What is Limbic Reflexology? Limbic Reflexology is concerned with the Limbic brain networks. These networks monitor what is happening both within our body and what’s going on around us and in response to the constant state of change in those environments, they are concerned with regulatory processes aimed at maintaining balance or homeostasis.
Naturally the limbic brain can become overloaded or disrupted at times which in some cases can lead to chronic pain, anxiety, fear or hightened sensitivity. Limbic reflexology aims to help restore the natural balance of our bodies and mind through this specialist treatment concentrating on the reflex areas of the feet that correspond to the subcortical structures and nuclei of the brain, which are largely responsible for filtering information from our external, and internal world, and for generating our autonomic and behaviour responses, to that information. This includes our emotional responses, and our response to our experience of pain.
Limbic Reflexology was developed by Hamish Edgar, who lives and works as a Reflexologist in South Yorkshire. Hamish has worked all his life in the field of mental health and when he discovered the first limbic reflex area in 2011, he began to develop a reflexology approach to mental health problems. Limbic Reflexology is the result of this work.
The limbic brain generates emotional, physiological and behavioural responses, and as such, is responsible for generating our range of emotional responses, determines our experience of pain, facilitates learning and memory processes, and generates the motivation that underpins our behaviour responses.
How can Limbic Reflexology help me? Where there is a temporary or ongoing disruption of the limbic networks, the natural homeostasis is not achieved. The networks may become oversensitive, as in some chronic pain conditions or in the case of chronic fear and anxiety our alarm system becomes hyper vigilant. Limbic reflexology can help relieve stress and improve symptoms associated with:
Stress, anxiety and depression
CFS / ME
Limbic Reflexology is not a stand-alone therapy but will form part of an overall reflexology treatment. All of the limbic reflex areas are found in the big toes so expect your reflexologist to concentrate their time on this area of your feet. Treatments typically last between 45 and 60 minutes and usually a minimum of six to eight treatments are advised.