What is Reflexology?
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Reflexology is a non-invasive, gentle and safe complementary therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, and hands, correspond with different areas of the body. A form of reflexology is also thought to have been used throughout history in many other cultures including Indian, Japanese and American Indian. In Europe in the Middle Ages, 'zone therapy' was practiced which would later form the basis of modern-day reflexology. Reflexology is an alternative medicine, as a effective natural pain killer. Reflexology may be as effective as painkillers, according to a scientific survey carried out by UK researchers.
Reflexology works in a similar way to acupressure and acupuncture. It is thought that there are certain points on the feet and hands that correspond to the organs and glands in the body. So by pressing and massaging these points it can stimulate energy pathways in the body. If any energy pathways are blocked, Reflexology aims to unblock them, allowing the energy to flow freely again which aims to restore balance to the body. Most people say having Reflexology feels relaxing and soothing. Hand Reflexology can be a very good alternative if there are reasons where the feet could not be accessed.
Treatments are generally an hour session, including a consultation, which usually takes slightly longer on the first appointment and includes discussing your medical history and planning an individual treatment plan. I recommend a treatment plan which will include a number of regular treatments subject to your own individual needs. Regular treatments are recommended for the best outcome and maintenance.
Our hands are very important when it comes to touching, sensing and communicating. Hand reflexology provides an effective and deeply relaxing treatment and most clients find it a very pleasant experience.
Hand reflexology can be a convenient alternative to foot reflexology and can be just as effective. Wonderful for supporting children with autism, or adults with disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's who suffer communication difficulties.
What Benefits can be Expected and What Conditions Can it Help?
Felt truly relaxed recently? For most people, finding time to relax proves difficult in our busy lives, so people generally only find time when they are on holiday... so why only benefit when you are on holiday? A reflexology session could help you escape for an hour of bliss in your busy life.
Foot reflexology to improve sleep quality, research says; A study, published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, states that foot reflexology is more effective than back massage in improving the quality of sleep. The researchers evaluated the efficacy of foot reflexology in improving sleep quality and reducing fatigue. The results of the study showed that both foot reflexology and back massage improved the condition of hemodialysis patients. However, the difference between the scores determined that foot reflexology is a more effective method for easing fatigue and improving the sleep quality among the subjects.
People often suffer from a health complaint they have learned to live with niggling problems, Why not consider an alternative approach to your health. Why not see whether reflexology could make a difference?
Like all holistic therapies, reflexology cannot claim to cure, but works by encouraging the body to heal itself. Reflexology may be beneficial in restoring balance and harmony in the body, including:
Releasing tension, improve anxiety naturally, balance sleep patterns, encourage hormone balance for menopause, natural conception, PCOS and hormone related women's health issues. Reflexology offers a natural approach to pain relief, natural holistic healing for Migraine,and Chronic pain conditions. Cancer care,Palliative care, supportive of clients going through and dealing with Cancer treatments, Chronic Conditions, and helping with the managment of symptoms, stress and anxiety.
Reflexology & Migraine
People are increasingly open to Reflexology for migraine as they search for alternative treatments with real benefits. There are a host of alternative treatments available for migraine, but using Reflexology for migraine management, is gaining more attention as people look outside of traditional medicine for help.
Perhaps the best known study of Reflexology for migraine was done in the mid-90s in Denmark. Studies have indicated an overall reduction in pain, and occurrences of migraine with regular treatments.
RESULTS: At 3-month follow-up, 81% of patients reported that they were helped by the treatments or were cured of their headache problems. Nineteen percent of those who had formerly taken drugs to control their headaches were able to stop medication support following participation in the study.
CONCLUSIONS: Reflexological treatment seems to improve patients' general well-being, energy level, ability to interpret their own body signals, and ability to understand the reasons for headache. However, these relationships may be due to other factors in the treatment environment. Additional studies are necessary to determine the proximate cause of reflexology's therapeutic benefits.
I have a keen interest in Women's Health, using Complementary therapy and alternative medicine, and specialise in natural treatments for menopause.Using complementary therapy for menopause is a safe and supportive alternative treatment for menopause symptoms. Women's health can be naturally supported with Reflexology,and has shown good results for helping women with a treatment plan tailored individually to each person. As an alternative approach for menopause, it is a growing and popular way to manage menopause symptoms.
The average age of menopause in the UK is 51. But it’s an average, meaning there are younger and older women in the mix, too.
Also, bear in mind that this figure is the point at which women’s periods stop completely. Peri-menopause (the time leading up to periods stopping for good) can last for 10 years before this. So women can be peri-menopausal with symptoms throughout their entire 40’s!
Clients have reported an improvement in their anxiety, sleep and hormones imbalances due to peri-menopause and menopause symptoms with regular treatments.
Complementary Therapy for Women's health and menopause is not a new approach, and has been around for a long time, complementary therapy for Conception and Pregnancy is also an area used extensively worldwide, supporting women with natural medicine.
Women's Health & Menopause, supportive during the menopause transition.
I specialise in womens health, with a natural healing approach.
Reflexology for Reproductive Health
Reflexology works best when the client ensures healthy lifestyle habits are in place. These include but are not limited to diet, exercise, relaxation, and work/life balance. No two reflexology treatments are the same for each session because the chosen points address the needs of the client on that particular day. Tailored treatment each session helps to ensure greater outcome. Reflexology may relax you and so you may find it helps you sleep better, reduce tension which may help to balance hormones, regulate cycles.
Reflexology does not claim to cure causes of fertility issues. However, research has found it to have a positive effect in many successful cases. I would recommend a course of reflexology treatments for couples. Ideally both the male and female partners would have treatments, particularly in cases of unexplained infertility.
Reflexology is very supportive during pregnancy, helping to reduce stress & anxiety, improve sleep, and encourage your body’s natural labouring process. Treatment sessions promote relaxation and are thought to improve low mood, stress and anxiety. Clients have reported they feel better, experience less anxiety, have more confidence and seem to have more energy, since undergoing a course of reflexology.
Nepip - NeuroEndopscyolmmunoPody
(NEPIP) is a unique treatment routine. Nepip Reflexology, an amazing treatment involving mindfullness as part of the treatment process, and its at the cutting edge of Reflexology. This is an advanced reflexology protocol and is an effective treatment working with the nervous, endocrine, and immune system with powerful focussed intent and mindfulness. NEPIP is a specialised reflexology treatment based on the scientific principle PNI (Psychoneuroimmunology), which was described in the 1980’s. PNI studies how the brain communications with other systems of the body and how emotions can affect our health, for example how stress can have a detrimental effect on our health. Stress is one of the main reasons why clients come and see me. So many conditions have a root cause in stress. Left unchecked, stress can gradually weaken the body, affect sleep and energy levels and can eventually lead to illness. Mindfulness with Reflexology encourages empowered self-healing and many people report it helps with the symptoms of: Stress, Anxiety, Pain management, and Migraine.
Using Mindfulness visualisation, brings you to a place of calmness and relaxation at a deeper level. Wellbeing is a whole-body experience and is aimed at treating the whole person within complementary therapy.
Adaptive Reflexology Therapy (AdRx)
Adaptive Reflex Therapy for spinal and neck pain. Injury from falls, cycle accidents, car accident whiplash injury, falls and trauma to the body can cause long term pain, and decreased mobility causing debilitating and chronic pain. Adapted Reflex Therapy (AdRx) is a manual therapy developed by Gunnel Berry for patients with chronic and acute spinal pain including those suffering the effects of whiplash injuries. AdRx is thought to enhance wellbeing and relaxation releasing natural endorphins soothing and calming the body.
Reflexology and Fibromyalgia
Chronic pain condititions such as Fibromyalgia, are reported to offer good results with a regular Reflexology sessions. Studies implied that the inclusion of reflexology in the routine care of patients with Fibromyalgia was supportive of reducing pain intensity in these patients.
There are many alternative holistic treatments that can help with the symptoms of fibromyalgia, but finding a treatment that works can take time. What works for one person may not work for another, so flexibility, patience and compassion are essential.
Having regular reflexology treatments as part of your fibromyalgia treatment care plan may help to lower pain, improve circulation, release tension, and increase energy.
Reflexology and Anxiety
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid – particularly about things that are about to happen, or which we think could happen in the future. Anxiety is a natural human response when we perceive that we are under threat. It can be experienced through our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations.
Reflexology has been reported to help manage and improve stress and anxiety. It is a calming, and deeply relaxing treatment.
Reflexology, Stress and IBS
Reflexologists believe that strong emotions, anxiety and stress can impair the normal regulation of the autonomic nervous system, causing an adverse effect on those bowel functions normally carried out automatically. Reflexology aims to retained tension in the body’s tissues and organs, and balance metabolism in those key organs involved in digestion, namely the stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, small intestine and colon.
Symptoms of IBS include diarrhoea and / or constipation, stomach cramps and bloating. The symptoms can be severe and very painful. Some people only experience symptoms after eating certain foods, and find that simply cutting out those foods is enough to stop the symptoms.
Corporate Wellbeing Days
Wellbeing at work, is a growing concept taken up by many businesses to support staff, encouraging better wellbeing makes happy staff, and a happy business!
I offer a choice of complementary therapies including: Hand & Foot Reflexology, and Reiki Healing.
If you think it would be a nice idea to offer this to your staff, please get in touch!
Here are some benefits of complementary therapies:
A gentle, nurturing therapy, Reflexology works in unison with the body to help protect and correct physical and physiological imbalances, through the stimulation of the nervous system. It strengthens the connection between mind and body – relieving stress and promoting deep relaxation. Many people say they sleep better following a session of hand reflexology and this, in turn, increases healing potential.
This service is available throughout the Cheshire area.
Self Help Downloads
I have also added below some self help downloads which are really useful to use at home, and are a good continuation between treatments.
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