bad taste in the mouth. These minor discomforts are evidence of the body's healing process, are very temporary and are not serious. Should you experience any discomfort after a reflexology session that is not temporary, then you should assume that its cause is independent of the reflexology and take the appropriate remedial actions. Most people enjoy pleasant relaxed and/or energized feelings after a reflexology session.
How often can I have reflexology?
Even though reflexology feels so wonderful you'd like to have it done everyday, it is always best not to have a full reflexology session more than once every 5-7 days. If you have a health condition that is being assisted with reflexology you would probably start with a session once every week, then as your condition improves you would taper your sessions down as you feel you need to. If you are a relatively healthy person and you're using reflexology to maintain your health then you may only want a session once every couple of weeks or once a month. No one knows you, your body and how you feel better than you do, so you should be the judge of what you think would be the most beneficial to your health maintenance program.
Do health plans cover reflexology?
Yes. Bupa,Paycare,Medicash,Health shield and Sovereign, Westfield ,all cover reflexology when having treatments from a qualified practitioner.