Reflexology..


Reflexology is a complementary therapy involving massage to the feet, that has been practised throughout history and around the world. It was rediscovered in America in the early 1900's and brought over to this country in the 1960's by Doreen Bayly. It has slowly grown in popularity ever since.

WHO CAN IT HELP

Anybody! Any age can benefit from Reflexology and many conditions can be helped. It works on the whole body as all the systems are worked upon, ie, digestive, nervous, circulatory systems.

Many people only use Reflexology when have a health issue but it can be a wonderful preventative therapy as it boosts the immune system. It is also incredibly relaxing and works wonders for stress!

Below is a list of conditions that can be helped by Reflexology, but there are many more that I have not included as the list is endless.

  • headaches/migraine
  • depression/anxiety
  • lethargy
  • sinus problems
  • arthritis
  • back problems
  • frozen shoulder
  • muscle strains
  • neck stiffness
  • sciatica
  • incontinence
  • ezcema/dermatitis
  • diabetes
  • infertility
  • menopause
  • PMS
  • thyroid imbalance
  • asthma
  • hypertension/hypotension
  • allergies
  • constipation
  • IBS
  • acne

With conditions where medication is taken, ie diabetes, blood pressure problems, thyroid imbalance, it is important to have regular check ups with your Doctor as medication may need to be altered.

A TREATMENT SESSION

On a first visit , a Reflexologist will take a medical history. You will be asked to sit on a comfortable couch and remove your socks and shoes. A firm but gentle pressure will be applied to the feet, usually using the thumbs. There may be tenderness in certain areas but this is only fleeting and indicates an imbalance in the corresponding part of the body. The Reflexologist will carefully work this area to rid the body of the congestion and allow the energy to flow once more. The whole treatment usually lasts for just under an hour, although for the first treatment an hour and a half should be allowed, to include the consultation.

Treating in the garden during a hot summer evening

VERTICAL REFLEX THERAPY

Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT) takes classical reflexology to another level. As the name vertical suggests, the client stands during treatment rather than reclining. A Reflexologist named Lynne Booth discovered that whilst working the tops of the feet when the client is standing , the healing process seems to be accelerated considerably. She puts this down to the fact that when the feet are weight-bearing the reflexes are sensitised as opposed to de-sensitised whilst reclining. It is especially useful with orthopaedic conditions and some degree of improvement is generally seen immediately. VRT is usually performed for five minutes at the beginning or end of a normal reclining treatment.


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