Reflexology is a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body.
The treatment itself is a holistic treatment working with reflex points in the feet, which relate to a different party of the body. The aim of reflexology is to achieve a holistic balance on a physical, spiritual and emotional level. A simple definition of Reflexology is massaging specific areas of the hands or feet for the purpose of relieving the stress or pain in corresponding areas of the body.
There are over 7,000 nerve endings on the bottom of each foot. Stimulation of these nerve endings sends signals along to the spinal cord, and up to the thalamus gland in the brain, which produces its own opiate-like painkillers called endorphins. Reflexology stimulates the body’s own pain killing system. Similar to acupressure, the application of pressure to the points over the whole body, and acupuncture, the placement of needles in certain points in the body. However, Reflexology uses only massage on the hands or feet to relieve the stress of the body.
About the Therapist
Olive Kelly‘s treatment is a combination of classical reflexology, chi reflexology and reiki. Whether it is a pressure point or a needlepoint, it is the nervous system reactions to this stimulus that begins the process of releasing painkillers from the brain and placed into the bloodstream to distribute throughout the body.
To book an appointment, please call Olive Kelly on +353 86 3376244.