What can Reflexology help with?
What can Reflexolgy help with?
Reflexology is a luxurious massage treatment for the feet, a Complimentary Therapy used to relieve many illnesses. It is said to provide natural relief from many everyday health conditions through its ability to relax mental and physical tension in the body, improve circulation and nerve supply, boost the immune system, encourage the elimination of toxins, and restore a sense of harmony to the body. Here are just some of the illnesses reflexology can help with:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Back Pain
- Skin Problems
- Menopause Symptoms
- Bladder Problems
- Period Pain
- Poor digestion
- Slow metabolism
- Pain relief from Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis
What will my Reflexology session consist of?
Your Reflexology treatment will be approximately 1 hour and 10 min, it will begin with a detailed consultation about your general health, medication, and any problems you may have that you would like help with. We will give your little feet a hot bubbly foot soak to warm them up and aid circulation. You will then get yourself comfortable on our deluxe electric beauty bed, you have the choice of either laying down or sitting up. Next we apply a warm soothing balm containing essential oils, to help you relax and unwind, then we massage and begin your reflexology treatment. Reflexology wont hurt and it wont tickle, most clients report it to be the most heavenly relaxing treatment they have ever had. Very often we neglect our feet and its about time they got a little respect!
So don’t delay, get yourself booked in, evening appointments are available upon request
1 hour Reflexology full Treatment – £30
Menopause and Reflexology
At menopause reflexology works by regulating the hormones and glandular functions of the body. It can help to alleviate and balance both the physical and emotional systems. By working with the hypothalamus and pituitary, reflexology can help to restore balance to the endocrine system. This in turn can alleviate menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and anxiety.
By calming the central nervous system, sleep disturbances can also be alleviated and anxiety and stress levels reduced. By regulating calcium and phosphorous levels in the thyroid gland, bone loss can prevented. Reflexology also helps the ovaries to regulate their oestrogen secretions and the uterus to maintain its natural health and flexibility.
Research carried out at the UK School of Complementary Health in Exeter indicates a marked decrease in anxiety, depression, insomnia, hot flushes and night sweats among menopausal women who received regular reflexology over a 4 month period.
Reflexology for Depression
A Reflexologist will focus on specific points when alleviating depression. Within the body there are glands that regulate our emotions and mental well-being. When someone is suffering with depression, these glands do not function correctly and cause instability. The glands that a reflexologist will target to treat depression are the pituitary, thymus, pineal, thyroid and parathyroid.
Reflexology for depression will also focus on other associated reflex points. Points on the feet and hands that correspond to the heart, chest, solar plexus, lung and upper limbs will be massaged to help alleviate the symptoms of depression. Reflexology can also encourage the release of endorphins within the body. Endorphins are the ‘feel good’ chemicals that we naturally produce and are known for relieving stress (which can have a big impact on depression).
Reflexology for Skin Problems/Disorders
Reflexology has been used extensively to help a variety of skin disorders. The most common among them are eczema, psoriasis, acne, shingles, ringworm, erythema, seborrhea and dermatitis.
Most of these skin diseases are caused by a malfunction of internal organs. Reflexology will help in stimulating and improving the function of the organs.
Reflexology will increase the blood flow and circulation of oxygen in the body. It will also help in removing waste material from the body (detox) which will result in better skin. Itchy skin conditions are treated by stimulating the adrenal gland on the foot. Other skin conditions can be treated by providing a better blood circulation in the body and stimulation of other gland reflex points.
In recent studies Reflexology has shown to improve skin problems. By working on the foot reflex points such as Adrenal gland, Pituitary gland, Thyroid, Liver Point and Gall Bladder, people were able to notice great change in their skin within a few weeks.
Reflexology for Anxiety, Stress, Panic Attacks, and Insomnia
Reflexology induces deep relaxation, and promotes the start of retraining your body to learn to relax. By relaxing the entire body and mind and increasing circulation throughout the body, tension is released and you start to feel better physically and emotionally.
By learning to relax your body you are learning a new vital coping strategy in helping to deal with your anxiety and stress. Relaxation interrupts the cycle, usually started by stress – leading to anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia.
The added essential oils used in the treatment can have an uplifting, soothing or calming effect, depending on which oils are used.
To help with these problems I use Reflex and Acupressure points on the feet that are effective in treating stress, anxiety, palpitations, nervousness and insomnia.
Reflexology can help relieve symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Reflexology and gentle massage relaxes the ligaments and muscles of the foot and calf, increasing circulation and flexibility. This reduces the pain and inflammation caused by plantar fasciitis. If the area is very painful it has to be taken slowly. Most clients notice an improvement after just one treatment.
Reflexology is known to help with fertility, massaging the reflex points in your feet detoxes, increases blood circulation, flow and oxygen to your organs which helps improve healthy function of all your organs, glands and balances the production of hormones necessary for conception.
Reflexology is fab during pregnancy. You can start having reflexology after your first trimester, providing there are no complications. It’s perfect for relaxation, de stress, soothes aches and pains and helps with labour pain management. There are reflex points on the feet that are said to help with natural induction of labour that can be used after your due date.
Reflexology is becoming very popular in Pregnancy and labour, with an increase of midwives training in this…..it says it all.
Reflexology detoxes your body
Recurrent illness and chronic diseases like joint pain and arthritis are often the cause of toxic overload in the body. Excessive dependence on junk and processed foods, pollution and food additives increases the level of toxins in the body and hinders the proper functions of the organs leading to pains, aches, fever and tiredness by lowering the body’s defense mechanism.
Detoxification can be done by drinking plenty of water, fasting, making dietary changes. But one of the best and long lasting ways of detoxification is thought reflexology. The benefits of reflexology are innumerable and it helps in flushing out toxins from the body by stimulating flow through the important organs involved in detoxification – liver, kidney, colon, lungs and skin.
Reflexology for Back Pain
Any pain, tenderness or discomfort in the spinal area is known as ‘back pain’. The Spinal cord is the most sensitive and essential joint that stretches down from the medulla oblongata.
The individual bones of the spinal cord are known as vertebrae. When they are hurt or positioned in an improper manner, this causes discomfort. We tend to feel pain in our back due to injuries, abnormalities, stress, pressure, muscle tension, improper standing or sitting position. Whether the pain is acute or chronic there is a treatment for it. Backaches need to be treated carefully. Reflexology has unique techniques to rid you from backaches.
People today are searching for alternative treatments and complimentary therapies to help them with back pain as apposed to taking the usual medications prescribed, and GP’s will more than often support the patients in seeking out alternatives.
Reflexology is reported as being successful and is becoming increasingly popular among today’s sufferers.
Reflexology for Sciatica
Sciatica can be a very painful and debilitating condition, but luckily there may be a natural way to overcome it. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in our body. It runs from the lower back through the hip and along our leg to our heel. When the nerve is pinched it causes pain. In some cases of sciatica this is caused by a herniated or slipped disc that rubs against the nerve, but in many cases it is caused by a tight piriformis muscle in your buttox.
Sciatica can be felt as a mild leg cramp or can be excruciating pain radiating from the back down the leg. The pain can come on suddenly or gradually get worse. Many people don’t even realize they have sciatica. Many women experience sciatica for the first time during pregnancy.
The difficulty with sciatica and backache in general, is that when we are in pain, it causes us to contract our muscles. Contracted muscles, cause more pain, which in turn causes our muscles to contract more. We end up in a vicious circle of pain and contraction which just doesn’t seem to end.
This is where Reflexology can be so important. Reflexology, by inducing deep relaxation, can stop this cycle, even if only for a short time. Sometimes relaxing the body can be the most important step to relieving sciatica.
Reflexology is a therapy that aims to bring balance to all the systems of the body. Nerve pain is very draining both physically and emotionally. With sciatica it can be almost impossible to get comfortable with many people finding it very difficult to sit or lie down and only feeling a certain relief while they are standing or moving around which is exhausting in itself.
Reflexology aims to benefit the person’s nervous system by promoting deep relaxation and reducing stress levels.
Treating various reflex points on your feet will calm the nerves, promote your bodies own natural anti-inflammitories, help spinal flexibility, and help ease the pain from sciatica.