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.
The types of reflexology I practice include :
* 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
All of the above are described in detail further down the page.
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 so fuss free, you keep your clothes on, removing only your shoes and socks, although it is good to have access to the whole lower leg if possible (so loose trousers, a skirt, dress or shorts are good choices to wear for your treatment, please try not to wear skinny jeans for your treatment)
Reflexology is 100% natural and non invasive , it involves the application of pressure and manipulation to specific points on the feet , these points are 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 the most out of 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 is NOT a "foot rub", although a warm up foot massage will be given at the start of your treatment
Reflexology is deeply relaxing, rejuvenating and soothing, providing feelings of well being. Please do not worry if you find yourself drifting off, as this is the ideal state of deep relaxation, allowing the body to rebalance, while you are still aware of all of the sensations within the body.
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.
Reflexology has proved beneficial for people looking to improve their health and well being with all sorts of conditions, including:
* 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
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK. 20% of breast cancer patients will develop secondary lymphoedema of the 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 over a number of years now and is evidence based, with additional funds being given for further study into its benefits, from the NHS.
Reflexology lymph drainage (RLD) is proving to be effective in other situations and conditions , through ongoing research from qualified reflexologists all over Great Britain, 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, 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
So what exactly is Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT)?
FRT is a combination of relaxation techniques drawn from reflexology . Designed to empower those who support children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, learning difficulties and complex needs with the skills to deliver a short repetitive relaxation routine, that can be carried out at a time suitable to you and your child.
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
Why use FRT?
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:
* Promote relaxation
* 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 is learned through a workshop, this can be in the comfort your own home or at a local venue depending on interest.
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.
By learning the routine through an FRT workshop, you will learn the basic skills and routines demonstrated by myself (a qualified reflexologist)for the benefit of you and your family. this workshop does not provide you with a reflexology qualification to teach others.
GENTLE TOUCH REFLEXOLOGY
Gentle touch reflexology is exactly as it sounds. It is a wonderful modality - very gentle yet very effective, it is excellent for babies, children and the elderly, and extremely soothing. It is based on energy.
Both this and FRT are suitable for the elderly, and can be extremely soothing and calming to those with dementia.
f 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
Hot stone reflexology is deeply relaxing and absolute bliss. Don't just take it from me. Try it for yourself. 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, 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.
Winter is a very popular time for this treatment as it is great for warming up those cold feet.
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). 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).
Ayurvedic foot massage helps to detoxify, relax, and harmonise the body and mind. It promotes quality of sleep, improves the circulation of blood and lymph, and may reduce swelling and discomfort in the legs. It is said to stabilise the flow of Prana (energy) and calm the Dosha's.
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