Updated: Aug 16
What is reflexology?
“…a non-invasive complementary health therapy that can be effective in promoting deep relaxation and wellbeing; by reducing stress in people’s lives can be key in optimising good health and building resilience.”
How does it work?
Reflexology involves applying pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, or ears, based on the belief that each area is linked to an organ of the body via energy channels or meridians. By massaging specific points along these channels or meridians stimulates the body to heal itself, removing blockages that may hinder the flow of energy and thus restoring balance.
What are channels or meridians?
Different holistic disciplines talk about the energy that flows in the human body and the energy systems that support the distribution of this energy. In the Yogic tradition, the subtle energy is known as Prana, and the system of Cakras – energy wheels - is based on the idea of 72000 nadis - or pathways - in the body that form a network of subtle energy and provide a structure for its distribution to keep the body balanced and healthy.
In the Traditional Chinese Medicine, the subtle energy is known as Qi and the pathways through which energy flows are called meridians, that are linked to organs of the body, eg liver, kidneys, lungs, heart. In Yoga, we use asanas and pranayama to aid the flow of subtle energy. More specifically, in Yin Yoga asanas (postures that are more static), pressure, compression, massage and sometimes tapping on the connective tissues are used to help stimulate the flow of the Qi in the meridians and target the energy in specific organs.
Reflexology for the menopause
While reflexology is often used for relaxation and stress relief, its effectiveness in managing stress and hot flashes can vary from person to person. Here are some ways reflexology may potentially help with stress and hot flushes
Reflexology aims to promote relaxation and reduce stress by stimulating the nervous system. It can help calm the mind, release tension, and improve overall well-being. By targeting specific reflex points, such as those associated with the adrenal glands and the central nervous system, reflexology may help balance the body and reduce stress levels.
Hot flushes are a common symptom experienced by women during menopause due to hormonal changes. While reflexology cannot directly alter hormone levels, it is believed to help promote balance within the body's systems. By working on reflex points associated with the endocrine system, including the pituitary, thyroid, and reproductive glands, reflexology may help support hormonal equilibrium and potentially alleviate hot flushes.
Reflexology involves applying pressure to reflex points that correspond to various organs and body systems. This stimulation is thought to enhance blood circulation and lymphatic flow, which can support the body's natural healing processes. By improving circulation, reflexology may help reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flushes and promote a sense of relaxation.
Reflexology sessions are typically calming and soothing, promoting a relaxation response in the body. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, reflexology can counteract the effects of the body's "fight-or-flight" stress response. This relaxation response may help reduce stress levels and indirectly alleviate hot flushes.
It is important to note that individual response to holistic and complementary therapies can vary and a personalised advice and treatment should be based on specific needs.
If you are interested in finding out more about how reflexology and yoga can help relieve some of the symptoms of the menopause associated with hot flushes and stress, Sara from SCT Reflexology and I are holding a Masterclass that combines the ancient wisdom of Yoga and the therapeutic benefits of reflexology.
Menopause Yoga and Reflexology Masterclass on 1 Oct, 3pm-5pm,
in person (Woodmansterne Village Hall, Banstead) or online.
Early Bird discount available for bookings made by 31 August 2023
Places are limited to dedicate more time for all participants
If you would like to learn more about it, contact us:
Ross: 07427 402799
Sarah: 07852 244 485