Reflexology is a non-invasive touch therapy which uses massage techniques and focused pressure to specific areas on the feet, to promote better health through relaxation and stimulation of the body's own healing processes.
It is based on the principle that these areas, known as reflexes, correspond to the internal organs and tissues of the body in a way that the body can be mapped directly onto the feet.
It is an ancient therapy with roots in Chinese and Egyptian cultures and developed by Eunice Ingham in the 1930's, based on the discoveries of the American ear, nose and throat specialist, William Fitzgerald in the early 20th century, It was brought to Europe by Doreen Bayly and has become very popular in the UK.
Reflexology is growing in recognition and one of a few complementary therapies being recommended by the nursing profession and increasingly offered in midwifery, pain clinics and palliative care.
How will you feel after the treatment?
Although the effect of the therapy is unique to each person, most clients note a sense of well-being and relaxation. Some report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is transitory and part of the healing process.
It is important to feed back post treatment side effects as it shows how you body is responding to treatment and allows your reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Reflexology for Fertility Issues
Reflexology for fertility issues is beneficial to both men and women.
Reflexology and healthy lifestyle, including nutrition and exercise, encourages optimum health, creating the ideal environment for conception and early foetal development. The recommendation is to begin preparing about four months before attempting conception. This gives the body a chance to clear of toxins and benefit from healthier living.
Many clients feel that reflexology has helped them to feel more relaxed and positive about their quest to become parents.
Maternity Reflexology helps to support women through pre-conception, pregnancy and post-natal recovery.
In order to give professional reflexology treatments, I will need to ask for and keep information about your health. I will only use this for informing reflexology treatments and any advice I give as a result of your treatment. The information to be held is:
Your contact details
Medical history and other health-related information (which I will take from you at first consultation)
Treatment details and related notes (which I will take after each consultation)
I will NOT share your information with anyone else (other than within my own practice, or as required for legal process) without explaining why it is necessary, and getting your explicit consent.
I will keep your information for a minimum of 7 years.
Who may benefit?
Reflexology is a gentle therapy and therefore suitable for men, women and children of all ages.
There are certain conditions where you should avoid reflexology and in some instances your GP's permission may be required.
What are the potential benefits?
Whilst reflexology does not claim to diagnose, treat or prescribe, it is thought to help alleviate and improve a range of conditions, some of which are listed below. Please refer to our client's testimonials for positive feedback.
Stress, tension, mental health issues,
Headaches, migraines and sleep disorders
Joint pain, back problems, aches and pains
Sinus problems and allergies
Fertility issues, pre-natal, pregnancy and post-natal care
What to expect?
Your first appointment involves a detailed confidential consultation to determine general health, medical history and emotional well-being. This detail allows us to check that the treatment is safe for you and to focus on your body's needs. You will be asked to remove your footwear and socks and seated in a comfortable reclining chair. This is followed by an examination of your feet.
Your reflexologist may 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. The ideal is for you to almost drift off to sleep while still being aware of sensations in the body. You may experience some sensitivity , which could be due to tension or congestion in the corresponding body area. This is not a concern but an indication that the area needs more attention.
A treatment session usually lasts between 45 minutes and an hour.
A course of treatments may be recommended to target a specific condition and restore the body's natural balance. Many clients may find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being.
Palliative Care Reflexology "Enhancing Quality of Life"
Palliative Care Reflexology is for people with life limiting diseases to relieve the symptoms, pain and stress associated with serious illness.
Reflexology offers an effective way to relax, giving support and a coping mechanism for stress and anxiety. It may relieve pain, alleviate side effects from drug therapy, lift mood and give a feeling of well-being.
Treatments can be given at the Treatment Rooms or in the comfort of your own home. If you would like a hospital or hospice visit, that can also be arranged.
Although GP approval will be sought to ensure reflexology will not adversely affect any current treatment program, treatment may benefit and support most people of any age with a life limiting disease , including:
Motor Neuron Disease (MND)
Reflexology is a natural holistic complementary therapy that can be used alongside conventional medicine. It does not claim to diagnose, treat or prescribe.
Should you have any medical concerns, please contact your GP.
"We treat the whole person,
not just the symptoms or condition"