Reflexology

Reflexology is a wonderfully relaxing holistic treatment which works with the body to restore balance naturally. It is based on the theory that the foot is a map of the body and that all Reflexology nerves end in the feet! When applying pressures to specific reflex points, the therapist is able to clear the energy to that corresponding body part through the energy and nerve pathways. Reflexology aims to break down small crystals (which are believed to be uric acid and calcium deposits) which block free flowing energy and create congestion to specific areas.

Reflexology uses various gentle pressures to break down these small crystals so that they can be eliminated by the body, restoring the natural balance within the body systems. Basic forms of foot therapy have been around for thousands of years and the earliest evidence found dates back to Ancient Egypt 2330 years ago. But there have been a great many developments in the last hundred years or so, including the development of the quite phenomenal 'zone theory' which is used by Reflexologists today.

Reflexology has many benefits but it can help to:

  • Relax, unwind and relieve stress
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce tension throughout the body
  • Eliminate toxins
  • Improve digestive complaints
  • Balance the level of hormones within the body
  • Improve circulation
  • Stimulate nerve function
  • Relieve aches and pains
  • Promote better sleep
  • Give a renewed sense of well-being
  • Manage medical conditions

Reflexology can also be used to tackle and improve specific conditions and ailments and while a one-off treatment will give the client some temporary relief a small course of treatments is normally recommended in order to maximize the full benefit of the treatment.

Reflexology for Fertility, Pregnancy and a Natural Labour.

In January 2018, I embarked on a course in London which has helped me hone my skills with regards to Fertility and the care of Pregnant women. This gave me a deeper understanding of female infertility and various conditions affecting it. It has taught and enabled me to use stronger and more specific movements on targeted areas to promote a more balanced endocrine system, encouraging ovulation and making conditions more favourable for a growing embryo. Whilst Reflexology is in no way a guarantee of a successful pregnancy, it has been known to help create enough balance to increase the body's chances of things occurring naturally. A Reflexology course of 4 or more treatments is recommended for this. Reflexology during Pregnancy assists in managing the aches and pains of pregnancy by targeting specific reflex areas whilst offering support to the Mother. It can offer valuable relaxation at a very important time. Reflexology after 37 weeks of Pregnancy can help smooth the way for a easy labour, particularly if had in weekly or twice weekly intervals before the birth. It has also been known to stimulate labour in some clients.

Reflexology for Menopause

Reflexology for Menopause

“The British Menopause Society says a recent survey found that 95% of women would try alternative therapies before HRT because they think they’re more natural”

Menopause can present a time in a woman’s life where she may need to take time to pause and reframe. What does she want the second half of her life to look like? How can she go about achieving it? How can she invest in her future?

A heavier focus on health, wellness and self care, can play an important role in laying good foundations for the future and science has proven the benefit of relaxation on the body for managing stress and anxiety alone!

Focussed reflexology and acupressure points work to balance the hormones and glandular function, activate the parasympathetic nervous system (instilling calm) and can be used to focus specifically on individual client symptoms from night sweats and hot flushes to headaches and sleep disorders. Reflexology for menopause provides a safe space for a woman to rest, recuperate and do some self reflection. It seeks to restore balance within mind, body and spirit.

“Reflexology can be effective in decreasing vasomotor problems and increasing quality of life in the menopausal period” (Gozuyesil E, Baser M. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Aug;24:78-85)

“The foot reflexology technique can be effective for reducing women’s depression during menopause” (F Mahdavipour et al. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Volume 47, 2019)

“Reflexology can be an effective therapy for sleep disorders and hot flushes in menopause.” (Maryam Asltoghiri, Zara Ghodsi, Procedia-Social and Behavioural sciences, Volume31,2012, p 242)

Approved Practitioner

Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage

I qualified as a RLD practitioner in November 2020 and now offer this as a stand alone treatment or as an integration into my standard reflexology treatments.

RLD is an award winning Reflexology technique that works on stimulating the lymphaticv reflexes on the feet which in turn can stimulate the lymphatic system. Developed by the pioneer Sally Kay who developed her technique whilst working in cancer care, it is swiftly gaining in popularity and now has much evidence backing it’s efficacy.

Lymphoedema is defined as tissue swelling due to the failure of adequate lymph drainage. RLD works in a similar way to Manual Lymphatic Drainage and works to remove excess lymph and fluid stored within the body. It’s beneficial for those suffering primary and secondary lymphoedema as well as helping inflammatory conditions such as:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • M.E
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Aches, Pains and Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma and Eczema
  • Sinus Problems

Reflexology courses

Courses of 4, 6 and 10 treatments, at approximately weekly intervals are recommended initially. After which time a client might choose a monthly treatment or to wait several months and then book another course. All clients react at different speeds, but it is more effective to begin with a course of four, after which time a review will be made as to the best way to proceed.

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