An Introduction to Reflexology

Reflexology works by sending messages via the nervous system to balance the whole body. This has, spiritual, mental and physical effects. Reflexology induces relaxation and is ideal in treating many conditions affecting the functional, hormonal, digestive, nervous, vascular, respiratory, renal and genital systems. To list a few                                     

  • Migraines
  • Relief for swelling in the legs and arms
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Relief from spasms
  • Various skin conditions
  • Hip and walking problems
  • Insomnia & other sleep related issues
  • Digestive/circulatory problems
  • Menopause & hormonal imbalances
  • Depression & Confidence issues
  • Diabetes and weight control 
  • Infertility
  • Discomfort in the spine
  • Facilitate the elimination of scarring and circulation 
  • Sinus
  • Calm the mind and regulate nerve flow in muscles and encourage elasticity
  • Bladder problems
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation

  • Help deal with symptoms of disease and disorder 

 Whether you are lacking in energy or not able to relax a treatment can help bring the body, mind and soul into a focus as a whole, informing the body you are ready to listen and providing a time for the nervous system to do the processes of clearing, cleaning and restoring. 

 

Continue reading

My passionate explanation of Reflexology

 

Once clients can feel more at ease in themselves they are more able to deal with life changes and challenges and experience that great feeling of wellbeing.

The historic evidence of benefits from individual case studies and my own reported evidence I have witnessed from providing treatments for people is what makes me, and other Reflexologist's passionate about trying to explain 'scientifically' what is going on. 

All complementary therapies aim to assist the own bodies healing capacity. They are safe alongside allopathic medicine and can assist with with symptoms accompanied with disorders.  

 

Touch reflex areas rather than actual areas in the body. Therefore sometimes some stress or unconscious tension can be held in areas we hold pain. 

Touch therapy can bring about change and comfort;

I am passionate about helping others and providing self care tips as I believe it fits in with models of recovery. Regular Reflexology and commitment to accummalative self help techniqes can provide deep relaxation that fundamentally encourage you to continually recognise self worth and giving gratitude to our inner body healing capacity. 

By becoming in tune with your body on a regular basis you are asking yourself what you need, you are keeping up with learning your own body and in turn learning how to help others. 

Life force energy to aid healing

 

I apply 'intention' and pressure to the corresponding areas I believe need it thus providing mental as well as physical energy to encourage the body to respond. 

Accumulation of treatments can a strategy considered a 'coping mechanism' as it brings your body and mind together as part of a safe way 'declutter' the days stressors, ready for re-boot. Learning controlled self help massage exercises can help manage these feelings more effectively. It can also help to give your mind and body a chance to calm down. 

Touch therapy allowing the neurochemical changes produced by therapeutic touch, all of which can increase our feelings of emotional well-being. Skin massage is a perfect 'lymphatic wake up' that can instantly help us feel rejuvinated and seeing physiological difference can reflects an inner awakening. 

Inviting a greater understanding to how things are connected via feedback loops, complex systems and actually giving yourself time for re-establish stronger foundations. 

By providing a nurturing tool to optimise the our external perceptions and externally and how it translates this internally, what is easiest understood as what we put in is what is within. 

Explaining the actual mechanism of action combined with the touch based therapy of Reflexology is not be explained scientifically', more financial investment to carry out controlled research will lead to more questions.

When we start to look our own health, we start can feel like we are going down a rabbit hole. However if you feel like you are doing this with your health, please be aware of 'therapy hopping'.

 

There are simple practical tips that do not mean any cost. 

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/depts/pm/research/imparts/Quick-links/Self-Help-Materials/Mind-Body-Link.pdf

Reflexology provides you with a safe and non invasive tool to encourage relaxation. It is highly beneficial if a treatment is sustainable for your health to improve. If it is not ask your Therapist and yourself why it is not? Is it costing too much? Are you becoming stressed? Is it benefiting you? These are only answers you, individually can provide.

I recommend having a Reflexology is the best way to understand what Reflexology is.

Allowing yourself just one relaxing, pampered treatment will certainly give you a thorough syncopation of your senses to help regulate your own physical flow and emotional rhythm. It provides can provide an important 'self-soothing'     

There is some research that shows the physiological affects of Reflexology treatments using magnetic resonance imagining. Furthermore Sally Kay Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD) technique a recurring and similar sensations reported by clients receiving her protocol. The theme 'ripple', 'flow', 'waves', 'cool sensation' led to the use of thermal imaging technology to look at the flow of lymph during her RLD proving reliable results to help support the use of Reflexology as a mainstream complementary therapy in healthcare.

 

Mental states especially emotions, our coping strategies affect our response not only externally but also internally too. 

Our complex history is held 'inside us' and our faces and our feet reflect this.  

Have you ever wondered how you try and try so many things to get rid of something, i.e. on you skin, then one day it just clears up? 

This is likely to be a subtle change in your mental state, the external environment linked so exquisite with the  internal environment. Even when we are consciously doing nothing or long past actual stressors have past, parts of our brain are always active, this is dependent on our mental state. Some people may hold tension in the jaw, the eyes, any part of the body.

Being still and relaxed is a perfect time to address whereabouts these tensions lie and how they move as we become more relaxed. Reflexology has a unique tool in that we pinpoint reflexes of the whole body. 

 

 

 

What to Expect

Initial consultation

Initial consultation

Treatments can involve a certain amount of consultation before and after sessions so before coming please consider this. Planning where your parking can reduce any anxieties before a treatment and if you can walk or get a lift even better as clients can leave quite drastically relaxed in comparison to when they came in. 

If you have managed to fill out the health questionaire before it is advantageous. I also check in with you how you are on the day as this also will help me focus my treatment plan. From this I can consider specific systems that are currently being overloaded or underused, secondary related organs and we can decide together what your body needs, where it needs extra nourishment and what is important to you.

A general understanding to how the the different systems in your body work I do pay particular attention to those areas I feel you need nourishing but to some degree I give attention to all areas of the hands or feet. Thus, as they represent the 'whole body' each delicate inside part, a treatment will give your whole body a pamper. 

A treatment is designed for your comfort.  You maybe worried about lying flat or sitting for so long, especially if you have a certain condition. I have various size boulders you can use. 

Many people feel a little anxious before a treatment, telling ourselves to STOP can be daunting. Maybe give yourself a reminder if you are new to this, you are doing something new can be very powerful in itself. 

 

During a treatment

DURING

We all have different perceptions of pressure depending on our make up and I certainly go lighter for certain conditions, but generally it is firm but without pain. Interestingly a Earthy person can prefer firm as compared to 

Let's make every effort to preempt any likely discomfort before I start however if you need to change position during a treatment, it is important you let me know. A treatment can be made shorter and finish with some hand/face routines or some self help guidance. The necessity and most common outcome is that Reflexology treatment promotes relaxation which in turn creates healing in the body. 

I have a tool box of effleurages, foot mobilizations, stretches and relaxation techniques and desserts that I feel will suit you and like to vary them for regular clients therefore it is good to know which ones you find particularly relaxing and going to sleep during a treatment is perfectly fine. 

Breath work at the beginning and end of treatments engages you on the appropriate level for enhanced affect however this is short and smooth like the treatment. For the most part you will lying or sitting with nothing else expected of you.

I have natural flour to access the reflex zones/points in the foot through a thumb walking technique and I always seek local, organic and non plastic products where possible and provide a small selection of choice scents. 

Participants usually will reduce in temperature once they have started to relax therefore a blanket is placed over you at beginning of treatment.  I recommend wearing some loose, comfortable clothes, especially if you are prone to hot flushes this will then help you feel comfortable during the treatment with a steady flow of energy. 

 

End

At the end of a session the client will usually be very sleepy and may feel chilled. This means they have relaxed well and the body has began working to re-balance itself and my advice is that they should not put themselves under force to work hard or stress themselves so they get the most from their time spent here. 

A make a note at the end the messages from the body, (crunchiness, fluid etc, visual cues) are mapped on your record card that I keep. I can note this along with everything in your records after the treatment. At the end again you can see where these relate anatomically in the body and should be able to give you a brief synopsis of what I know these organs to be related to. However it is not a diagnosis, it should be seen more as a note for further treatments to map any change.

Is it painful?

Reflexology can be extremely relaxing, however if there is a part of the body that is unbalanced, the corresponding reflex point may feel sore or tender as it is worked to re-balance the area. If at any time you find the treatment painful, you should let the reflexologist know as it is important that they work within your comfort zone.

What should I wear

Although only the shoes and socks are removed for a treatment; you will be more comfortable if you wear loose clothing. Depending on the treatment I will need to access the leg below the knee. For Face Reflexology I prefer to work skin on skin with the neck and shoulders and will ask you to remove any jewelry. I also ask If you have any further questions, please contact me and I will be only too happy to answer them for you.

How will I feel after a treatment?

My treatments always including warming and waking all parts of the feet, (parts of leg depending on presenting condition) so the whole body is getting a pamper.

Continue reading

Stay informed

Keep up to date on events and discount opportunities by following me on Facebook


Developed by SmartData UK Ltd. All rights Reserved.