Reflexology is an ancient Chinese medical treatment given to the feet, hands, face and ears, using the concept of “body mapping.” It is a science, based on the principle that these areas are miniature maps connected to all the glands, organs and systems of the body. At Coolum Reflexology our Reflexologist, uses their hands as their tools, to stimulate these specific areas to promote health,and balance in the body, release any blockages causing ill-health and encourage the movement of energy through the body. Reflexology is not a Foot Massage, though it does include relaxation and massage techniques. It is a concept close to Acupuncture however instead of inserting needles, the Reflexologist uses their hands and implements to work on the “reflex areas”. There are over 70000 nerves endings that can be stimulated within the feet and which affect the whole body.
Reflexology has been found to have an effect on:
- Respiratory problems, asthma
- Bladder problems
- Menopausal symptoms and period pain
- Pain from Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Pain from Cancer treatments
- Improving circulation
- Supporting the nervous system
- Lymphatic Flow
- Elimination of Wastes
- Digestion improvement
- Promotes Homeostasis
- Reducing Stress and Anxiety
- Encouraging relaxation
- Pain relief
- Strengthening the Immune system
- Energizing and rejuvenating the whole body
Nobel Prize Winner Ivan Pavlov’s “reflex system” research concluded that organ systems respond involuntarily to external stimulation, such as stress or pain.
Dr. Henry Head in the late 19th century proved that a neurological relationship exists between the skin and the internal organs.
Nobel Prize winner, Sir Charles Sherrington proved that the whole body and nervous system are affected when stimulus is applied to any part of the body.
Dr. Alfons Cornelius observed that pressure to certain spots triggered muscle contractions, changes in Blood Pressure, variation in warmth and moisture in the body and directly affected the mental state of his patients.
American physicians, Dr. William Fitzgerald and Dr. Joe Shelby Riley and physiotherapist Eunice Ingham in the 1920s began applying these theories to the hands and feet.
Dr. Paul Nogier is credited for expanding reflex mapping to the ears.
An Israeli study of 71 randomized MS patients, reported that many patients’ motor, sensory and urinary problems improved after eleven weeks of reflexology.
Reflexology Contraindications are:
- Varicose veins and deep venous thrombosis
- Pregnancy during the first trimester
- During early stages of induced labour
- Tumors and growths
- Unstable heart conditions
- Extremely high blood pressure
- Severe edema
- Current fractures, recent surgeries, severe sprains, or gout, however, one can work safely with an extremely light touch around or on these problem areas.
- Contagious or infectious diseases on the client’s feet
- Lacerations, open wounds and/or sores found on the feet that are oozing fluids.
- Following organ transplant
- Medicative reliant clients
If in doubt, please check with your medical practitioner first.
At Coolum Therapy Clinic – Coolum Reflexology: each treatment is designed specifically for you and your desired results, aiding in faster and longer lasting results.
Initial Consultation: 60 mins
Follow up Consultations: 30 min or 60 mins, frequency will depend on the presenting condition.
Clients with acute conditions may need more than one treatment a week to commence with.
Very ill clients may require short, frequent treatments.
- Initial Consultation $ 150.00
- Adults $66.00 per 1/2 hr
You will be greeted and shown to your Treatment room. At your initial consultation you will be required to complete a Client Information form and this will then be discussed with your qualified CTC Reflexology Therapist, to understand all Presenting Conditions and any Pre-existing Conditions. You do not need to undress, only your shoes will need to be removed.
During your Consultation
Your treatment will be discussed, giving you an understanding of the function, Use and Benefit of Reflexology. Treatment will commence with the application of painless pressure to your feet using their thumb and forefinger to identify which areas of your body are a priority. There will be a two way dialogue between you and your CTC Therapist about how you are feeling and what you body is indicating. Focus will be on the Feet unless for specific reasons, the hands may be treated.
Healing reactions may occur:
- Crystal deposits may be broken up during treatment
- Toxin release and elimination
- Aches and pains
- Increased urination
- Increased bowels movement
- These usually don’t last more than 12 – 24 hrs
The CTC Therapist will explain your Recovery Process and will be open to answer any questions you may have following your treatment. Your CTC Therapist will work together with you to formulate the most appropriate treatment plan, suggesting any Lifestyle changes that may assist your recovery towards a Pain Free and Healthy life.
If a person enjoys relief after several treatments, but continues to repeat the same Actions and Lifestyle their condition may return. That is why we have taken a systemic approach to disease;
Treat the Whole Person not the Symptom.