How can Reflexology benefit me?
Since reflexology is a holistic treatment it treats the whole person, not just the symptoms. Whilst reflexologists do not diagnose, prescribe or claim to cure, many people find treatments have given them relief from a wide range of conditions particularly those that might be stress induced (or exacerbated by stress), such as high blood pressure, digestive complaints, hormonal imbalances (including fertility issues), menopause, headaches, neck and shoulder tension and insomnia, to name but a few.
The relaxation effects of this treatment can help strengthen the immune system and therefore may help with conditions such as hay fever, asthma and allergies. It has also been shown to have a sedating effect and can therefore be effective in reducing both chronic and acute pain.
You do not have to be physically unwell to have reflexology. However, this gentle treatment has powerful effects and is able work on a deeper level. It can help facilitate healing on all levels, benefiting psychological imbalances such as anxiety and depression.
Reflexology is an incredible therapy, providing a tool to help people release and manage their emotions in a positive and natural way.
What happens at my First Appointment?
The first session will last approximately 1.5 hours and will include a full review of your lifestyle and medical history. A treatment plan based on your specific needs will be discussed with you. All information is confidential.
To start the treatment your feet will be cleaned and dried before being wrapped in a towel. A powder is then applied to your feet to facilitate the smooth flow of the thumbs and fingers working the feet. It is not ticklish and a firmer pressure can be applied if preferred. Treatments are performed whilst lying on a comfortable reclining chair, fully clothed so you need only remove your socks and shoes. The treatment will end with a massage of your feet and lower leg using either a cream or fragrant oils to leave you feeling relaxed.
All treatments use locally sourced natural products.
How might I feel after a Treatment?
Reflexology acknowledges that everyone is unique and therefore responds very differently to a treatment. Many leave a treatment feeling a sense of peace and very relaxed. Most people report that they notice an improved mood, sleep well and generally feel a sense of wellbeing. Occasionally clients have reported a mild headache, increased urination or feeling tired after their first treatment. These are normal reactions and simply the body’s way of responding to the treatment in the self-healing process. Usually such symptoms are short-lived, passing within a day or two. It is important to drink plenty of water in the 24 hours following a treatment to help minimise any after effects by encouraging detoxification.
How many Treatments will I need?
This will be dependent on your specific condition and health needs. Often a course of treatments over a period of a few weeks is recommended, reducing then to a maintenance programme if needed. Some clients choose to book regular sessions as a preventative measure and to keep their systems balanced. The aim of regular treatments is to bring the whole body back to a state of wellness.
Are there any conditions not suitable for Reflexology?
It is recommended that Reflexologists do not work on the following;
- A history of thrombosis
- Contagious or notifiable diseases
- Pregnancy where there is a history of unstable pregnancies
- Lymphatic cancer
Can Reflexology be given to babies and children?
Yes subject to a person with parental responsibility signing a consent form for children under the age of 18.
Children and teenagers generally find the treatment very calming and respond well. It can be particularly helpful for reducing nerves before an exam or sleep problems. Sessions are kept slightly shorter but are still as effective.
It will be necessary for you to accompany your child during a treatment.
Is it possible to claim the cost of the Reflexology treatment on my private medical insurance?
Some insurers cover the cost of your treatment but since each company has different terms you will need to check with them directly.