When it comes to Thai therapy, London residents can choose from five services here at Kobkun – traditional Thai massage, herbal compress, aromatherapy massage, pregnancy massage and reflexology. Apart from providing relaxation to clients, each of these modalities has its own unique set of benefits.
If you are interested in Kobkun’s reflexology treatment, here are a few things that you ought to know about it.
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a treatment that traces its roots back to 3,000 years ago and was developed by the ancient Chinese. Practitioners of reflexology believe that the human feet serve as a virtual roadmap of the body as millions of nerves can be found there. These nerves are connected to various body parts and applying pressure on specific areas on the feet can help remedy a variety of issues including anxiety, headaches, PMS and sinusitis.
What can you expect during your first treatment session?
Before the treatment commences, your therapist will explain what reflexology is and how it works. If you have any questions regarding this treatment, your therapist will gladly answer these.
Prior to the treatment, it would be beneficial to tell your therapist about the condition you are experiencing. This will allow her to know which area on your feet she has to work on.
Before beginning, your therapist will also inspect your feet for sores, open wounds, warts or bunions and enquire if you are currently experiencing foot or leg pain which may affect the treatment.
How will the therapist go about the session?
Reflexologists will often begin the session by working on the whole feet, starting with your toes then moving on to the rest of your feet.
If you have a specific condition that you want your therapist to help you with, she will focus on the corresponding part of your feet. For example, if you are experiencing a headache on your right side, the reflexologist will work on the toes of your left foot.
What can you expect to experience during the treatment?
Broadly speaking, reflexology can bring about relaxation and an increased awareness of the various parts of the body. It is also fairly common for most people to experience physical and emotional reactions. These include perspiration of the feet, lightheadedness, sleepiness, relief from pain, relaxation, and in some cases, contraction of muscles.
Note that these effects, even those that may seem adverse, only mean that the body is on its way to healing itself, and they will usually resolve themselves between 24 to 48 hours after the treatment.
What should you do after the treatment?
After your therapy session, you will be advised to drink plenty of water. This will allow your body to flush out toxins. It is also advisable to avoid alcohol and heavy meals for the rest of the day.