Foot and Hand Reflexology
45 minutes - £33
A form of Reflexology dates back as far as 4000BC in China and Egypt, and the North American tribes of Indians were known to have practised a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years. However the rediscovery of "Zone Therapy" as it was called is accredited to Dr William Fitzgerald between 1915 and 1917. During the 1930's Eunice Ingham extended the work of Dr William Fitzgerald and mapped the feet with all the corresponding organs and glands of the body which is still used today. Their work has continually been developed and their are now maps for working the hands, head and just the toes, all of which I practice.
What is Reflexology and How Does it Work?
The theory behind reflexology is that tension, congestion and disease in the body are mirrored in the feet, hands and head. Each foot, hand and half of the head represent one half of the body and have reflex points for every part of the body. As a reflexologist I don't diagnose, prescribe or treat specific illnesses, but working on the body I can feel areas that need stimulation to boost your natural healing powers, our bodies are equipped with self-healing facilities, but often fail to work properly because the vital energy pathways are blocked due to degeneration and the stresses and strains of life. Reflexology stimulates the body by reducing stress, accelerating the repair work and natural healing done by the body and boosts the immune system and balances the body. Reflexology encourages healing physically, mentally and emotionally.
Reflexology is a very popular treatment and its appeal is universal and lasting because:
- All the organs, glands and skeletal systems can be accessed and stimulated through the feet, hands and head balancing the whole body.
- It is non-invasive, clothes don't have to be removed and the feet, hands and head can be accessed easily anywhere and at anytime.
- Is for healthy people as well as sick people, and for any age.
- It produces a state of relaxation and homeostasis (meaning balanced).
Reflexology Styles I Use
The traditional style of reflexology that most therapists offer is called "The Walking Style" which on it's own is a lovely treatment and very relaxing, but reflexology has moved on in leaps and bounds over the years and I have been trained in many different styles, some which will be suitable for you and some which won't.
- Walking Style - A traditional form of reflexology where the reflexes are pressed using one method of walking the thumb over the entire foot.
- Sticks - Special reflexology sticks are used to stimulate certain reflex points, I use this as and when I feel needed.
- Massage - Massage techniques are used to stimulate the reflex points - one of my favourites!
- Linking - This style uses energy, a bit like Reiki, a very light touch is used - again one of my favourites and is a style I like to combine with massage.
- Trauma Reflexology - This style uses special linking techniques to help a client deal with trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, abuse or any trauma related illnesses.
- VRT - Vertical Reflexology Therapy - This style is useful for people who are in wheelchairs as only the top of the foot is worked.
- South African - This style is using a map of just the toes. This can be used with a very firm pressure as the South Africans believe that pain is needed to stimulate healing, I personally found this painful but very effective. Also can be used with a soft pressure and linking.
- Head Reflexology - Reflexology using energy to stimulate the reflex points in the head. This is the ultimate in relaxation!
- Unscented reflexology wax
- Tea Tree and Mint reflexology wax - a blend of spearmint, peppermint and tea tree essential oils " a pick me up" for tired feet with properties which are cooling, cleansing and stimulating with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties (unsuitable for those with high blood pressure).
- Zest reflexology wax - a blend of mandarin and lime essential oils developed for the Iris Cancer partnership, and will bring a "zing to your step".
- Lavender reflexology wax - is astringent and antiseptic made from lavender in Haut D'Alps and will relax your tired feet!
- Women's Blend reflexology wax - a blend of frankincense, bergamot, lavender and geranium essential oils which will help to balance the hormones, is good for dry skin and will calm and relax your mind and body.
- Lotion which is free from parabens and SLS's.
Some Conditions Reflexology may Help
The list of conditions that reflexology may help is exhaustive as the treatment has so many benefits, I have put together a small list of common conditions and problems.
- Anxiety and stress disorders
- Problems associated with the reproductive system (menstrual problems, such as PMS, painful, scanty, heavy or irregular periods, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopause can all be treated)
- Problems with conception, male and female infertility, and loss of libido
- Joint pain and joint mobility
- Breathing disorders (all respiratory problems, including asthma, chest infections, cough infections, coughs and colds, ear, nose and throat problems can be eased with reflexology)
- Sleep problems and insomnia
- Problems with digestion and elimination (constipation, IBS, food allergies and flatulence)
- Blood sugar disorders
- Skin disorders (acne, eczema, psoriasis and rashes)
- Degenerative disorders(i.e. symptoms of MS and Parkinson’s disease)
- Sinus disorders
- Ear disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
- Circulatory problems
- Toxin build up
- Low immunity
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- Restores mental illness
- Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress
- Improves focus and concentration
- Enhances and stimulates creativity and productivity
- Calms an overactive mind
- Boosts confidence
- Reduces or eliminates the need for drugs, tobacco and alcohol
- Reduces emotional turmoil
- Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress
- Releases the memory of past hurts
- Calms anger, frustration and impatience Induces courage and strength helping to cope with difficult situations and problems
- Lifts depression
- Increases positive emotions such as happiness, joy, enthusiasm for life
- Assists in resolving emotional conflicts
- Relieves stress, induces a deep sense of relaxation