Structural Reflexology® integrates reflexology with foot function. It addresses the causes of foot pain and aims to return the feet to a comfortable and fully functioning position thus increasing vitality throughout the body. Working on the joints of the ankle & foot, the aim is to return the foot to normal functioning with hands-on treatment and exercises. This work helps to keep the feet strong and flexible which reduces the possibility of pain and problems in the future.
Structural Reflexology® is a combination of foot assessment, reflexology, anatomy and physiology. Firstly, the feet are measured to ensure that footwear is the correct size. Many foot problems are caused by shoes that are too small and narrow! Secondly, an ink press is made of the feet in motion (no ink makes contact with the feet!) which gives information of how weight is distributed and where areas of tension may exist. In the image below, note that on the right foot, the fifth toe has not made contact, and there is excess contact from the big toe. Relating this to the reflexology foot map indicates potential issues which need attention.
The Structural Reflexology® treatment works on relaxing the long and short foot muscles that are involved with foot movement so relaxation techniques are applied up to the knee. Attention is also focused on releasing ligament strain to allow the joints in the foot to move normally. The whole process is gentle and relaxing.
A follow-up treatment is recommended when foot mobilisation techniques are combined with reflexology. A second foot press image will be taken to see how foot function has improved.
Structural Reflexology® was developed and trademarked by Geraldine Villeneuve in the USA. She has achieved some amazing results from her work which she teaches around the world. Her book "Put Your Best Feet Forward" is a very informative read which is highly recommended.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy and no claims are made for diagnosis or cure.
It is not a substitute for medical treatment and advice.
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