Not until you have tried reflexology can you imagine how a gentle, but specialised, foot massage can help you to feel so relaxed, grounded and completely balanced. By relaxing your feet your whole body, mind and emotions feel calmer; stress, anxiety and tension diminish and harmony is regained.
A gentle but firm massage technique is used on your feet which induces a feeling of calm and relaxation. Reflex points on your feet respond to different parts of your body, by massaging these reflex points all parts of your body will regain balance and equilibrium.
Releasing tension and improving circulation, reflexology treatments can offer amazing benefits to your health and well-being. For full details of Reflexology treatments offered, please go to the Book On-line page.
What is Reflexology
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy suitable for all ages.
Based on the theory that different points on the feet, hands and ears correspond with different areas of the body. In Foot Reflexology all the organs, endocrine glands and other systems of our body are laid out in the same arrangement on the feet as ‘reflections or reflexes’ of the body parts.
These reflexes are stimulated with gentle but precise massage techniques. This subtle stimulation encourages the mind and body to relax and incites healing by improving circulation, reducing stress and pain and restoring natural balance.
Historical texts and pictures have been found from both Ancient Egypt and China showing Reflexology being used as a medical tool, over 4,000 years ago.
Reflexology may be able to help in many ways including:-
Insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression
The balancing effects that reflexology produces can help with emotional and stress related problems. Sleep disturbances can leave us feeling exhausted and unable to cope, reflexology can help to balance out sleep patterns by regulating hormones and inducing a feeling of relaxation and serenity.
Anxiety, stress and depression are very common these days. We are often under huge pressure, whether it is pressure from time, money, family commitments, feelings of inadequacy or that we are not doing enough, worry about our children and loved ones. All these feelings take away our sense of peace and inner balance. Taking time out just for you, to re-charge your batteries, to help ground and re-balance you can help reduce the feeling of anxiety and stress and give you the strength to keep going.
Depression can be triggered by many factors; physical, mental and emotional. Reflexology may be able to help reduce the effects of depression by gently balancing your hormones and energy. It can help induce a sense of calm and grounding. Taking steps in looking after yourself and nuturing yourself has a very positive effect on your mind and emotions.
Female hormonal Imbalance
Our hormones have such a big effect on us. For women a vast amount of our life is often ruled by our hormones - puberty, pregnancy, pre-menstural tension, infertiity, menopause, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea - and these are just some of the problems caused by the female hormone imbalance; does not include other hormone imbalances such as adrenal fatigue, diabetes, thyroid disorders. Reflexology is a wonderful tool at helping to balance our endocrine (hormone) system. This can help alieviate many of the symptoms caused by hormone inbalance. This includes: -
There are so many changes that happen during pregnancy, physically, mentally, emotionally and hormonally, Reflexology can help alieviate many symptoms and side effects of being pregnant. These include symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety, tearfulness and worry. Aches and pains, such as back ache can really benefit from Reflexology, (although a combination treatment including massage maybe the best choice for this). Tiredness, exhaustion and insomnia can be relieved. Other symptoms such as pre-eclampsia, hypertension or other physical imbalance may be reduced, (please consult your doctor if you think you have the symptoms of pre-eclampsia or hypertension, in these cases Reflexology is an extra tool that may help). If you are worried the baby is going to be overdue, or that you may need to be induced then Reflexology can often help bring on the birth of the baby. One of my patients recently came to me for Reflexology as she was a week overdue and they wanted to induce her in a few days time. She had the Reflexology treatment in the morning and by the afternoon was in labour. This may not be the case for everyone, but it can be very useful in encouraging an overdue baby to come.
Infertility and difficulty conceving
The stress, anxiety and heartache that is often felt when having difficulty in falling pregnant, can be all encompassing. Because Reflexology is so wonderful at creating hormone balance, inducing relaxation and replenishing energy, it can be a really positive tool when you want to increase your chances of conception. To give yourself the best possible chance of falling pregnant I would recommend a holistic approach to your health. This would include looking at your diet to ensure you have the vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals for a healthy pregnancy and lowering your stress levels. I would also recommend trying Homeopathy. Homeopathic remedies can be very effective at increasing your fertility and ability to conceive.
High blood pressure, oedema, poor circulation.
Urinary tract problems
For problems such as cystitis and lack of bladder control.
May also help with the symptoms from many chronic conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, ME, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Fibromyalgia.