This week’s article from Lorraine Hughes of Glenina Reflexology focuses on Oncology Reflexology.

Reflexology is a holistic treatment that involves applying pressure to a number of acupressure points in the foot that reflect or correspond to parts of the body through zones of energy. It works by inducing deep relaxation and balancing the whole body mentally and physically. It can work on a number of ailments for all age groups and the renewed curiosity in reflexology is due to its hand-on nature, its simplicity, and the genuine benefits that people are experiencing.

Oncology reflexology is an area that gets to witness those benefits up close. This is a unique approach for those in cancer care, pre or post-surgery or for those who have completed their cancer treatment. Oncology reflexology helps reduce stress, alleviate anxiety and improve quality of life during what can be a challenging time. It improves flexibility and circulation, helps with pain relief and fatigue and boosts the immune system by calming the adrenals and releasing endorphins.

Reflexology has been proven to be one of the best ways to activate the vagus nerve system which triggers a relaxation response in the body leading to a combination of powerful health benefits. Anything that connects with the parasympathetic nervous system helps the body return to a dynamic state of balance and induces deep relaxation.

As with the reflexology lymphatic drainage (RLD) that I discussed last week, medical consent is required before starting a course of reflexology treatments and this can be obtained from your oncologist or GP. I feel very privileged to be able to work with people in cancer care and use this gentle and light style of reflexology in such a worthwhile way. Having reflexology treatments close to each other is more beneficial and will have a stronger impact on your body. It gives you time to integrate the healing process within your body’s systems and enhances your overall well-being. But this will be tailored to your specific needs and we can discuss this when you come for your initial treatment.

As I am a member of the professional body, the National Register of Reflexologists Ireland (NRRI), clients can claim back money on reflexology treatments on their health insurance policies from VHI Healthcare, Irish Life Health and Laya Healthcare. Just check with your health insurance company for clarity on your policy cover.

To book a treatment contact Lorraine at 087 6595417 or check out www.glenina-reflexology.ie for more details and a full price-list.

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