Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy that originates from the Oriental roots of acupressure, based on the theory that there are reflex points within the feet that correspond with the systems, organs & skeletal structure. A completely safe form of therapy that helps to normalise the body's functions and promote well-being. encouraging a self-healing process and can be used safely in conjunction with conventional medicine.
How reflexology works
Pressure is applied through the thumbs/fingers to the reflex* points on the feet, by using gentle pressure, imbalances can be detected and worked upon to stimulate the circulation & flow of energy throughout the body, helping to relax, re-balance and re-energize, leading to an improvement in your wellbeing as it treats the mind, body and spirit. It's believed to encourage the release of endorphins, the body's natural 'feel good' hormone, which can relieve stress.
*these are points in the feet that correspond to organs, tissue and the major systems within the body.
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"I've come to realise in recent months (lockdown!) that whilst I've always enjoyed Reflexology and appreciated the benefits it can bring, it's actually more than that and it's something that helps keep body & mind together and part of my routine for self care.
Not being able to have a treatment was I think my detriment. Being able to fully relax in your beautiful room and be 'In the Moment' is quite a gift. I also very much appreciate you taking the time to understand how I'm feeling and where I may have pain and then post treatment, sharing your observations with me to help my understanding of what I'm feeling and the approach you have applied"
Tracy, August 2020
Reflexology and Pregnancy
I personally don't recommend reflexology until after the 1st Trimester, allowing time for the body to adjust to the hormonal changes., see Maternity Reflexology
It's time to put a spring in your step!!
Can I have Reflexology?
Reflexology is a therapy that almost anyone can have, from babies to the elderly and everyone in between. However, occasionally there may be health issues that would prevent a treatment from taking place, so if you're unsure give me a call and we can chat about any concerns.
How could Reflexology help me?
Firstly as a reflexologist, I don't diagnose nor claim to cure. But what I can do is help your body restore its balance which may result in feelings of relaxation, easing tension, your sleep may improve and generally feel as though your health & wellbeing has been given a boost.
Reflexology is a very personal journey to embark on and the results are very personal to you, the client.
In society today levels of stress are increasing and although stress is not an illness itself, it can lead to serious health issues if it isn't dealt with. It's vital to recognise the triggers & symptoms of stress early, by doing this you can begin to help yourself.
Reflexology could certainly be a way to reduce your levels of stress!
You’re going to be a Mum. It's such an exciting time, however, you wouldn’t be unusual if you felt a little daunted during the nine months. Becoming pregnant is a time of many changes, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally too. Having regular reflexology during pregnancy can help to bring about a state of balance, creating a sense of inner calm, which can lead to a happier, more positive pregnancy.
1st Trimester, physically this can be a time where the pregnancy can make you feel really quite poorly, with nausea and tiredness. It can also be a roller coaster of emotions, feelings of pure excitement to fret and worry, this is all quite normal. Reflexology is possible during this time; however, it would depend on your previous history of pregnancy (previous miscarriages etc. I personally don’t offer reflexology during this time, as I feel your body needs time to adjust the being pregnant.
2nd Trimester, for most women this is the most enjoyable time during pregnancy, feeling healthy and well. Baby begins to move and hormones settle. Reflexology at this time is fabulous for rebalancing, re energising, relaxation and treating any minor ailments, see list below.
3rd Trimester, the final stage of pregnancy, baby reaches maturity and prepares for birth. For Mother to be you’re ready to meet your new family member. It’s a time of discomfort, sleep can be disturbed. Reflexology is recommended on a weekly basis, helping to balance the hormones and prepare for baby’s arrival. A session would be over a shorter period of time focusing on relaxation, harmonising and balancing the endocrine system. Maternity reflexology can gently encourage the body to go into labour naturally, if mother and baby are both ready by using specific techniques on key reflexes.
There is evidence to suggest that regular reflexology during pregnancy can lead to a reduced, less intense labour, with improved recovery time and resulting in a stronger bonding between Mother and baby.
Benefits of Maternity Reflexology
* Anxiety & Stress
* Digestive Problems
* Headaches & Migraines
* Improved sleep
* Itchy skin
* Leg cramps
* Nausea & Morning sickness
* Normalised blood pressure
* Pelvic Girdle Pain (Symphysis Pubis Disorder or Pelvic Disorder Syndrome)
* Sinus Congestion
* Stress Post Natal
After baby arrives, this is usually a time of complete happiness and excitement but there are times when this isn’t so. As a new mum, we put ourselves under enormous pressure, there may be breast feeding issues, hormonal imbalances and the lack of sleep can cause frustration and sadness. Reflexology can benefit the balancing of hormones, it can help with lactation, reduce pain and discomfort when recovering from a caesarean section and can create calm & relaxation for both mother and baby.
Reflexology for conception focuses on creating a sense of balance and harmony, promoting the blood circulation around the body and working to balance the endocrine system as well and strengthening the immune system.
As a Reflexologist I don’t claim to be able to solve the struggles to becoming a parent, but I will offer my utmost support and help to balance your wellbeing, physically, emotionally and mentally as I totally understand the deep rooted urge to be a parent. I can help you to feel relaxed, calm, reassured and rebalanced.
It’s always best to consult with your GP, clinic or consultant prior to starting treatments, I’m not a replacement for fertility treatments, nor do I claim to guarantee pregnancy.
You helped me after a miscarriage and a then seemingly never ending journey of not getting pregnant, working to seriously de-stress me and stimulate the endocrine and reproductive systems. What also helped was your conversation and sharing about your own journey to having your family. I can't tell you how much it helped talking to someone who knew and who had come out the other end. Caroline
When you attend your first appointment a full medical history will be requested, a signature will be required to give your consent* for the therapy you've requested.
You may be asked to remove some of your clothing or footwear depending on the therapy of your choice.
*All data given is strictly confidential and never passed on to third parties.
Following your treatment
How will I feel following a treatment?
Generally feelings of relaxation and improved wellbeing are spoken of but for some they feel emotional, develop a headache, feel nauseous or very tired. However this is a positive, for it's an indication that the treatment you've just received is making an impact, a healing response is taking place.
To help ease this it's essential to drink plenty of water, listen to your body, rest & relax as much as you can.
Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, heavy meals and medication (unless it's prescribed).
A healing response can last for approx 24 hours, sometimes as much as 48 hours, then feelings of improved wellbeing take over.
I'm always more than happy to discuss how you're feeling following your treatment and if you have any concerns please don't hesitate to contact me on 07546527004.