Relax…Restore…Rebalance with Reflexology
The ancient art of reflexology uses points on the feet and hands, corresponding to various internal organs, glands and systems of the body to rebalance and promote self-healing. Reflexologists believe that by stimulating these reflex points they may facilitate stress relief and aid relaxation.
Each individual responds differently to treatment as the body’s own healing properties are released. It is for this reason that reflexologists take a holistic approach, taking into account all factors that may be affecting your health, and tailoring your treatment to suit you. For some people the treatment can aid more restful sleep, for others it can improve their sense of wellbeing. So let me help you take control of your own health and help you naturally restore balance to your system.
A brief history
The roots of reflexology are embedded way back in ancient history when pressure therapies were recognised as preventative and therapeutic medicine. Foot and hand based treatments were originally practised by the Egyptians, Chinese and Indian people. The oldest documentation depicting the practice of reflexology was unearthed in Egypt. The pictograph below is dated around 2500-2350 B.C. and clearly shows people giving hand and foot treatments.
It wasn’t until 1913 that it was introduced to the West by Dr William Fitzgerald. It was further developed in the 1930’s by Eunice Ingham. She took Dr Fitzgerald’s understanding, that the reflex areas in the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body and established that any congestion or tension in any part of the body was mirrored in the respective feet zone.
What is reflexology and how does it work?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy which can help create a positive physical change throughout the whole body. Different points on the feet and hands correspond to organs, systems and glands within the body. By applying special pressure techniques to these reflex points, imbalances in the body can be detected and effectively treated to restore balance and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium.
Throughout life, we experience both physical and emotional traumas. These can become stored in our cellular memory and can, in some cases, become part of disease and ill health. Reflexology given over time can help release these old patterns, allowing us to let go and bring ourselves back into balance. If the energy in our body is blocked and not able to flow freely then we are not balanced and healthy. Reflexology aims to eradicate these blockages. Good health is attained only when mind, body and spirit are in balance.
How reflexology can help you?
Due to its gentle nature, reflexology is suitable and safe for all ages. Reflexology helps to reconnect and restore the balance between mind, body and emotions and to maintain these connections at optimal levels. It promotes a deep sense of relaxation and allows the body’s own functions and mechanisms to begin the healing process.
A Reflexologist does not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. It should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice. Once advice is sought, I can work alongside your GP to help maintain your health and wellbeing. Reflexology is a holistic treatment that takes place in a non-judgemental and non-prejudiced environment.
What to expect from a treatment
I offer an individual client focussed holistic treatment. Your first treatment will last approximately 1 hr 15 mins to allow for a full consultation. After agreeing a treatment plan together, I carry out a bespoke treatment. This process enables me to identify and meet your individual needs. You will be made comfortable on a reclining chair in a warm peaceful treatment room. I will begin by cleansing your feet, followed by a short opening massage which opens and prepares the feet for treatment. I then begin to work all the zones of the feet and reflexes by using special pressure techniques, focussing particularly on the main areas agreed in the treatment plan. I work intuitively and adapt the treatment appropriately to maintain your comfort at all times. After the main treatment I finish with a relaxing closing foot massage. Appropriate aftercare advice and self-help techniques are given to compliment the treatment, if required. Subsequent treatments will take 1 hour with a shorter consultation at the beginning.
A deluxe treatment can be carried out which involves beginning with a warm foot soak and exfoliation followed by the standard treatment, and finishing with an extra-long foot and lower leg massage with aromatherapy oils.