Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients.
A Brief History of Reflexology
Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, this therapy was not introduced to the West until Dr William Fitzgerald developed ‘Zone therapy’. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930’s, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known as reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body
Is Reflexology Suitable for Me?
Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between. However, there may occasionally be times when it is not suitable to provide a treatment. If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact me and I will happily have a chat with you prior to any booking you may wish to make.
Will Reflexology Help Me?
Well trained reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing.
The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually, after a treatment your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving. You may also find that other aspects improve too; however, this happens on an individual basis.
With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to take more responsibility for their own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life.
What Happens During a Reflexology Session?
A consultation form will be completed before your first treatment, and you will be asked to sign a consent form for treatment. This information will be kept confidential. Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive; depending on the type of reflexology, the most clothing that will have to be removed for a treatment to take place will be your socks and shoes.
The therapist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet, lower leg, hands, ears or face, depending on the type of reflexology chosen. You may feel areas of transient discomfort during the treatment, but generally the experience should be relaxing.
The therapist may recommend a course of treatments.
How Will I Feel After a Reflexology Session?
It is useful to give feedback to the reflexologist as this may show the response of your body to treatment. This in turn might help the reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs. After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; however, sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is usually transitory and reflexologists believe that it is part of the healing process.
As well as classic reflexology, I am fully trained and insured in the following special reflexology treatments;
New for 2020! Reflexology With Reiki
A session which incorporates reiki and reflexology! Fifteen minutes of reiki followed by 45 minutes of reflexology with some reiki incorporated into the treatment. The focus is on the energetic points on the feet as well as working the reflexes as you would in classic reflexology.
And coming Soon (March 2020) Reflexology Lymph Drainage
Reflexology For Specific Life Stages and Supporting Chronic Illnesses
Reflexology for Conception
As a reflexologist, I am trained in conception reflexology so I can support you in your conception journey, wherever you may be along the road. Infertility is often correlated to high levels of stress, amongst many other factors and each individual has differing needs and experiences. If you are coming to me for fertility, then there are two avenues we can explore. The first is to provide relaxing reflexology regularly with focus on relaxation and reducing stress levels and no discussion about fertility or conception- basically just to go with the flow and enjoy the relaxing sessions!
The second option is to have regular reflexology sessions, where the main emphasis is around your cycle and ovulation. Also, dependant on where you are in your cycle, the reflexology techniques would differ slightly to optimise hormone balance or stimulation where needed. I have created a detailed advice sheet to give to all fertility clients and can recommend further reading and advise on some useful self help reflexology techniques to help optimise conception for the client to do at home in between sessions. Please note that regular sessions are recommended for this approach.
Reflexology can be a lovely experience for pregnant clients as it is so relaxing. If this is something you’re interested in, please do not hesitate to contact me and to get yourself booked in. I have an electric couch which is super comfortable and can be adjusted into various different positions so please don’t worry about comfort 🙂 With pregnant clients, I will adapt the session, based around their current needs and symptoms and how far along the pregnancy is.
Reflexology For Women
Including PMS, peri-menopause and menopause. Having completed a two day Women’s reflexology workshop, I can now offer specialist reflexology around these areas, focusing on the symptoms the client is experiencing and treating each client as an individual. Self help leaflets that I created are available as a follow up should you feel that you may benefit from one of these.
Reflexology for Children and Teens
Children could really benefit from reflexology, from babies to teens and it can be great to help deal with exam stress and can also be beneficial for teens or children who may be anxious or stressed. I recommend a shorter session, maybe 1/2 hour to 45 minutes and for under 16’s a parent or guardian needs to sign the consultation form and stay with them during the session. For your peace of mind I am enhanced DBS checked.
Reflexology for Chronic Illnesses
I have experience with seeing clients who have all kinds of acute and chronic illnesses, including diabetes type 1 and 2, fibromyalgia, MS, arthritis, ME. cancer, ankylosing spondylitis, endometriosis, ehlers-danlos-syndrome, hernias, Chron’s disease and sciatica to name a few. Also I have experience with supporting clients with mental illnesses including anxiety disorder, PTSD, depression and bipolar. I always look at the individual and their symptoms and plan the reflexology session around what the client needs at that time.
The Association of Reflexologists have produced this introductory video if you wanted to know more abut reflexology.