What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that encourages the body to balance and heal itself.
Specific points/reflexes on the hands, feet, lower legs, face and ears mirror specific organs and systems in the body, so by applying thumb or finger pressure to these points, the body is encouraged to heal itself.
As Eunice Ingham (1889-1974) who is often referred to as the 'mother of modern reflexology' said:
Until the 1960's reflexology was practised primarily in the USA, but in 1966, Doreen Bayley trained with Eunice Ingham and then introduced reflexology to the UK. Modern reflexology is increasingly linked to traditional Chinese medicine and meridian therapy is now being taught in many reflexology schools.
The concept of 'Zone therapy' was introduced by Dr. William Fitzgerald and is based on the principle that the body can be divided into 10 longitudinal zones running up the length of the body; five on each side of the median line of the body. He described them as "ten invisible currents of energy". The big toes and the thumbs are themselves further divided into five zones each.
As a reflexologist, we are working within those energy zones and feeling for blockages in energy or congestion which can feel like grains of sand or crystalline deposits. By finger walking over the zones, the blockages will be removed allowing free flow of energy.
Which conditions can it help?
Reflexology helps to relax a person, helps the body cope with stress and improves the circulation of blood and lymph. It has been known to improve sleep quality and patterns, help you feel less frazzled, release tension, improve mood and ones general well-being. You do not have to have a particular "issue" to have reflexology; it can be used as a time out for you to relax and forget the outside world for a short time.
Well-being is much more than simply the absence of illness; it includes an improved frame of mind, better relationships with those around you and increased happiness and I have been privileged to witness this in some of my clients which is so rewarding for both parties.
Pregnancy and Reflexology
Maternity reflexology can be of great support to women throughout pregnancy and can promote be general well-being.
It can allow you time out from your probably busy life and a place where you can focus purely on you and your growing baby in a calm, comforting place.
Although there is no evidence that reflexology can induce labour, the general view is that it will help support the body to prepare and promote relaxation at a time when anxiety levels may often be high.
Womens' Health and Reflexology
We all experience times when we feel we need a little extra help; puberty, adolescence, exams, the week before your period if you have PMS or leading up to and beyond the menopause. Add into the equation, fluctuating hormone levels and it is not surprising that women need to do something extra to support their well-being.
Alongside work, women often find themselves running the home, organising family routines, budgeting and many more tasks too numerous to mention, so stress is a big factor. If stress levels remain high for too long, well-being can be affected causing detrimental effects on the body including changes in some hormone levels. These changes can affect the mind and emotions.
Everyone is unique and responds differently to treatment but as a reflexologist I can help reduce the intensity and duration of menstrual pain, improve sleep and PMS, reduce anxiety and relieve constipation.
These can be for up to groups of 8 females with 20 minute taster sessions at £15 each so ideal for teenage birthday ideas or a pre wedding party pamper or a baby shower with a difference. I work with other therapists so add on treats can be factored in for you such as nail shape and polish or seated massage taster sessions. POA
Workplace Health and Wellness days
A topical subject so why not book me for a day in the workplace to do 20 minute de-stress sessions for your employees, students, teachers, University lecturers? POA.
Reflexologists are not taught to diagnose and a good one never will.
Please note: Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking conventional medical advice.