Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive complementary health therapy aimed at rebalancing the body and promoting a better health for the patient. The treatment can be performed on the foot, hand, tongue or ear; but is primarily on the feet as this is where the best results occur.
The therapy works on the principal that the body’s organs and systems are reflected on these areas like maps and by applying manipulation to the corresponding points, known as ‘reflexes’ the body can achieve a state of balance to heal itself.
Every organ, structure of system within the human body is mirrored in alternative areas allowing for distal treatment of the body. Reflexology mapped these systems into 10 separate zones within the feet and believes that these areas are connected through a system of energies within the body (the Chinese call these energies Qi, also referred to a Chakra’s and Aura’s) these can become congested, stagnated or blocked causing the channels to function less effectively and imbalances in health to occur. The reflexologist will relax these blocked areas, hopefully re-establishing the free flow of energy allowing the body’s own self-healing capacity.
During the treatment, you can rest or talk it is whatever makes you most relaxed. Often people can experience a ‘lightness’ or ‘tingling’ in the body or a sensation of warmth, this is usually a sign of the energy moving and the body systems communicating. It is useful to tell the therapist how you are feeling or what you are experiencing, as this helps the therapist tailor the treatment plan to your specific needs. Feedbacks always encouraged and remember; you can stop the treatment at any time. The most important thing is for you to feel relaxed, comfortable and nurtured.
Immediately after the treatment is finished, gently bring yourself back up and orient yourself. Please do not rush as you may feel a little light headed or dizzy.
The treatment will be done using either cream, lotion or oil which will be chosen by the client and reflexologist prior to starting treatment. The whole treatment lasts about 60 minutes however the initial treatment with consultation will last slightly longer.
Reflexology should not tickle or hurt the client and is often said to be a very relaxing style of foot massage. However, there may be a mild discomfort felt in certain sensitive reflexes, these would be where the toxins have built up and imbalances have occurred. The therapist will carefully touch these areas with light pressure to assist the body in ridding itself of these toxins which injure health. Please do not hesitate to tell the therapist if there is more than a mild discomfort in any given area.
Reflexology can help with all sorts of things, from basic relaxation, maintaining health and well-being to treating minor health problems. It can also help ease some of the symptoms associated with long-term and degenerative conditions.
Some people find it works for them and some don’t. The best way to find out is to try it.
It is important to note though, that it cannot diagnose a condition; more indicate an imbalance, nor can it cure illness. It enables the body to treat itself and is in no way a replacement for medical treatment, it is imperative to see your Doctor if you are concerned about your health.
Reflexology can be safely used by anyone from new-born babies to end of life care; age is not a requirement. This therapy is complementary meaning it works alongside other treatments and does not usually conflict with orthodox medical treatments or medications. However, there are times when it is not suitable to provide treatment. These include:
Pregnancy or postnatal.
contagious illnesses, diseases or infections
Any untreated severe medical condition or acute pain.
Athletes foot, swelling or inflammation, open skin, sun burn, skin rashes, bites, burns or recent fractures (minimum 3 months) on the feet.
Epilepsy and neurological disorders
It may be possible to still treat a patient with cuts, grazes, bruises or verrucae’s on the feet however these areas must be covered with a dressing to prevent contamination or cross-infection occurring.
if you are unsure if this treatment if suitable for you please contact the therapist to discuss this.
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*reflexology includes a consultation.
Reiki or ‘sunlight energy’ is a Japanese spiritual balancing therapy
developed by Mikao Usui following his intense study of Tendai
Buddhism, Shinotoism, Yoga, Tai Chi, Chinese Medicine,
Acupuncture and Qi gong. It uses the practitioner’s
intention, symbolism, and energy to ‘heal’ themselves
or others re-establishing their physical, mental,
emotional, and spiritual selves. Reiki is not a massage
or a religious practise but a way to unblock Qi and
energy on a higher energetic field allowing a better flow
which therefore promotes overall health and wellbeing. Reiki
therapy can leave you feeling calm, nurtures and feeling at one with
yourself. Your outlook tends to be more positive and you feel more able to cope with life’s stresses. As this is an energetic treatment, each person will feel its effect differently. Prior to treatment you will be asked to remove your shoes and any tight clothing such as belts / jewellery than would prevent you lying comfortably for a period of time.
You will be asked to lie on the couch face upwards throughout the treatment. The practitioner will set their intention and rest their hands just above the skin or may rest on the skin lightly in non-intrusive hand positions. The practitioner will then move to different areas ranging from head to throat, navel, arms, legs and ankles. You may be asked to turn over to treat the back if an imbalance is indicated in that area.
You may experience an intense heat or cold at specific areas while the practitioner is working there, some even feel tingling, like they are heavy, floating or seeing colours this is all very normal and the practitioner will be very interested to know as they can indicate a specific block or clearing within one of the chakras.
Following treatment, you may feel light-headed and lethargic as the blocks have been cleared. Occasionally where there were greater blocks cleared the patient may experience a ‘healing crisis’, this only tends to last 24-48 hours as the bodies toxins are clearing and dispelling from the body.
To gain the most from your treatment, for the first 24 hours please:
Drink plenty of fluids to assist the detox process
Eat a light diet, avoid a heavy meal for 12 hours post therapy
Avoid strenuous exercise as it uses the bodies energy for healing
Practise Tai Chi, Yoga, Qi gong, Pilates or meditation to continue the benefits