Reflexology has been practised for over 5000 years and introduced to the western world 100 years ago. By using a series of finger and thumbing techniques, pressure is applied to reflex points on both feet which represent every part of the body including organs and glands. Approximately 7000 nerves are stimulated by reflexology techniques. When tender or congested areas are felt the reflexology works to unblock them.
If the feet cannot be worked the hands or face can be worked instead.
This holistic approach works on the health of the whole person, rather than one particular symptom, to restore balance to the entire body, emotionally, mentally and physically.
There have been some positive research projects carried out with reflexology.
With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to recognise the detrimental effect that this can have and to take action to address their own healthcare needs. As such, reflexology could be one of the ways you might employ to ease the stresses of modern life.
Improved wellbeing is much more than simply the absence of illness. It also includes an improved frame of mind, better relationships with those around you and increased happiness.
As a professional reflexologist I am there to support you as a whole person and promote your wellbeing.
It is not possible to know in advance how you will react to a treatment. However people often do feel very relaxed, may sleep better and notice a feeling of improved mood and general wellbeing. You may notice that other things improve too.
Potential benefits of reflexology can include:
• Release of tension
• Reduced stress
• Feelings of deep relaxation
• Mood improvement
• More restful sleep
• Increased energy levels
• The release of endorphins, the body's feel good hormones, which can also provide pain relief
• Improved circulation
• Stronger immune system
• A deeper sense of harmony and balance
Reflexology encourages the body to rebuild its energy resources and recover from illness and disease.
Anybody of any age, young and old alike, who simply wishes to promote and maintain good health may benefit.
The only way to know if reflexology will help you is to try it!
What happens when I go for reflexology?
The treatment itself is safe and non-invasive.
For some conditions where you are being treated by your GP, Consultant, Specialist or other Complementary Therapist it is advisable that you seek their permission before commencing reflexology.
A full medical and lifestyle consultation will be taken and you will be asked to sign a consent form agreeing to the treatment. All information will be kept confidentially.
A reflexology session lasts for approximately an hour. As it is just the feet being worked on, you remain fully clothed, simply removing shoes and socks.
You will be invited to relax on a reclining chair or treatment couch. Your feet will be cleansed at the start followed by a warm up massage and a series of thumb, finger and knuckle techniques adapted to suit your individual needs.
Some areas of the feet may feel tender or sore but this will pass. The general experience should feel relaxing.
How will I feel after the reflexology session?
After one or two sessions of reflexology, most people feel an improved sense of wellbeing and experience a feeling of deep relaxation.
If you have never had reflexology before it is not unusual to experience mild symptoms such as tiredness, needing to go to the toilet more often, headache etc.
These are normal reactions and explained to you together with an aftercare handout. These symptoms should pass within 24-48 hours and are eased by drinking plenty of water.
PLEASE NOTE: Good hydration is key to the success of reflexology. To gain the most benefit from your reflexology session it is beneficial to ensure that you are well hydrated prior to your reflexology appointment.
Aim to drink 1 to 2 litres of water and avoid alcohol the night before and after your session.
AromaReflex combines together the power of essential oils and reflexology.
You will receive a full reflexology treatment with a blend of oils chosen just for you. It is an extremely relaxing and nurturing experience.
AromaReflex uses a carefully selected range of oils that are safe to use and also extremely beneficial. You will have your blend applied throughout your treatment.
This treatment is longer than a regular reflexology session. It incorporates advanced massage techniques, so wear something loose and comfortable and ensure you are well hydrated by drinking plenty of water before you come for your session.
You will be given your blend pot to take home so that you can maximise the benefits of your session.
Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage
What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is like the circulatory system, comprising of a network of lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph.
Lymph is circulated around the body, surrounding and bathing the body tissues. It contains a high number of lymphocytes that help fight infection.
This then drains into the lymph vessels directionally toward the heart. The fluid then flows through the lymphatic system to the biggest lymph vessel - the thoracic duct. The thoracic duct then empties back into the blood circulation.
The function of the lymphatic system is part of the immune system and to drain excess fluid from tissues.
What is Lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema is tissue swelling due to the failure of lymph drainage. This can be caused by damage or disruption to the lymphatic system.
There are two main types of lymphoedema:
•Primary lymphoedema –
which develops at birth or shortly after and is caused by faulty genes.
•Secondary lymphoedema –
caused by damage to the lymphatic system as a result of an infection, injury, trauma, or cancer.
Secondary lymphoedema often develops as a side effect of cancer treatment.
Surgery is often necessary to remove lymph glands to prevent a cancer from spreading, this can damage the lymphatic system.
Radiotherapy where controlled doses of high-energy radiation are used to destroy cancer cells, can also damage the lymphatic system.
Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD) may be used in a very similar way to Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD). RLD is performed using a specific sequence on the feet, with aftercare techniques shown on the hands. MLD is also used to treat conditions other than lymphoedema, and RLD may be used similarly including some of the following:-
• Chronic fatigue
• Sinus problems
• Muscular tension
• Aches and pains
• Premenstrual syndrome
What is Facial Reflexology?
Our face, as part of ourself, symbolizes us and therefore represents us wholly. Everything that we are is projected on to our face, in particular our physiological, psychological and even pathological state.
The main objective of facial reflexology - a Vietnamese system of facial acupressure - is to prevent health problems before they begin and to relieve existing troubles before they become entrenched.
The system was originally developed in the 1980's by doctors in Ho Chi Minh City as a less invasive alternative to facial acupuncture.
Made accessible to the West by Nhuan Le Quang, who eimigrated to France, Vietnamese facial reflexology - or Dien' Cham' - promotes a healthy flow of energy throughout the body by stimulation of 57 acupressure points and associated 'reflex zones' on the face.
As with other reflexology systems, such as foot or hand reflexology, it is possible to visualise a projection of the entire human body superimposed over the face. An organ or body part can then be stimulated by massaging the corresponding facial reflex zone.
Source of all Sickness: The Nervous System
It is quite possible to affirm that all sicknesses have, at their origin, a form of fatigue or exhaustion of the nervous system. That is why obtaining some relaxation is an essential notion to Chinese medicine and Dien' Cham'.
Lack of sleep, overwork, almost constant stress, repeated stress, inadequate physical exercise, sadness, depression, psychological shocks, moral or emotional solitude, are states we are all familiar with, which lie at the route of sickness.
They all weaken our immune defences. Consequently our energy decreases and the body is no longer able to fight off attacks by viruses and bacteria, which are present everywhere in the body itself and in the environment. A sickness will generally take hold in the weakest spot.
In Chinese medicine, pain and suffering are always considered to be caused by blocked energy which needs freeing. A sickness is always caused by a problem with the affected organ's energy.
Facial Reflexology techniques are incredibly simple and can be incorporated into your daily routine for long term benefits.
What Kind of Problems may Facial Reflexology Help?
The great attraction of facial reflexology is the relief that you may experience from many of the little ailments and pains that diminish your quality of life.
Just to give you a preliminary idea of conditions that you may gain relief from:
• Problems with the back, joints and muscles
• Sexual and genital problems, hormonal upsets
• Skin problems
• Problems of digestion, assimilation and elimination
• Troubles of the nervous system
• Circulatory troubles
• Respiratory troubles
• Specific or chronic disorders
• Other such as poor vision, poor hearing, sore throats and related conditions
What Happens during a Facial Reflexology Session?
You will be invited to relax on a reclining chair or therapy couch. You remain fully clothed as only the face is worked on and you are covered with a warm blanket to maintain a comfortable body temperature.
If you have chosen to begin with a facial cleanse, the session begins with this using natural products from the Tropic Skincare Range. This is optional.
The facial reflexology then begins with a facial massage followed by relaxing and toning techniques using rubbing, tapping and circular motions with the fingers on select reflex points on the face.
This is then followed using the same techniques to stimulate or sedate reflexes on the face that relate personally to you. During the consultation before the facial reflexology begins we will have discussed and chosen two or three areas to work on that are specific to you at this time.
Before you leave you will be shown some simple self care energy-giving massage techniques that only require a few minutes each day which can be easily incorporated into your cleansing routine.
A very important secondary benefit: if you do it regularly, stimulation of the face improves circulation. Together with some very simple lifestyle considerations such as drinking plenty of fresh water, eating fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, taking in fresh air and light exercise, you may then begin to notice the benefits that this can bring to your skin.