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FUNCTIONAL REFLEX THERAPY
Functional Reflex Therapy was established by Lorraine Senior who is an experienced teacher working with children with Special Educational Needs, and also a Reflexologist. Functional Reflex Therapy offers a unique relaxation routine supported with the FRT tool kit and is already being used as a timetabled therapy in schools and also at home for children and young adults with Autism, other non-specific communication difficulties, learning difficulties, children with challenging behaviours and children with high levels of stress and anxiety. It is also used in care homes with adults who are affected by conditions such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s. This form of therapy can also be used to achieve relaxation, which can help in dealing with stressful situations in any environment.
Functional Reflex Therapy is based on the theory and practice of Reflexology. The therapist uses a combination of movements of their hands, fingers and thumbs over specific areas and specific reflex points of the client’s feet and lower legs, or their hands and forearms. These movements are delivered in a flowing style, with each movement being repeated in a routine which usually lasts for approximately 15 - 20 minutes and provides a sense of calmness and relaxation.
The primary outcome of Reflexology using the Functional Reflex Therapy Approach is relaxation. The therapy encourages the body to relax and relieve tension through a combination of positive touch and relaxation techniques. FRT affects the sympathetic nervous system, that is the system which prepares us for 'fight or flight', both calming the production of the stress hormones including cortisol, and increasing production of the'happy' hormones, such as seratonin. The routine can be extremely beneficial for those experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety and depression. The routine helps to create calming conditions which may encourage a better focus, concentration and receptiveness. For children at school, it can help in their personal preparation for learning and ongoing activities.
Regular Reflexology may:
Reduce anxiety and stress related conditions
Induce relaxation and calm
Help with sleep disorders
Help improve mood
Help concentration and focus
Have a positive effect on issues that affect individuals and those around them in many areas of their everyday lives.
Reflexology does not claim to diagnose or cure medical conditions, it can, however, facilitate the body’s own healing processes which may bring relief from symptoms of many conditions.