Reflexology

Why should you choose Clinica Sant'Anna for your reflexology?

Clinica Sant’Anna’s very own Reflexology clinic guarantees a reliable, professional environment where patients can restore their psychological and physical well-being in complete safety. It is run by a professional with a higher qualification (a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing) than that which is required of Therapists, and considerable healthcare experience.


What is Reflexology?

Reflexology involves stimulating the reflex zones of each part of the body. These zones are found on the face and feet. It is suitable for babies, children, adults, the elderly; for any physical or psychological illness, and it does not produce side effects. Facial Reflexology is a natural therapy aimed at rebalancing energy by stimulating a response from your body. Its fundamental aim is to dissolve the energy blockage at the root of all disorders and diseases.

What are the benefits of reflexology?

Reflexology is known to:  

  • reduce pain (e.g. back pain) without requiring surgery on the painful area;

  • restore normal blood pressure and circulation;
  • alleviate water retention through lymphatic body massages on the face and feet;
  • regulate the intestine;  
  • rebalance the proper functioning of the kidneys, bladder, liver, stomach, heart, prostate, lungs, thyroid, mammary gland, genital organs and pancreas (for diabetics);      
  • promote relaxation by reducing anxiety, panic attacks, irritability and insomnia;
  • optimise the sense organs: eyes, nose, ears, mouth and skin;
  • balance body weight by working on the metabolism;   
  • reduce stress, fatigue and pain caused by joints, muscles, tendons and bones;       
  • improve brain function (e.g. the pituitary gland). 

What happens in a Reflexology session?

The Facial Reflexologist will start with an interview in which they will get to know your psychological and physical state and decide which type of treatment to carry out or which areas to work on.

You will then lie down on a treatment bed for 20 – 40 minutes. Relaxing background music may be played during the treatment, which you can either bring yourself or choose together with the Reflexologist.

The Facial Reflexologist begins by carrying out a relaxation procedure on the nervous system. This is very important as the healing process can only begin when the body is relaxed. This is proceeded by the toning procedure and, finally, a stimulation of the critical base points.

They then stimulate particular zones on the face which correspond to specific body apparatus. During this second phase, the Facial Reflexologist looks for points of interest in the treated areas. These may be more painful, redder or display hollows or swelling.

Once these specific points corresponding to the organ in question have been identified, the F.R. gently and attentively stimulates them, using techniques which they have mastered.

When the session is finished, you will be taught how to carry out F.R. independently. You will be provided with a map of your face with coloured treatment areas in order to show you how to start applying the treatment to yourself.

Which patients can receive it?

It is suitable for babies, children, adults, the elderly; for any physical or psychological illness, and it does not produce side effects.

Which symptoms are treated?

Reflexology can alleviate pain (including in the osteoarticular area) and stop hemorrhages. This makes it possible to treat, early on, minor injuries resulting from accidents, strokes, thrombosis or degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, sclerosis and dystrophies. By acting on early warning signs, i.e. the signals our body gives before an illness occurs (such as fatigue, drowsiness, irritability, digestion issues, abdominal swelling, joint pain, skin rashes etc.), we can achieve rapid results. Otherwise, the treatment process for chronic illnesses may take longer.

What treatments are available and what risks do they carry?

Possible treatments include facial and/or foot reflexology, prioritising and dedicating more time to one over the other to the extent that will achieve therapeutic results for the patient. Based on the experience of facial and foot reflexologists, these treatments do not carry any risks or adverse effects. It is worth highlighting that stimulating certain reflex zones in pregnant women may induce contractions and therefore advance labour.

Examples of illnesses treated

Facial Reflexology is recommended for several illness, especially: neurological disorders, digestive issues, circulatory or urinary disorders, rheumatism, reproductive disorders, skin conditions and imbalanced metabolisms, stomach ulcers, tinnitus, neuralgia and imbalanced nervous systems in cases of insomnia or depression.

Reflexology can achieve excellent, rapid results in the treatment of muscle and joint disorders such as stiff neck, reduced limb mobility, knee problems, sprains and tendonitis, back pain, neck and lower back pain, migraines and sciatica. It can also be used to treat and normalise hypertension or hypotension.

Admittance and follow up

Patient admittance is a comprehensive process. You will be asked about previous and current illnesses in order to form a detailed medical history. During the sessions, the patient’s physical and psychological state of heath is carefully monitored by attentively listening to them and analysing their reflex zones. This allows the Reflexologist to detect any alterations and make appropriate changes to your personalised reflexology programme. Ideally, you will have one session per week. For cancer-related and/or serious issues, you may have two or more per week. This can then be reduced to every 15 days. Between sessions, the patient is advised to perform self-treatment in order to enhance the therapeutic potential of each appointment. This is also encouraged at the end of the treatment cycle, as reflexology is an excellent technique for preventing the onset or worsening of illnesses.

According to reports by facial reflexologists, people have found that treatments offer both physical, psychological and emotional relief. However, it is possible that conditions do not diminish after the first few treatments but instead become more acute. This is because, by stimulating the self-healing process, the body releases toxins (this is why it is important to drink a lot of water during the treatment cycle). The following treatments should lead to an overall improvement. Although it is not a miracle treatment, it can help improve a person’s overall condition in the case of serious illnesses.

There is just one possible adverse effect. It pertains to an area under the nose, considered a first aid point for resuscitation. If stimulated in pregnant women, it may bring on contractions.

What’s different about Swiss Medical Network?

At Swiss Medical Network, we welcome patients into a professional, high-quality and 100% safe working environment where you can rely on experts and professionals who guarantee personalised medical assistance that focuses on all your care needs.

FAQs

Why see a Reflexologist?

  • To receive gentle, non-invasive therapy that is free from side effects and especially beneficial for children and babies; 
  • To reduce the side effects of chemotherapy or other lifesaving treatments;
  • To strengthen the immune system, e.g., in cases of resistance to antibiotics;
  • To intervene where other interventions are impossible, as in the case of phantom limb syndrome;
  • To prevent and/or slow down the worsening of a particular set of symptoms and/or illness;
  • To achieve good psychological and physical balance.

Is reflexology painful?

Reflexology may be painful, but our philosophy is to do no harm. This is why, at the beginning of the treatment, the patient is advised to notify the Reflexologist if they feel pain, so that they can immediately relieve the pressure on the reflex zones.

Can reflexology promote weight loss?

Weight gain occurs for a number of different reasons, meaning that weight loss may be possible thanks to reflexology.

Who can perform foot reflexology?

A complementary therapist who has undergone rigorous training, having taken all the necessary courses.

What is hand reflexology?

Hand reflexology is a technique that involves pressing and massaging specific areas on the palms. It is based on the same principal as facial and foot reflexology. However, according the various experiences (recorded in literature) from sector professionals, it is less effective.