Why book a treatment?
Most of us have very busy lives, juggling family and work amongst many things. Stress causes many problems in the body and mind. When you are in a state of relaxation the body has time to repair. We don't often take the time to relax, having a reflexology treatment is a great way to unwind, have some time out or me time that you wouldn't usually have. While you're sitting comfortably in my reclining chair having your feet massaged, you simply cannot do any other jobs so you have to relax. Switching your mind off takes a little longer, but usually by the time I move onto the second foot most clients are in a state of relaxation.
Please watch the video below provided by the Association of Reflexologists about reflexology treatments.
Reflexology is a gentle therapy which is deeply relaxing. Treatments support and enhance your body’s own natural healing abilities.
It is based on the theory that reflex points on the feet and hands connect to organs and systems of the body. The therapist applies gentle pressure to these points using their hands to help rebalance, eliminate toxins and improve circulation. It is safe for all ages. There have been many reported benefits to having a reflexology treatment such as reduced stress and anxiety, deep relaxation, improved sleep and sense of well being.
Please click here to access a reflexology foot map provided by the Association of Reflexologists
Please click here to access a reflexology hand map
Reflexology therapy is not currently regulated in the UK, therefor anyone can state they are a reflexologist. There are varying degrees of training available, from an online course to a six month attendance course. To be a professional reflexologist all the systems of the body and their processes need to be learnt in addition to all the reflex points. Members of the Association of Reflexologists have completed training to a high standard and adhere to their protocols with regard to further learning and keeping up to date with the latest information and techniques.
Standard reflexology treatments are 45 minutes for a home visit and 60 minutes for a clinic appointment, with the initial appointment including a health and lifestyle consultation, where we can discuss and agree a treatment plan to suit your needs.
Who can have reflexology?
It is beneficial to all ages from babies to the elderly. There are some health conditions which are contraindicated, (restricted from treatment) which include,
Deep vein thrombosis, unstable heart conditions and large varicose veins below the knee. Contagios and fungal infections of the skin and nails, vynil gloves may be worn or hand treatments can be given if the feet are affected. Please contact me to discuss any medical conditions you may have prior to booking a treatment.
Before a treatment
It is not advisable to eat a heavy meal or drink alcohol prior to receiving a treatment or immediately afterwards.
During a treatment
You will benefit much more if you fully relax, although many people like to chat which is just fine. Clients have reported various feelings throughout treatments including being sleepy or falling asleep, a deep sense of relaxation, needing the toilet, feeling cold, thirsty and occasionally people have felt tingling and tightening sensations.
After a treatment
I always recommend you to have a drink of water to assist with the elimination of any toxins. Clients often feel quite sleepy and very relaxed after a treatment.
What items of clothing do I need to remove?
You are only required to remove your shoes and socks, it is helpful to wear loose clothing so the ankle and lower leg can be accessed.
What can reflexology help with?
There has been many reported benefits to having reflexology such as relaxation, improved sleep, improved sense of well being, help with anxiety, reduced stress levels and relief from stress related health condition symptoms.
Can Reflexologists tell me what's wrong with me?
Reflexologists are not qualified to diagnose medical conditions, treat or prescribe. We aim to work alongside traditional healthcare practices, GP's and other professionals to promote health and well being.
What do reflexologists feel?
We can feel a variety of things when manipulating peoples feet. Some of these are known as crystal deposits, gritty, soft or spongy areas, these can often represent an imbalance in the body ranging from muscle tensions to emotional stress.
How many treatments will I need?
It's recommended a course of 4-6 treatments are taken initially, however a single treatment is also beneficial.
How do you get a child to sit still for a treatment?
Although it's much more beneficial to completely relax, often children are less comfortable having a stranger touch their feet. It's ok to let them do a sitting activity while I complete the treatment if that's what they are happy with.
Worried about using my reclining chair?
Perhaps you have a small space at home, or struggle with mobility. I can easily make use of any chair you have at home that you are comfortable using. The clinic rooms have adjustable massage couches.