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What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a natural therapy using massage like techniques over specific reflex points. Within reflexology all the organs, glands and systems are mapped in miniature on the feet and hands. During a treatment I am constantly looking for indicators to the client’s general health which can present themselves as gritty or tender areas. These areas are then worked to encourage good blood flow to the corresponding system, organ or gland.

Who can benefit?

This ever popular treatment is showing great results and is believed to help with pain relief and in treating a myriad of conditions such as:

  • Stress
  • Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Infertility problems
  • PMS
  • Neck & Back pain
  • Eczema
  • Asthma

What format does a treatment take?

In your first session a thorough consultation will take place before the treatment. The session will be around 1 ½ hours. The consultation gives me an insight into your medical history, any problems or health issues you may have and to draw up a program of treatments if required.
Once the consultation is complete, comes the nice bit, a roughly 45-50 min treatment consisting of a warm up massage, then a series of massage like movements where I work over the whole feet pressing and working certain reflex points.
Other aspects will be added if I think appropriate, such as: Vertical treatments and chakra balancing.

How many sessions will I need?

Many peoples conditions whether it be back pain, migraines, eczema, IBS have taken an amount of time to present themselves in recognisable symptoms. Therefore are unlikely to disappear after 1 treatment of whatever therapy the individual chooses.
The IFR (International Federation of Reflexologists, of which I am a member), suggest that if choosing Reflexology you should have 6 weekly treatments, then drop down to 2 treatments for a month and then on a monthly basis.
Through my experience it is better to begin with a concentrated block of treatments to kick start changes, so I offer a treatment plan of 6 treatments for the price of 5. Of course some just want a one off relaxing session for a treat, or to give as a gift. Gift vouchers can be purchased just call for details.

Will a treatment hurt or tickle and are there side effects?

A treatment should never hurt however, sometimes areas of congestion maybe sensitive . A good Reflexologists is always very aware of the clients facial expressions and will ask on occasions to check the pressure is correct for the individual.
I’ve yet to treat anyone that found Reflexology ticklish, your feet are held firmly and even people that have warned me beforehand that they are ticklish have not found it so.

It is believed that reflexology helps to release toxins in the system, so after a treatment I always advise that you drink plenty of water, normally a glass of water before you have left the couch or chair! You may experience increased bowel movement and urination, and headaches can happen, usually when not enough water is consumed.

Many people report feeling incredibly relaxed, having feelings of wellbeing, feeling fired up and energised, confident, creative and a whole host of other things. On of my favourite comments was:?“My feet felt like they were filled with helium the following day, like I was walking on air”

How old is Reflexology?

In it’s present form, not very old, it was termed Reflexology by a lady called Eunice Ingham. A qualified Physiotherapist who had taken an active part in the mapping of the feet with a Doctor called Dr. William Fitzgerald in the US in the 1930’s. However the roots of reflexology culminate from around the globe and healing through the hands and feet can be traced back to 2500BC in Ancient Egypt.

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