WHAT IS IT?
A foot treatment where the therapist works special pressure points on the feet, and sometimes hands, which correlate to parts of the body. Reflexologists believe that the entire body is mapped out on the feet and balance can be restored by working on them.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
By pressing or massaging points which relate to parts of the body, Reflexology can possibly offer pain relief, restore hormonal balance, instil a sense of wellbeing and reduce stress symptoms.
Reflexology is over 5,000 years old and has origins in China and Egypt, where pressure therapies were recognised to have therapeutic benefits and more importantly, help prevent disease. The earliest evidence of Reflexology is a wall painting in the tomb of an Egyptian physician ‘Ankmahor’ at Saqqara, dated around 2500-2300 BC. Foot reflex therapy was not introduced to the Western World until the twentieth century when the Americans began to develop zone therapy, which had been practised by the Europeans as far back as the fourteenth century, into Reflexology as we know it today.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER A TREATMENT?
You will probably feel quite sleepy, calm and relaxed. Even if you generally find it difficult to do so. Sometimes people feel a little ‘spaced out’ after treatment, so take care getting up and moving around.
WHAT DO I DO AFTER A TREATMENT?
Reflexology can be very detoxifying so drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and eat a simple supper. You may find you sleep very well following a treatment and occasionally clients feel under the weather the following day, this is due to the detoxifying effects and should pass within 24 hours. Please contact your practitioner if you are concerned.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?
This depends on your reasons for having treatment. It is advisable to begin with a short course of 4-6 treatments in close succession (every 1-2 weeks) once your acute symptoms have passed, a ‘top up’ treatment every 4-6 weeks is recommended.
WHAT CAN BE TREATED?
A wide range of symptoms including stress, fatigue, headaches, hormonal imbalance, convalescence, fertility issues, menopause, pain, anxiety, depression, IBS and other bowel problems.
Facial Reflexology works on the same principles as foot reflexology but as the name suggests the treatment is on your face and head. Facial Reflexology is a non-invasive treatment based on the theory that areas of your face are connected to areas of your body.
Benefits of Facial Reflexology
Many people find that Facial Reflexology is an amazing experience, here are just a few of its benefits:
Can bring about a general feeling of calmness and relaxation ♦ Has a direct rejuvenating effect on the skin and leaves the face glowing and radiant ♦ Helps relieve sinusitis/congestion ♦ Relives mental strain and improves concentration ♦ Relives tension in the muscles tissue ♦ Improves lymphatic drainage aiding the removal of waste products and toxins ♦ Aims to improve circulation to face and head area ♦ Aims to relieve the effects of stress.
Hot Stone Reflexology
Take your Reflexology treatment to the next level and try Hot Stone Reflexology!!
Hot Stone Reflexology originated in India and China and has been around for centuries. Ancient civilizations believed that hot stones cleansed the body and relaxed the heart, grounding the soul and soothing the mind. As the name implies, the treatment involves using smooth stones which are heated in water. The stones relax the body at its deepest level and are effective in creating harmony and balance. The subtle energies of stone introduced into a treatment calm the senses, relax muscle tension and promote a meditative state.
Potential benefits of Hot Stones include:
Heat penetrates to a much deeper level than finger pressure, reaching around 7cm into tissues. This brings about physiological changes as well as improving energy flow ♦ Improves blood circulation & lymphatic drainage ♦ Promotes the release & elimination of toxins ♦ Boosts immunity and the lymphatic function ♦ Relieves tension in connective tissues ♦ Reduces muscular tension which will help muscles to relax and repair more efficiently ♦ It is warming, deeply relaxing & soothing helping to melt away any tension or anxiety ♦ Helps to bring about a balance of body as well as mind.
Use of Hot Stones in Reflexology
The heat helps to relax the muscles in the feet allowing the therapist to work deeper into the reflex areas.
Hot stones can be incorporated into a Reflexology treatment to further enhance the benefits of the treatment. It is estimated that one stroke of a hot stone is worth five strokes with the hand! It is also believed to yield five times deeper and five times longer lasting effects compared to a “normal” Reflexology treatment. The heat helps to relax the muscles in the feet allowing the therapist to work deeper into the reflex areas.
The stones are composed of basalt, a volcanic rock, which due to its high density retains heat well. Stones are firstly used to massage the lower legs (below the knees) relieving any tension in the calf muscles and helping to enhance energy flow. Smaller stones are then used to work the reflex areas and points of the feet. The heat from the stones quickly opens the reflex pathways bringing about a much deeper level of relaxation than Reflexology alone.
Please ensure you wear loose trousers during the treatment to allow the Practitioner to work the whole leg up to the knee.
Maternity Reflexology aims to optimise the physical and emotional health of pregnant women and to also allow you time away from a busy life, to focus purely on yourself and the growing baby.
The first trimester is a time when there are huge changes in hormone levels as well as anxieties and concerns about the changes that are going to happen. These factors may leave you feeling delighted, anxious, exhilarated, weepy and exhausted – sometimes all at once. The aim of Reflexology during this trimester is to relax, de-stress and offer support.
Second and Third Trimester
Research has shown that regular Reflexology treatments during pregnancy can significantly reduce pain during labour, reduce the length of the first stage of labour and improve the quality of sleep in post-natal women.In the second and third trimester, most of the discomforts of early pregnancy have gone. However, as the baby grows you may begin to experience other physical symptoms. Your stress levels may also rise as the birth becomes more imminent. Reflexology can be used for general well-being or to address other health issues such as sleeping problems should they arise.
Preparation for Labour
As your due date approaches, you may find it useful to visit a Reflexologist more frequently. Although there is no evidence that reflexology can induce labour, the general view is that it will help support the body to prepare for labour and promote relaxation at a time when anxiety levels are often high.
Two recent studies have shown that reflexology during pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour (1), reduced the length of the first stage of labour (1) and improved the quality of sleep in post-natal women (2).
- Valiani M. et al (2010) Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour primiparous women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research 15(Dec) p.301-310
- Li C-Y et al (2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women. Midwifery 27. P. 181-186
Reproductive Reflexology is for women at any stage in their fertility planning, whether they are enhancing their general health before trying for a baby, experiencing problems with conception or require help and guidance during pregnancy. Treatments are also offered for couples undergoing assisted fertility treatments such as IUI and IVF/ICSI.
Here are some interesting facts about fertility:
After pregnancy, infertility is the most common reason for women aged 20 to 45 to visit their GP ♦ 1 in 6 couples in the UK experience difficulties conceiving, that’s about 3.5m people ♦ Over 60,000 cycles of IVF are performed in the UK each year – yet fewer than 25% of these are successful ♦ The majority of fertility treatment in the UK has to be paid for privately as NHS provision varies depending on your postcode ♦ In over 40% of instances of infertility, the causes are unexplained ♦ Fertility declines with age – and that applies to men as well as women.
Stress and Fertility
Reflexology can help remove blockages in the flow of your natural energy and through Reflexology you can experience a deep sense of physical and emotional relaxation, improved mood and increased wellbeing. Stress is anything which has an impact on your body; it can be physical or emotional in origin. It is a very significant factor with fertility, its causes are limitless and the impact on the body very widespread. When you’re suffering from chronic (on going) stress, the body increases the production of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol and at the same time slows the production of reproductive hormones, making it difficult to conceive.
Reflexology can help to combat how stress affects your body by bringing it back to its natural state of homeostasis. Your body then has the strength and focus to do what it does naturally. Reflexology provides deep relaxation and the release of tension in the body. When your body is stress free and relaxed it is better able to regulate your menstrual cycle including how often you are ovulating.
Reproductive Reflexology Treatments
Every client is an individual and this is taken into consideration when designing a treatment plan to meet your needs.
At your first consultation the Practitioner will take a detailed medical history, including information on any mainstream fertility treatment being undertaken, medication, details of your diet and life-style. This information will then be used to design a treatment plan.
As a Reflexologist and Nutritional Therapist Gabriela offers clients a course of Reproductive Reflexology treatments, with dietary changes and appropriate supplements.
The Practitioner uses temperature charting to find out more information about your menstrual cycle and asks clients to start recording this before the first consultation.