Reflexology is the technique of applying gentle pressure to the reflexes on the feet & hands in order to bring about a state of deep relaxation, stimulate the body’s own healing processes & help a person return to a state of balance & well-being.
Reflexology is applied to treat the whole person instead of individual ailments or symptoms & is one of the most effective forms of preventative healthcare.
It is based on the ancient principle of energy zones which run through the body. Reflex areas in the feet correspond to parts of the body; by working on these points a reflexologist can release energy blockages & restore the free flow of energy to the whole body.
Reflexology is said to have originated in china some 5000 years ago, when pressure therapy was used to correct energy fields in the body. The earliest example of foot & hand reflexology is a painting found in the Mastaba (early pyramid) of Ankhmahor, the pharaoh’s vizier, which dates from 2330 B.C. It was not until around 1913 that the therapy was introduced to the west by an American ear, nose & throat consultant, Dr. William Fitzgerald.
Reflexology will leave you feeling relaxed & in a state of well-being.
Each treatment lasts about an hour & multiple treatments have an accumulative effect as part of a bespoke programme.
Reflexology can help with a range of ailments:
- back pain
- sleep disorders
- hormonal imbalances
- sports injuries
- digestive disorders
- stress-related conditions
Specific beneficial effects include:
- stress & anxiety relief
- alleviation of stress-related health problems
- deep relaxation & well being
- pain relief
- improved circulation & elimination
- nerve stimulation
- human touch interaction
- improvement/bolstering of the immune system
- stimulation of the body’s own healing mechanisms
- assisting post-operative recovery
- clearing the body of toxins & waste products
Reflexology for Fertility
This can be a very effective treatment for sub-fertility problems, especially with unexplained infertility. There is increasing evidence that sub-fertile women can significantly improve their chances of conception when a method of stress reduction, such as reflexology, is used.
Around one in six couples trying to conceive have problems and it is not uncommon for couples to take two to three years to become pregnant. There are many different causes of infertility and often more than one factor contributes to their infertility.
Lifestyle factors can play a part but, more commonly, hormone imbalances are the culprit. Reflexology can be used to work on the body's hormone or endocrine system by focusing on the key reflexes related to areas of imbalance, such as the pituitary (the "master" of all the hormone glands) or the thyroid. A reflexologist can help the proper functioning of these vital glands and assist the body to achieve optimum health, thus increasing the chances of conception.
Reflexology is a holistic treatment and treats the person as a whole, considering all lifestyle factors. Each treatment plan is tailored to the individual with sessions planned for particular times of the month to aid ovulation.
Beneficial effects for pregnant mothers include:
- helping with sickness, backache, constipation, heartburn and fluid retention
- consolidating pregnancies following previous miscarriage
- reducing length of labour
- encouraging the onset of labour
- helping the mother return to their pre-pregnancy weight
- reducing the chances of post natal depression
Reflexology can help to consolidate a pregnancy by calming the body and helping it return to a state of equilibrium.
Reflexology is looked on favorably by gynaecologists and obstetricians with many recommending it; Dr. Gowri Motha, an obstetrician, in her book Gentle Birth Method is a great advocate.
Post-natal Reflexology can also be of great benefit in helping a mother adjust to coping with a new baby, supporting the mother as her menstrual cycle returns to normal, assisting the mother returning to her pre-pregnancy weight and reducing the chances of post natal depression.
£65 for 60 minutes