Reflexology is offered at Palace to help children of different abilities and difficulties. It delivers benefits on
a physical, mental and emotional level.
How does it work?
The theoretical basis of reflexology lies in stimulating some of the 7000 nerve endings in the feet, which correspond to different organs or parts of the body. Targeting different areas of the foot brings about a benefit to the associated area of the body. Reflexology is a self-regulatory approach meaning that the manipulation of particular reflex zone triggers the body’s own healing mechanism. Children at the Palace usually receive traditional Foot Reflexology which can be additionally enhanced by Face Reflexology Sorensensistem TM, hand reflexology or massage.
What are the benefits?
Physically, reflexology can stimulate the children’s overall immunity, improve bowel movement (especially important for children with reduced mobility), reduce existing long term conditions like asthma, eczema or kidney problems, relax the nervous system to bring down spasticity. For those with sensory issues, it gently lets them learn and accept touch on specifically sensitive areas.
Mentally, reflexology can enhance attention, focus and memory. As well as being beneficial in a nursery of school setting, this also supports the child’s overall cognitive development.
Emotionally, reflexology can strengthen self esteem and confidence. Changes or challenges in a child’s life might be at times overwhelming, such as starting a nursery or school, the arrival of a sibling, sickness in a family or separation. The soothing effect of reflexology supports the child’s coping mechanisms. It is especially effective with conditions
such as bed-wetting, where the symptoms are physical yet the origin is usually emotional.
Children at Palace often have complex and individual needs. As such, their response to the treatment can vary, depending of the nature and length of their condition. Every treatment is different and adjusted to child’s current level of well being. In addition, families are offered as much support and advice as possible, being taught reflexology techniques to use between treatments.
Regular sessions allow for the cumulative effects of treatments to be felt. Over time, the child often learns to make the connection between the touch on their feet and feeling calmer and relaxed. It’s not uncommon for children (especially nonverbal ones) to ask for the treatment by putting the hand of the therapist or the parent onto their feet or guide it to a specific area. They also establish their relationship with the therapist and so it is vital that the decision
regarding finishing the treatment involves the parent(s), the therapist and the child and the ceasing happens gradually.