What is reflexology?
It's a complementary therapy with origins dating back over 2000 years to Ancient Egypt, China and India. Reflexologists believe that areas (reflexes) of the feet, hands or face are related to other parts of the body and by applying pressure to these reflexes will work the whole body to promote relaxation and the body’s own healing process.
Reflexology is suitable for all ages from the very young to the very elderly and I have treated my children from birth. People use the treatments as either a restorative or preventative treatment for both the body and the mind. It is non-invasive and relaxing and can enhance emotional wellbeing, support healthier sleep patterns and create a sense of well being and calm. As a reflexologist I treat each person holistically and treatments will be tailored to your individual goals both physically and mentally. I will never claim to diagnose, treat or cure and reflexology should not be used instead of conventional medical treatment, it can, however be used to compliment and work along side it. Many people find it effective in helping to manage or alleviate symptoms of a range of conditions after just a couple of treatments, however people suffering long term chronic conditions may require a course of treatments before they feel any significant improvement.
The Impact of stress on the body
We all live in busy worlds where we rush from one activity to the next and have little time to switch off. Stress is known to have a huge impact on our bodies and is known to be a contributory factor in many illness. Reflexology treatments help the body to relax which in turn helps to reduce the impact of stress which has a huge positive impact on the body both in a mental and physical capacity.
What are the benefits of reflexology?
People have reflexology for a variety of reasons;
- Stress management and anxiety related conditions
- Before, during and after pregnancy
- Encouraging the natural drainage of the lymphatic system
- Lymphoedema and swelling
- Improving circulation
- Hormonal imbalance
- Aids digestion
- Toxin elimination
- Strengthen immunity
- Great sense of wellbing
- Promote healthy sleep patterns
- Hormone balancing
- Helping to relieve symptoms of various health conditions
Your first appointment will begin with a health and lifestyle assessment and a chance to discuss anything that may be concerning you and to outline your treatment goals. I will ask you to remove your socks and footwear and then you'll be made comfortable in my treatment chair (which is super comfy). I'll then cleanse your feet before applying reflexology balm and starting treatment. During the treatment I will use various massage techniques and different pressures on areas of your feet with the aim to stimulate the body's healing process. I recommend that you wear loose comfortable clothes and to take contact lenses out beforehand and I really don’t mind if your legs aren’t shaved and you have not had a pedicure! If having facial reflexology, I will wrap your hair and remove your makeup before using oil on your face.
How will I feel during and after the treatment
Everyone responds differently to treatments depending on how they are feeling physically, emotionally, hormonally or spiritually. During the treatment some will find areas on their feet are more sensitive and briefly uncomfortable which normally relates to an area of imbalance in the body. These areas should ease during the treatment or course of treatments as I work on releasing the congestion. Please don't be concerned if you are ticklish as after the first few seconds you will not find it so and many people find the treatment so relaxing that they fall asleep.
After the treatment we can discuss any sensitive or congested areas and I will advise on aftercare or some self help hand reflexology. Following treatment some people report that they feel more energised with an increased sense of well-being, feeling more relaxed and improved sleep. Sometimes you may feel a little worse for a short time period afterwards - typically up to 48 hours. This may be that you are more lethargic, you need to urinate more frequently or even tearful. These are normal reactions and are part of the healing process and a sign that the body is responding well to treatment and is only transitory. You can support yourself by drinking plenty of water and resting.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Most people will feel the benefits from the first session and relief from symptoms within the first 3 to 6 treatments. However the results of reflexology are cumulative and I would recommend that you book a course of 6 treatments initially. The closer together the treatments the quicker the result however you choose whether you come weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Many people use reflexology as a monthly wellbeing treat to help maintain good health.