What is reflexology?
Reflexology is based on the principle that the functioning of the whole body is represented in reflexes in the hands and feet. Using careful and sensitive thumb and finger techniques, I am able to activate the body's self-healing mechanism and relax and rebalance the entire system.
Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, it wasn't until 1913 that this therapy was introduced to the Western World.
What is Maternity Reflexology?
Maternity Reflexology is the expertise of the Reflexology Practitioner in using a natural therapy (Reflexology) to support the natural event of pregnancy & birthing.
Reflexology continues to establish its reputation and popularity by the effective results people experience. Empiric knowledge and research studies have demonstrated that those receiving regular reflexology during pregnancy have better pregnancies and have shorter birthing with less intervention.
Maternity Reflexologists aim to optimise the health potential of the pregnant woman. They will give the client reflexology advice but will not give medical or obstetric advice, and must ensure that a client with any problems is put in the care of an appropriate Clinical Practitioner.
What is Vertical Reflexology Technique?
VRT Vertical Reflexology Technique works using the same principles as a classical Reflexology treatments, but is carried out on the hands or feet. It is a comfortable and quick therapy which can be added to a normal Reflexology session or received on its own at a lesser cost.
Vertical Reflexology Technique is particularly suited to feet or hand problems, or work with clients where sensitivity or mobility are an issue. It is ideal for people confined to a bed, the disabled or elderly and can be provided as a mobile therapy in care homes.
How does reflexology work?
There are different theories about this, although nothing has been scientifically proven as yet. The theoretical basis of Reflexology is the idea that the body is reflected or 'mapped out' in reflexes in both the hands and the feet. It has been demonstrated that applying very strong pressure at one part of the body could produce an anaesthetic effect, and promote healing, at another part of the body, and that there exists an energetic connection between organs, tissue, etc.
Reflexology is believed to activate the body's self-healing mechanisms by promoting a very deep state of relaxation, in which the body is able to function more efficiently, improving respiration and blood supply to vital organs. By working over all the reflexes of the feet or hands it is believed that the body's self-healing mechanisms are activated.
How can reflexology help me?
Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body's natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.
It has been shown to be effective for:
Reflexology does not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.
Who can benefit from reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. After you have completed a course of reflexology treatment for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being.
While many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress, at the same time many doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognise reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy.
Expectant mothers can experience a number of uncomfortable side effects to their pregnancies, ranging from nausea to backache to indigestion. Reflexology is safe to receive at this time and can be effective at relieving symptoms as well as giving the mother a chance to put her feet up!
Reflexology can offer support for couple experiencing fertility issues.
It is such a joy to give Reflexology to young children and babies and, in my experience, they love receiving it too and respond so quickly with no preconceived ideas!
What happens when I go for treatment?
On the first visit, I will have a preliminary talk with you to determine your present and past health and lifestyle.
The treatment will begin with me looking at your feet and applying gentle pressure and massage. The application and the effect of the therapy is unique to each person. As a professionally trained reflexologist I can detect subtle changes in specific points on the feet and by working on these points may affect the corresponding organ or system of the body.
How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?
After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very definite way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is transitory and is a part of the healing process. This is vital information to feed back to me as it shows how your body is responding to treatment. This will help me to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.
How much will a treatment cost me?
The charge for a reflexology treatment at my practice, or in your own home is £40. Course discounts are available.
The treatments last for one hour, however, you should allow one hour twenty minutes for the first treatment.
Children under 16 - half an hour treatment £15. VRT is corporated into a treatment - on its own the cost is £10 treatment time 15 mins.
Reflexology in the workplace
Approximately 360 million working days are lost annually in the UK at a cost of £8 billion and half of these absences are 'stress related'.
This problem is being increasingly addressed by companies having a "Stress Management Policy". As part of this initiative, many firms now involve complementary therapists in the maintenance of well-being amongst their workforce. Reflexology has proved very popular in this field.
Company benefits can include:
- Increased morale, satisfaction and loyalty of the staff.
- Enhanced concentration, efficiency and accuracy.
- Improved creativity, planning and decision making.
- Better relationships amongst staff and between staff and management.
- The ability of staff to cope more effectively under pressure.
- Speedy recovery and return to work after illness, accident or surgery.
- Pain relief for stress related conditions such as headaches, migraine, etc.
- Less obvious, perhaps, are the positive effects on morale amongst employees who feel they are being treated with respect and a caring attitude.
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