REFLEXOLOGY IS A THERAPY IN WHICH WE TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON - MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT...
I am a member of the Association of Reflexologist's which sets standards for the profession and provides a network of qualified practitioners to which the public can refer with confidence. As a member I am regulated by the Associations code of practice and ethics.
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 is not a "foot massage" (although a warm up massage will be given at the start of treatment). Reflexology involves the application of pressure and manipulation to specific points and areas on all parts of the feet called - REFLEXES. Reflexologists relate these points to organs, structures and tissues of the body.
The body is mapped onto the feet through these reflex points, similar principles can apply to the hands, face and ears.
Reflexology is 100% natural and non invasive.
Reflexology is relaxing, rejuvenating, soothing and healing and can provide a sense of well being. The ideal is for you to drift into a state of deep relaxation while still being aware of sensations within the body.
Reflexology can be considered a method of preventative healthcare, helping the body to relax, releasing tensions and toxins,and removing energy blockages, helping the body to re-boot and rebalance, returning to its own equilibrium.
A client consultation will be carried out to asses your health and any contraindications to treatment. Your first visit will allow for this to be included at no extra cost, so please be prepared for your first visit to take up to 90 minutes, with future visits being 60 minutes.
Reflexology has proved beneficial for people looking for help with all sorts of conditions, such as : migraine, anxiety, peri menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and mood change, thyroid issues, stress, aches and pains, menstrual problems, plantar fasciitis, neuropathy and so much more.
REFLEXOLOGY FOR FERTILITY DIFFICULTIES:
Couples are increasingly turning to complimentary therapies with an aim to help them conceive. Reflexology is one of the most popular therapies couples in this situation are turning to, thanks to good anecdotal evidence.
The intention is to reduce the toxin levels, improving hormone and reproductive function, generally balancing all body systems, creating more optimum conditions for conception or to help support assisted conception.
The IDEAL is for both partners to be involved in treatments and addressing issues, but more often the woman attends alone.
Reflexology may be able to help with conditions which make it difficult to conceive such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, or fibroids. Reflexology can be used as a natural approach, or together with clinical support for their condition. Other couples may have experienced one or more early miscarriages and see reflexology as a potential support for a new and sustained pregnancy.
GENTLE TOUCH REFLEXOLOGY:
Gentle touch reflexology is a wonderful modality which is exactly as it sounds - very gentle - yet very effective. It is excellent for babies and children, and the elderly. It is extremely soothing, based on energy it can be very calming.
REFLEXOLOGY LYMPH DRAINAGE (RLD):
This is an award winning reflexology technique developed and researched by Sally Kay at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The research is showing fantastic results and is ongoing , the National Health Service (NHS) are also involved in trials. The focus is on stimulating the lymphatic system through the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. The aim is to kick start and promote the drainage of the lymphatic system within the body.
Breast Cancer is one of the most common cancers in the U.K.
20% of breast cancer patients will develop secondary lymphoedema of an arm post breast cancer surgery.
Lymphoedema is due to tissue swelling from the lymphatic system not draining efficiently or completely post surgery, and beyond. This can result in pain, movement restriction and in some cases the need to wear a pressure garment to encourage lymphatic drainage, all of which may inflame emotional and psychological difficulties on top of the trauma already experienced. RLD has been researched and is evidence based with additional funds being given for yet further study into it's benefits from The NHS.
RLD is proving to be effective in other situations and conditions, through ongoing research from reflexologists all over G.B and as far away as Canada and U.S.A we are now seeing fantastic results in areas such as helping post-op recovery, fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis, many more auto-immune conditions, lipoedema as well as lymphoedema, and so much more.
HOT STONE REFLEXOLOGY :
Hot stone reflexology is deeply relaxing and absolute bliss. Don't just take it from me try it for yourself - Your legs are covered with an organic medium to allow the hot stones to glide with ease. The basalt stones are heated and then used to massage from the leg, just below the knee down on to the top of 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 stone to work deeper into the muscle tissue, bringing about physiological changes as well as influencing the body's internal energy flow (Chi); therefore bringing a balance to both body and mind. Taking you down to a deeper level of relaxation. Winter is an ideal time to have this treatment as its great for warming those cold feet.
The Vedas (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). Ayurveda teaches us how to live in harmony with nature and ourselves, all the while considering the scope and purpose of life. 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.
Ayurvedic foot massage is called Padabhyanga and is a deeply relaxing treatment which uses herb infused oil which is warmed and used in a foot and leg treatment (the smell is devine). It help's to detoxify, relax and harmonise the body and mind, promotes quality of sleep, improves the circulation of blood and lymph, and can reduce swelling and discomfort in the legs. It stabilises the flow of Prana (energy) and calms the Dosha's (Body type). Your feet and legs are massaged with a Kasa bowl or a Kasa wand which is made of seven different metals which help to draw out any excess heat and toxins from the body.
Lastly the Marma points (similar to acupuncture points) on the knees, calves, ankles and feet are worked. Warm damp towels are used to remove the toxins which may have been released through the skin, along with any excess oil.
HOW WILL YOU FEEL AFTER A TREATMENT?
Reflexology is very individual, you may feel thirsty and tired after and should take the rest of the day easy and increase your fluid intake over the following 24 hours to help flush out toxins from the body. You should avoid alcohol and other stimulants during this time, allowing the reflexology to continue its work. It is also best to eat lightly and avoid heavy meals while this process occurs.
You may feel emotional if you have some issues to address, and sometimes your aches, pains and any symptoms may increase for a short time, before improving.
Most people manage to have a very sound sleep after reflexology.
Did you know:
* There are more sensitive nerve endings in your feet per Cm2 than in any other part of your body
* Per day your feet bear a cumulative weight total of 1,000 tonnes
* Over your lifetime you will walk approx a total of 128,000Km, which is more than 3 X around the world