Reflexology and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
The secret is in the initial consultation. A detailed note should be made of the existing condition, using questions beginning ‘How often….?, How severe…..? What sort of pain….? etc. Preferably record the client’s own words so these can be read back after three or four months when the symptoms may be occurring less frequently and with less intensity. The difference will highlight the efficacy of the treatments to the client and as therapists we all deserve and enjoy some appreciation!
(For chronic conditions such as IBS, always work in the direction of the flow of the relevant energy meridian.)
Do this at least twice during the treatment.
St 36 should not be worked if the client is feeling nauseous or has just had a heavy meal.
I often link St 36 with the reflex on the foot corresponding to the part of the digestive system that has been causing the most pain. For stomach bloating I place the middle finger of one hand on St 36 and the middle finger of the other hand on the stomach reflex and hold gently until I feel an energy balance. This could take a few minutes.
‘Energy balance’ is difficult to explain. Sometimes the feeling in the fingers will be a pulse, sometimes a vibration, whatever – when both fingers feel the same sensation a balance has been achieved. The same principle can be used with, say, the colon reflex or whatever seems appropriate for that particular client.
Other standard calming and relaxing moves should also be incorporated into the reflexology treatment. A short guided relaxation or meditation period before the treatment can be helful and work on the chakras will help release any deep seated emotional issues. Combined with dietary advice, all this makes reflexology an ideal therapy for managing IBS.