Reflexology is both an ancient science and a modern day complementary therapy. Reflexology works on the principal that there are reflexes in the feet and hands relative to all organs, functions and parts of the human body. These reflexes are connected through a system of energy and nerve supply within the body, which can become congested or blocked causing the body to function less effectively. Reflexologists manually stimulate these reflexes to relax tension and direct the free flow of vital energy throughout the body.

Reflexologists believe that strong emotions, anxiety and stress can impair the normal regulation of the autonomic nervous system, causing an adverse effect on those bowel functions normally carried out automatically. Reflexology aims to relax retained tension in the body’s tissues and organs, and balance metabolism in those key organs involved in digestion, namely the stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, small intestine and colon.

Reflexology is said to provide natural relief from many everyday health conditions through its ability to relax mental and physical tension in the body, improve general circulation and nerve supply, boost the immune system, encourage the elimination of the body’s harmful wastes and toxins, and restore a sense of harmony to the body.  

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Disclaimer: The IBS Network only endorses those complementary therapies for which there is robust evidence of effectiveness for IBS. These would include psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. Since many people with IBS utilise these therapies, our policy is to provide impartial information on the nature, practice, evidence base and safety of these therapies. We would always recommend that you choose a competent and professional therapist who can provide safe treatment in conjunction with your conventional doctor. Should you have any concerns we would advise you to speak with your GP before commencing any therapy.

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