What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a relaxing, non-invasive complementary therapy. By working reflexes within the feet or hands, which correspond to parts of the body, it may be used to assist in restoring and maintaining the natural equilibrium of the body, encouraging its natural healing abilities to work at optimum levels.
What are the benefits of reflexology?
Reflexology works to rebalance energy in the body, and in doing so it can help in many ways.
Of course, if you have a particular condition and want to know more about how suitable reflexology may be for you, and how it can support you, please contact me.
How does Reflexology work?
There are many theories about how reflexology works, and how the reflexes in the feet connect with the corresponding parts of the body. Every reflexologist will have a slightly different idea about why and how their therapy works, and most will agree that no single theory is completely right or completely wrong. The treatments I offer are based on the idea that the client is in control of their own well being. This is a persons ability to be as at peace and as well as they can be, it does not claim to be a medical cure or to fix illness. In this way, as a reflexologist I am able to support you by working the reflexes on the hands or feet which in turn run through the energy meridians within the body, and free up some of the healing energy within you that may need to be released, or is blocked somewhere either consciously or subconsciously. The brilliance of this is that you are always in control, and can choose whether or not to make the changes that reflexology may facilitate. Above all, the enormous power of relaxation and relief from stress that reflexology offers should never be underestimated.
What happens in a Reflexology session?
Following a medical and lifestyle consultation, I will work with my hands on your feet or hands. You will be seated in a reclining chair for the treatment. Most people find the treatment extremely relaxing and it is normal to feel sleepy during the session. Others like to chat through the treatment, and this is fine too. The treatment time is yours to enjoy in the way that suits you best.
How will I feel after my reflexology?
You will most likely feel very relaxed after your treatment. Some people feel raring to go and others feel rested and choose to relax, but every response is a little different. Some people will have some after effects. Usually this is just after your first treatment, as it is your body adjusting to the reflexology. Reactions are usually mild, and may show as a headache or digestive/appetite changes. Some magnification of current symptoms may also be experienced temporarily, such as a bad back feeling worse before improving, or cold symptoms worsening briefly before clearing. It is advised that after a treatment session you drink plenty of water to hydrate the body, and eat light and healthy meals in order to help your body place energy into healing.
At your treatment, I will give you full aftercare information to ensure that you are aware of what to expect. Any response to reflexology is very positive, because it demonstrates that you are responding to the treatment well.
How long is each treatment?
Every treatment is tailored to your own needs, but typically will last between 45 minutes and one hour. This includes a short period of time to relax after your treatment, allowing you to absorb the benefits of the session before continuing with your day.
Is Reflexology suitable for me?
Reflexology is suitable for just about everyone, including babies, due to the relaxation that results from this gentle treatment. There are a few reasons why reflexology may not be suitable, these contra-indications are rare but include thrombosis and infectious diseases. I will always discuss with you in a first consultation whether reflexology is advised and how it may be beneficial to you.
Is it safe to have Reflexology during pregnancy?
Yes, reflexology is very beneficial in pregnancy as it can support the hormonal and physical changes that take place, and provide some much needed relaxation. If you have a high risk pregnancy, treatment is usually still possible, but I suggest you contact me to discuss this further. I am qualified in maternity reflexology, so please contact me for further information.
Can children have Reflexology?
Yes, it is an ideal therapy for babies and children as it is very gentle and can support the relaxation and calm that is very beneficial to their busy lives. All children will respond differently to reflexology, so please contact me if you wish to discuss how this lovely therapy can support your child. Babies can benefit too, especially if you have concerns in their first few weeks and months. The feet reveal so much, and can show a therapist areas that may benefit from some treatment. Sessions usually start very gently and will last just a few minutes depending on how your child responds. It is important that the treatment is baby/child-led so listening to their response through the feet is really important. Each session is reviewed to make sure that both you and your child are happy, but usually the results speak for themselves!
How many sessions of Reflexology will I need?
Reflexology supports both chronic and acute conditions, so it may be that just one session makes a huge difference to you. More likely, a series of sessions will provide greater benefit. It also makes sense to have an occasional maintenance treatment, which will continue to provide balance to the body. For more specific advice, it is best to contact me so that I can advise you according to your individual needs. Some people enjoy reflexology simply for relaxation, and if this is the case you can have sessions as frequently as suits you.
Does my GP need to know I am having Reflexology?
Your doctor does not usually need to know you are having reflexology, but it can be sensible to tell them. I would always want to work alongside any medical treatment you are undergoing and will always advise you to see your GP for any symptoms that need investigation, however small they are. If you are receiving specific treatment from your GP or a consultant then I will advise you to tell them. In some cases, reflexology cannot take place without permission from your GP or consultant, but if this is so then I will discuss this with you. If you have any questions, it is a good idea to discuss these with me.
What do I need to provide if I choose to have a home visit?
I bring everything with me, including a reclining chair for your treatment. A little space is required for this if possible. If you have a favourite chair that you prefer to be treated in, this is usually possible. It is sensible to have a glass of water with you for your treatment, and to ensure that you drink plenty afterwards as your body can feel dehydrated following a treatment.
Will it hurt?
In the past I would have said no, as my style of treatment is very gentle even with a firm pressure. Sometimes however, I now tell you that in order to clear issues there are times when you may experience pain. It depends on the reason for you having reflexology, and we will discuss this when we meet. In general, for most people, it is usual to experience some sensations while reflexes are being worked, especially those that may be out of balance.
Will my feet feel ticklish?
No, reflexology should not tickle. The pressure used ensures the feet feel secure. Even people who do not like their feet to be touched generally find that reflexology is a pleasant experience because the treatment is therapeutic rather than general foot massage.
What will I feel afterwards?
You will most likely feel very relaxed after your treatment. Some people feel raring to go and others feel rested and choose to relax, but every response is a little different. Some people will have some after effects. Usually this is just after your first treatment, as it is your body adjusting to the reflexology. Reactions are usually mild, and may show as a headache or digestive/appetite changes. Some magnification of current symptoms may also be experienced temporarily, such as a bad back feeling worse before improving, or cold symptoms worsening briefly before clearing. It is advised that after a treatment session you drink plenty of water to hydrate the body, and eat light and healthy meals in order to help your body place energy into healing. At your treatment, I will give you full aftercare information to ensure that you are aware of what to expect. Any response to reflexology is very positive, because it demonstrates that you are responding to the treatment well.
Can Reflexology support people living with cancer?
Yes, reflexology can be adapted to meet the changing needs that may occur during this time. Sometimes shorter treatments with a lighter touch may be needed, but this will be agreed to suit your needs. Generally, common symptoms such as pain and anxiety, nausea, insomnia and breathlessness can be supported. There is also great benefit in the relaxation that reflexology can offer, relaxing the body, spirit and soul.
Please contact me to discuss any queries you may have regarding this specialist reflexology service.
Will my private healthcare provider pay for Reflexology?
Yes, sometimes. More and more providers are approving Reflexology by a quaified therapist. These currently include BUPA, Paycare, Healthshield, Sovereign, Medicare, Groupama, and Simply Health. Please check what your own provider will cover if you wish to utilise this method, as their terms and conditions do vary.
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