Your feet carry your through life and have quite a story to tell! From areas of tension, soreness and lack of circulation, to solidified urate (from uric acid) and calcium “crystals” that can accumulate, your feet can be a map of your body as a whole.
Reflexology is the therapeutic practice of applying gentle pressure to “reflex” areas that correspond other parts of the body, helping to stimulate nerve endings and the body meridians, dispersing any crystals to help clear any blockages and improving circulation.
“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.” [The Association of Reflexologists]
There are examples from antiquity that picture people working on the feet or hands of other people (an example being that of the tomb of Ankamahor in Egypt). It is hard to say whether, as is often claimed, that this is an example of early reflexology, rather than massage therapy or some other healthcare practice of the time, but certainly the importance of caring for one’s hands and feet (and the importance of doing so for overall health), plus their use in the treatment of other areas of the body (such as foot soaks in order to address a head cold) has been recognised for a very long time.
Reflexology is also based on elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic philosophies of the free flow of energy (Chi, Qi or Prana depending on the philosophy) around the body and the manipulation of key points around the body in order to clear any “blockages” and faciliate this.
Such movement might also be likened to the activity of the neurological system and there is a growing body of research looking at the benefits of reflexology in health and wellbeing (I occasionally share links to such articles from my Facebook page or on Twitter).
So what can Reflexology do for me?
Typically performed on the feet, it can also be used on the hands and face and may help with the following symptoms:
- Reducing stress & anxiety
- Helping relax the body, aiding sleep
- Improving mood and a sense of wellbeing
- Headaches and migraine
- Digestive disorders
- Improving the circulation
- Back pain and general pain relief or management
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system, helping to clear waste/toxins from the body
“Reflexology can help to relieve anxiety and tension, encourage relaxation, improve mood and aid sleep, though some people use it to help them cope with more specific health challenges. [It is..] often used alongside conventional care in hospices, hospitals and other healthcare settings, to help support patients with a variety of conditions.” (Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)”
Reflexology is classed as a “complementary therapy” meaning that it is used alongside (as a complement to) conventional medicine.
Complementary therapists, such as reflexologists, cannot make diagnoses (unless also medically qualified to do so – ie they are a GP, or similar).In addition complementary therapy should not be used as an alternative to seeking appropriate medical advice, however:
Common uses of complementary healthcare include improving quality of life for those living with chronic conditions or in palliative care; post-surgical care; and helping anxious patients to complete often expensive orthodox treatments and procedures that have unpleasant side effects, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Working alongside conventional medicine, complementary healthcare methods are often used to help support the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms, to ease or alter a patient’s perception of pain, and to support patients through periods of anxiety and fear, associated with their illness.
People with chronic or life-limiting conditions such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, mental health problems (i.e. mild depression and anxiety) weight problems, musculoskeletal problems, or a history of substance misuse (including alcohol and drugs), can be greatly supported using complementary therapies alongside conventional care. ” (Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)
Reflexology helps to bring the body into balance (homeostasis) and to maintain general wellbeing. It is an excellent, non-invasive choice if you are looking for a therapy to support some of the conditions listed above.
Why not book your appointment today?
The following treatments are heavily discounted whilst I am training at Levels 3 and 4. (More info in About and only apply until I fully qualify in reflexology in September 2018)
Reflexology: 1 hour (including consultation)
£25.00 £10.00 (heavily discounted for case studies)
A full reflexology treatment – please bear in mind that you may need to allow a little extra time if specific areas of the feet require a little more work. Please let me know as part of the consultation if you have any specific concerns or requirements.
Reflexology with Luxury Pedicure: 1 hour 45 minutes (approximately whilst I fine tune the treatment)
£38.00 £25.00 (heavily discounted for case studies)
Pedicure is not usually a part of reflexology, however, taking time for yourself is an important part of your wellbeing. A pedicure added to your reflexology treatment adds that extra bit of TLC as you take some time for you. Many clients have enjoyed the inclusion of this “luxury element”. After consultation and assessment of your hands or feet, an individual treatment package will be formulated including:
- Foot soak or hot oil treatment using a bespoke aromatherapy blend where appropriate
- Exfoliation using an in-house blended scrub tailored to your skin’s needs, plus filing to address areas of hard skin
- File, shape and tidy of nails and cuticles
- Foot mask and heated towel treatment where appropriate
- Lower leg and foot massage
- Natural buff finish
Booking both treatments separately would usually be £50.00 in total. This offer is my little thank you to my clients!
Course of Treatments:
Standard reflexology treatments
- Book 4 treatments:
£100.00£40.00 (heavily discounted for case studies)
- Book 6 treatments:
£150.00£60.00 (heavily discounted for case studies)
For more information as to what to expect before, during and after a visit please visit FAQS.
NB: Reflexology is a complementary therapy. It should be used as a complement, rather than an alternative, to seeking appropriate medical advice.