Reflexology is a natural, non-intrusive complementary therapy based on the theory that the organs, areas and systems of the body are reflected on the feet and hands.
Reflexology is holistic, taking into account the whole person. Each treatment is bespoke as it responds to not only the person’s physical symptoms but also to their emotional and mental wellbeing.
Using a unique combination of finger and thumb pressure to stimulate the reflex areas, reflexology aims to improve blood circulation, restore balance, encourage relaxation and invigorate the health of the client.
The areas within reflexology that especially interest me range from women’s health, improving hormonal imbalances such as hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue and allergy-related conditions, digestive issues, and supporting couples to conceive, have a healthy pregnancy and recover and repair quickly post-natal.
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Reflexology’s aim is to rebalance the body’s systems, relax mind and body and encourage the body to heal itself.
Its benefits can help a range of conditions such as stress and anxiety, insomnia, adrenal fatigue, muscular tension, poor digestion, period pain, PMS, asthma, headaches and migraines.
It can work alongside conventional medicine to help relieve pain for people going through chronic illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis or cancer treatment.
At the first treatment I’ll take a full medical history and details about your lifestyle and dietary habits, and then we’ll chat about your general sense of wellbeing and your reasons for coming. I combine this with an examination of your feet and an exploration of the reflexes.
At follow up treatments we talk about any progress you have made or any current conditions you might have. I’ll then put together a treatment plan for future sessions.
You’ll remain clothed for the session apart from taking off your shoes and socks, and you’ll lie on a reclining chair or couch.
The treatment includes some relaxation techniques as well as some more in-depth techniques for different reflexes and areas of the foot. These more in-depth techniques can cause some sensitivity but the sensation passes quickly.
The effects of reflexology are unique to each person.
Most people feel wonderfully relaxed and some can find it uplifting and energising. Some people might feel tired or lethargic directly after a treatment, but this can pass and be replaced with increased energy and the ability to sleep more deeply that night.
Occasionally, other reactions to treatment may occur, such as headaches. This is rare, and can be due to the toxins being released from the body, and the body rebalancing and cleansing itself.
Reflexology can be enjoyed as a one-off treatment for relaxation.
Having a treatment once a month can be used as a preventative and maintenance programme.
A course of six weekly treatments is recommended to experience the full therapeutic benefits of reflexology.