What is Aroma-Reflexology?
Quite simply, Aroma-Reflex is a combination of aromatherapy and reflexology. Aromatherapy is a relatively modern term for an ancient form of treatment which uses essential oils extracted from aromatic plants to promote and maintain physical and emotional health, and wellbeing. Aromatherapy, like reflexology, is a holistic treatment – this means it views the individual’s body, mind and spirit as a whole unit. It aims to target the cause of imbalances or illness within the body rather than by suppressing symptoms, as with so many modern medicines. It seeks to support the body to treat the cause, rather than the symptoms.
How does it work?
Massage offers the additional benefits of the essential oil being primarily absorbed through the skin as well as being inhaled. The movements and techniques used in reflexology further serve to massage the oils into the reflexes, helping to boost circulation, which also promotes the flow of lymph around the body, which helps flush out toxins.
Reflexology and massage are both relaxing to experience, which helps calm body and mind. This allows the Parasympathetic Nervous System to take over from the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS). The SNS kicks in when the body is in pain or under stress – what is commonly known as the ‘fight or flight’ response. When the body is in parasympathetic mode, it can rest and start the process of repair.
Two options to choose from:
1. Relaxing: using a blend of Bergamot and Lavender essential oils in a Sweet Almond carrier oil
2. Energising: using a blend of Lemon and Ginger essential oils in a Sweet Almond carrier oil
To learn more about the healing qualities of these oils, have a have a read of my blog!
What happens during a treatment?
The client lays on the treatment couch, in comfortable clothes which can be rolled up to allow access to bare feet and lower legs to the knee. The treatment starts with the oils being massaged into the lower legs and feet before the reflexology treatment commences in full. The legs are covered in a blanket when the reflexology begins, to keep the client warm and comfortable. The treatment will last approximately 50 minutes. Remember, this is your time to relax, away from the stresses and strains of modern life – so lie back and enjoy!