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Reflexologists, also known as zone therapists, maintain that different images reflecting all parts of the body and the organs are projected onto various points on the feet, hands and ears, and that by applying pressure to these points physical changes take place elsewhere in the body.
People opt for reflexology for a number of reasons: to relieve pain; to lower stress levels; to improve general health; or to cure or reduce symptoms of various internal, external and psychological disorders.
Similar to acupuncturists, reflexologists claim that there is a life-force or energy in every human, the ‘qi’, or ‘chi’, and that problems occur in the body when the paths or meridians surrounding this energy become blocked.
Patients will see a reflexologist for a consultation before treatment, during which they will discuss health issues, medical history and the reasons the patient has for choosing reflexology. The reflexologist will perform any necessary physical examinations on the patient and will outline the procedure before devising the best treatment strategy which, in some form or another, will involve using the hands to put pressure on different points found on the base of the patients’ feet, hands and ears.
They advise patients on ways to maintain good health through exercise and nutrition.
Reflexologists will often specialise in more than one area of complementary therapy, such as massage, aromatherapy or Reiki.
As is the case for all healthcare professionals, keeping patients relaxed and comfortable should be a top priority, along with maintaining extremely high standards of cleanliness throughout the clinic.