What is Reflexology
Reflexology is a wonderfully relaxing holistic therapy which has a positive effect on your whole body and has its origins back in ancient times in many cultures, including India, China and Egypt where drawings of foot massage where discovered on ancient tombs!
By stimulating or relaxing various reflex points and zones on your feet or hands, reflexology can improve energy flow, restore balance to your body and help activate the body’s natural ability to heal itself and improving vitality and energy levels. It also leaves your feet or hands feeling great!
For more information about reflexology, take a look at this link from the Association of Reflexologists. As a member of the AoR, and having undertaken advanced training in all of the techniques detailed below, you can be assured that you are in expert and knowledgeable hands.
Can Reflexology help you?
Everyone can benefit from Reflexology! Whether you are feeling out of sorts, are looking for a complementary therapy to support you alongside conventional medicine for a chronic condition, or just because you enjoy it!
Reflexology has been proven to:
- Aid relaxation
- Improve mood
- Help release tension
- Aid sleep
- Improve wellbeing
Reflexology does not claim to cure conditions. However, many people find reflexology a vital tool in managing their health and wellbeing. Some of the more common symptoms that people find reflexology beneficial for are listed below:
- Stress and Anxiety
- Digestive issues
- Headaches and migraines
- Insomnia and poor sleep
- Hormonal imbalances
- Women’s health issues
- Fertility issues (male and female)
- Pregnancy-related issues such as fatigue, nausea, digestive issues etc
- Back pain and other muscular-skeletal and postural issues
- Pain associated with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis
Because reflexology has cumulative benefits with regular treatments, I have a special offer where you can purchase 6 sessions for the price of 5 (to be taken within 12 months). You can decide at the end of your first session if you’d like to take advantage of this offer.
How Does Reflexology Work?
There are many theories as to why reflexology works, but in general, our feet, hands, face and even ears can be used as a map of our bodies. Within this map, there are reflex points which represent the various organs and areas of our bodies.
Reflexology is not a foot massage, however it is a deeply relaxing experience. During the treatment I work in a systematic way to stimulate or relax the various reflex points and gently encourage the body to balance and heal itself and to improve the flow of energy throughout the body. Particular focus and advanced techniques can also be given to work on problematic areas.
What to expect at your first session
Using the information given in your consultation form and any discussions we have, together with a foot (or hand) reading, I will carry out a tailored treatment, also taking into account what I pick up on during the session. Subsequent sessions will include a mini-update on how you have been since the previous treatment.
The therapy is a gentle non-invasive treatment which should not cause discomfort, however you may notice tender areas which may relate to imbalances in your body. The treatment takes place in an extremely comfortable reclining chair and most people find the therapy so relaxing that they may even fall asleep during their session!
How frequently should I have reflexology?
The aim of reflexology is to restore balance, harmony and energy flow to the body so that it can work optimally. Therefore, many people have reflexology regularly to maintain good health or to treat particular condition or imbalance.
For best results, I would initially recommend weekly or fortnightly sessions for the first 4-6 weeks, to help restore balance to the body followed by monthly sessions for wellbeing if required. However if this frequency is not viable for you, please don’t be put off as less frequent sessions will still give positive benefits.
Reflexology for Fertility
Reflexology therapy works by balancing and harmonising the body, working on all systems including endocrine (hormonal), reproductive and nervous systems – systems which may be directly implicated with fertility issues and therefore it is often a popular complementary therapy to consider when thinking about fertility health.
Whether you are just at the start of planning for your family or you are struggling with a diagnosis of unexplained fertility or a diagnosed condition, reflexology may be beneficial to you.
Having had personal experience of infertility myself, I have an understanding of the stress and strain, both mentally and physically that it can put on both partners and I highly recommend reflexology as a way of not only helping to restore balance, but also as an effective way of helping you to cope with the associated stresses that infertility can bring and helping you to relax.
A course of treatments is ideally recommended: 4 x weekly sessions followed by 2 x fortnightly sessions and monthly sessions thereafter if required. However if this does not work for you, please don’t be put off as timings and numbers of sessions can always be adapted.
Can I have reflexology alongside assisted conception treatment?
Yes you can!, However it is something you should discuss with your consultant first. Unlike fertility reflexology which aims to balance and optimise your hormonal balance and reproductive system for natural conception, reflexology alongside fertility treatment aims to assist the efficacy of the particular drugs regime you will be undergoing, rather than balancing your hormones so it is important to let me know exactly where you are in your treatment protocol so that I can treat you safely and optimally.
Reflexology for Pregnancy and beyond
Reflexology is a safe, enjoyable relaxing therapy that you can benefit from at all stages of pregnancy. It can help to support the many changes that your body and emotional being go through during those precious 9 months and beyond and a recent study also showed evidence that regular treatments could even help to reduce labour times by up to 45 minutes!
How can reflexology support you during pregnancy?
Reflexology is a holistic therapy which aims to treat and balance the whole of the body but during your treatments we can also focus on particular areas of concern including:
- Nausea and sickness
- Stress and emotional changes
- Oedema (swollen ankles/hands)
- Back and other musculo-skeletal pain
- Indigestion, heartburn and other digestive issues
- Skin conditions due to pregnancy
- Preparing your body for labour
Regular treatments throughout pregnancy will give optimal support, however, even occasional or one-off treatments will have a beneficial effect.
Although reflexology is a safe therapy during pregnancy, as with any other complementary therapy, if you have a high risk pregnancy or any concerns, you should ask your GP/midwife for consent before undergoing treatment.
Once your baby arrives it is easy to forget about your own health, but it is important to remember that all those changes you went through during the 9 months of pregnancy are once again changing. Physical, physiological and emotional changes will all be taking place and it is vital that you a little time focussing on your own wellbeing so that you can provide the support that your baby requires.
Additional stresses such as recovery from a difficult labour, birth with intervention or caesarean delivery and even breastfeeding all have an effect on your wellbeing and reflexology may be able to assist with helping to support you during this time.
Reflexology for Women’s Health
Reflexology is a popular complementary therapy used to support many female conditions and also to help you through certain stages of your life such as pregnancy and menopause.
Many women find reflexology to help with women’s health issues such as:
- Painful, heavy or irregular periods
- Hormonal imbalances
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- Pregnancy and Postnatal health
- Perimenopause and Menopause symptoms
It can also aid relaxation, improved sleep, better focus and concentration and increased energy and vitality.
A course of treatments is ideally recommended to return the body to balance: 4 x weekly sessions followed by 2 x fortnightly sessions and monthly sessions thereafter if required, but if this is not feasible for you, timings can always be adapted.
Reflexology for Babies
Working with mothers and babies is such a special and privileged experience. It is a time to bond with your baby and provide caring and nurturing touch to them. Sessions are short, informal and will be led by how your baby is feeling on the day, so no need to worry about crying, nappy changes or feeding as this is all taken into account during your session.
If your baby is suffering with any of the following conditions, you may find reflexology beneficial:
- Colic and fretfulness
- Poor sleep routines
- Constipation/mild diarrhoea
- Eczema, Psoriasis, Cradle Cap
- Coughs and Colds
Because sessions are generally quite short (between 5-15 minutes depending on age, a lovely way to experience reflexology, especially with younger babies, is a mother and baby reflexology session where you will both receive a treatment. Mum can even hold baby during her session or have baby next to her if asleep. After your session I also give advice on techniques that you can also try with your baby.
You may prefer to have a home visit which may be more relaxing (and convenient) for mum and baby. Home visits are available within a 5 mile radius of Ruislip at an addtional cost of £5.