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Reflexology to detox the body
Reflexology works on reflex areas of the feet
The ancient healing art of reflexology has been known to man for thousands of years and was first practiced by the early Greek, Chinese and Egyptians.

It is now becoming ever more popular in Cornwall.
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Reflexology is a complementary therapy that works on the principal that reflex areas in the feet and hands correspond to certain parts of the body. Treating the whole foot can have a relaxing, balancing, detoxing and healing effect on the whole body.

What to expect
The treatment itself usually takes about an hour including a consultation of around 15 minutes. The consultation helps the practicioner build up a picture of the client's overall health and lifestyle and checks for any medical or health issues.

During a treament the client removes their socks and shoes and lies on a massage couch normally with the back upright. The reflexologist then cleans and examines the feet.

The reflexologist will then note the size, colour, shape, odour, texture, temperature or any hard skin, blisters, corns or infections of the feet. This helps indicate any problems or areas of congestion in the body. They will apply a small amount of talc or cream to help work the reflex points on the feet.

St Ives based reflexologist Jane Taylor says: "The treatment starts and ends with relaxation techniques over the whole foot. The reflexologist will then cover each reflex point from toes to heel and on the surface of the foot.

"They work on one foot at a time, using thumbs and fingers with pressure that is firm but not painful. They may then re-work any particular sore areas which indicates inbalances in those areas."

It is claimed that reflexology can help reduce many common ailments including stress, pain, menstrual problems, digestive problems, headaches and insomnia.

A typical treatment will last about 45 minutes and prices will vary. You can expect to pay anything between £20 and £50 for a treatment. Reflexology treatments are offered at most holistic and beauty therapy centres throughout Cornwall.

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