Reflexology is a non-invasive holistic complementary therapy and can therefore work seamlessly alongside conventional western medicine to help alleviate a whole host of ailments. Through the therapeutic relaxation of regular treatments, most clients see improvements over a course of four to six weekly treatments.
Reflexology is based upon more ancient therapies originating from China, Egypt and North America. It has been documented from as far back as 3000 BC and has evolved to, what is now, an up-to-date professional clinical therapy.
Reflexology follows the principle that the body is mapped on the feet and hands. Reflexologists will apply pressure to the feet or hands using fingers and thumbs, activating nerve endings that lie on specific reflex points. This pressure sends neurological messages to the brain which then relays that message to the area of the body that is ill, stressed or disturbed. The body’s own healing mechanisms are then activated in the required area, enabling healing and to help restore the body’s own natural equilibrium
All the systems of the body need to work in harmony to maintain a healthy balance of body, mind and soul. Any trauma, stress, injury or illness can cause this balance to be disrupted and therefore the component parts of our bodies are less effective. These problems can then be compounded as the rest of the body has to work harder to compensate, potentially causing further problems in other areas.
Reflexology is very relaxing, which is vitally important for the health and well-being of the mind and body. However, Clinical Reflexology is much more than relaxation as the therapy is specially tailored to you and your health needs.
Many hospitals have a permanent Complementary Therapy team which includes Reflexology. This demonstrates the confidence that the NHS has in the effectiveness of the therapy.
The first step will be for you to complete a Consultation Form which asks for details about your health and lifestyle. I will then conduct an investigatory treatment and from those findings, together with the information contained within the Consultation Form, I will then formulate a personalised Treatment Plan which will be implemented at your second treatment.
I will continue to carefully monitor your progress at each treatment session (possibly adjusting the Treatment Plan) to ensure that you are getting the best possible treatment and care for yourself.
Each appointment will normally be for one hour which will include a progress report. This is important to ensure that the Treatment Plan stays on track and that you are receiving the best quality care possible.
Not usually, although some areas of your feet or hands can be tender if they are out of balance. If this happens, you would just let me know and then I will be able to adjust the treatment accordingly.
After a treatment, your presenting condition may be reduced and you should feel relaxed. You might also notice that you sleep better and that your general sense of well-being is improved.
Improvements progress with regular treatments and possibly due to the change in certain lifestyle activities (for example, improved diet and exercise).