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Reflexology, Massage & Aromatherapy
Reflexology is a therapy based on the theory that the body can be divided into vertical zones. The organs and tissues in these zones are represented in the corresponding zones of the feet. It has also been claimed to stimulate blood supply and relieve tension, normally sought to complement conventional medicine -
Reflexology differs from a general foot massage by focusing on specific points or reflexes to rebalance a particular pathology -
Holistic massage is an individual treatment that is specifically tailored to each individual. A holistic practitioner treats the client as a whole, taking into account their emotional wellbeing, as well as their physical body.
Techniques can range from relaxing effleurage to deep tissue methods; from mobilisations and stretches to gentle holds. The appropriateness of each of these techniques is determined by the client’s specific needs making each session unique.
The therapy involves the use of the hands to apply specific therapeutic strokes such as effleurage, petrissage and friction to body tissue which produces physiological effects. It is acknowledged that the benefits are the improvement of circulation of blood, lymph and oxygen to muscle fibres to promote tissue healing (Ernst et al, 2006).
Aromatherapy uses pure essential oil botanical extracts for therapeutic and clinical effects (Kuriyama et al, 2005). The therapy is very effective in treating pain due to muscular fatigue, spasm or tension. There are many essential oils that will help reduce pain in the short term and treat the muscular problem or injury in the longer term.
The analgesic and anti-
Aromatherapy is popularly used in a clinical setting, focusing on prescribing oils aiming to produce changes in physiology including reducing inflammation, enhancing psychological effects such as inducing relaxation and topical effects on the skin including improved circulation.