REFLEXOLOGY IS A THERAPY IN WHICH WE TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON - MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT...
* General Reflexology
* Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)
* Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT)
* Gentle Touch Reflexology
* Reflexology for Fertility difficulties
* Reflexology for the client in pain
* Hot stone Reflexology
* Ayurvedic Reflexology
So, what is Reflexology and where does it come from?
Reflexology is an ancient healing art dating back to the ancient Egyptians , China and India. It was revived and developed in the West in the late 19th century
Reflexology involves the application of pressure and manipulation to specific points and areas all over the feet, these points are known as reflexes. Reflexologists relate these points to specific glands, organs, nerves, tissues and other body structures. The body is mapped onto the feet through these reflex points , similar principals apply to the hands, face and ears.
Reflexology is 100% natural and non invasive
Reflexology is 100% natural and non invasive , it involves the application of pressure and manipulation to specific points on the feet, known as reflexes. Reflexologists relate these points to organs, glands, nerves, tissues and other structures in the body. The body is mapped onto the feet through these reflex points, similar principals apply to the hands, face and ears.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A REFLEXOLOGY SESSION?
When you first arrive a client consultation will be carried out which includes your general health and any medications you may be on.
This is to look for any contraindications to treatment, and to help to plan your session so you get maximum benefit from it. Your first visit to A Positive Touch will allow time for this, at no extra cost, so please be prepared for your first visit to take slightly longer than the usual 60 minute treatment time.
Reflexology can be considered a method of preventative healthcare, helping the body to release tensions and toxins, removing energy blockages, helping the body to reboot and repair itself, returning to its own equilibrium.
* General aches and pains
* Peri-menopausal symptoms including hot flushes and mood changes
* Menstrual problems
* Thyroid problems
* poor sleep
And so much more
Reflexology is different for each individual, you may feel energised after it. Others may feel tired and take the rest of the day to rest. You should increase your fluid intake over the following 24 hours to help the body to flush out toxins, avoiding alcohol and other stimulants during this time, allowing the reflexology time to continue its work, it is also best to eat lightly and avoid heavy meals while this process occurs.
Some people can feel emotional if they have issues to address, yet some have better clarity of thought. Occasionally for some aches and pains may worsen before improving, and for others they disappear at the start. Most people have a very sound sleep after reflexology.
when we take a client history and make a plan of your goals and treatment it will include a recommended schedule, you may require weekly sessions for 6 weeks, dropping to fortnightly then monthly for top up sessions only (this is just one example).
REFLEXOLOGY LYMPH DRAINAGE
Reflexology lymph drainage (RLD) is proving to be effective in other situations and conditions , through ongoing research from qualified reflexologists all over the U.K , and as far away as Canada, China and The USA , there is a growing bank of anecdotal evidence which shows fantastic results in such things as post operative recovery, fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and many more auto immune conditions, lipoedema as well as lymphoedema, and so much more.
FUNCTIONAL REFLEX THERAPY
Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT) was developed by a lady called Lorraine Senior (a UK based reflexologist with a wealth of experience working with children,with special needs and disabilities, and their families for over 20 years)
Over a number of years Lorraine delivered reflexology as part of the timetabled therapy in the education system, residential environments and for a local children's charity. She was passionate about what she was bringing to the children and families and encouraged by the research went on to develop the Functional Reflex Therapy(FRT)programme in 2012
The FRT package is unique in that it encourages you to use objects of reference such as symbols, photographs and objects that may help to promote communication
FRT provides a wonderful sensory experience for the receiver and may encourage the release of feel good chemicals throughout the body, which may help to:
* Improve mood
* Reduce anxiety
* Support wellbeing
* Encourage the receiver to be more receptive
* Encourage social interaction
* Have a positive effect on the issues that affect individuals and people around them in many areas of their every day lives
FRT can be learned through a workshop, this can be in the comfort your own home or at a local venue depending on interest.
FRT can also be used as a reflexology session in its own right for your child or children within an education environment (with parental or guardian permission)
The workshop is designed to be friendly, fun and informative, it teaches the routines to be applied to both the hand and the foot.
The workshop would require two 2 1/2 hour sessions, held over consecutive weeks
The workshop will provide all hand outs to support your new skills
If the child/adult you are thinking of would prefer hand only or foot only for some reason please do discuss this with me.
If you are from an educational background and feel FRT could benefit children ( and /or the staff) in your school, and would like to consider setting up FRT sessions and wish to discuss this further please do get in touch through the website as this is possible on a sessional basis.
GENTLE TOUCH REFLEXOLOGY
Both this and FRT are suitable for the elderly, and can be extremely soothing and calming to those with dementia.
if you would like me to do a home visit to a family home or to a nursing home to see your relative please do get in touch to discuss.
HOT STONE REFLEXOLOGY
Please ensure your complete lower leg can be accessed for this treatment.
Your legs will be covered in an organic medium to allow the heated basalt stones to glide with ease. The legs are massaged from just below the knee down the leg, onto the foot and the sole of the foot. the stones are then used to work on all of the usual reflexology points . The heat from the stones allow the stones to work deeper into the muscle tissue, and reflex points- bringing physiological changes as well as influencing the body's internal energy flow (Chi), therefore bringing balance to both body and mind. Taking you down to a deeper level of relaxation.
The Veda's (pronounced vai-duhs) are ancient sacred texts upon which Hinduism is based with some evidence to say their content dates back at least five thousand years. Out of the Vedas developed Ayurveda (Ayuh is Sanskrit for long life or vitality).
Many consider Ayurveda as "the mother of medicine", because its principles seem to have influenced the development of Chinese, Greek, Arabic and other traditional medical systems. acupressure, acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy and naturopathy and many more are all to be found in ancient Ayurvedic texts.
Your feet and legs will be massaged with a Kasa bowl or a Kasa wand, which is made of seven different types of metals, which help to draw out excess heat and toxins from the body.
Lastly the marma points (similar to acupuncture points) on the kness, calves, ankles and feet are worked. Warm damp towels are then used to remove any toxins which may have been released through the skin, along with any excess oil
I trained for Fertility and Birth reflexology with the vastly experienced Helen Harris, In Edinburgh. She had many years experience of both practice and teaching.
We hear more and more of the difficulties some couples have, while trying to conceive. Many are turning to reflexology and many GP's are suggesting reflexology.
The first thing I will do is tell you the same as any IVF specialist will tell you - "Pregnancy is not guaranteed"
The most important part is to gather a lot of information at the outset, information about both you and your partners health and lifestyle.
The information gathering process is quite rigorous , so expect it to take some time and to provide information on your menstrual cycle , your occupation, your diet, energy levels etc
Ideally you should be seen weekly initially , so it is a good idea to ensure your diary will allow this.
Many women go on to have reflexology throughout their pregnancy, with others preferring to wait until after the birth before returning to it for various reasons. It is personal choice.
Reflexology can also be used to support a couple through IVF, if this is an option for you please get in touch to discuss where you are in your IVF journey before booking.