Reflexology is a holistic treatment and involves applying pressure to and massaging certain areas of the feet. Its aim is to encourage healing and relieve stress and tension. This approach is based on the principle that certain areas of the feet - called reflexes - are linked to other areas of the body through the nervous system.
How does Reflexology work?
The arrangement of the reflexes has a direct relationship to the area of the body they affect. For example, the right side of the foot is linked to the right side of the body, and the big toe corresponds to the head for example.
Reflexology aims to holistically restore balance to the body. This is done by applying pressure to certain points of the feet.
In a session, I will apply pressure to certain reflexes to stimulate points. The aim is to encourage and increase energy flow and send signals around your body, targeting areas of tension.
I don’t claim to prescribe, diagnose or cure. I aim to offer a tailored, alternate means of healing to address each individual’s specific needs.
Emotional and physical factors are taken into account if I think they might be affecting a person's well-being. I will pinpoint areas on the feet where I can apply pressure to stimulate healing energy. This energy flows through the body's energetic pathways to the targeted areas of the body.
How can Reflexology help?
Reflexology is a popular and versatile alternative therapy. Some of the most common uses of reflexology include:
- Stress reduction - Reflexology can help reduce the negative effects of stress
- Soothing tired feet - The techniques and special hand movements can help to ease tension and pain in the feet.
- Reducing pain - Research suggests that the therapy is an effective pain reliever.
- Improving circulation - Reflexology helps break down deposits in the bloodstream which can affect circulation.
- Enhancing overall well-being - Many people use the therapy on a regular basis to support a healthy body and mind
- Fertility and Gynaecological Issues (Reproflexology)
Many people also find reflexology helpful in reducing stress-related ailments, including:
- Tension headaches - The application of strokes over certain points on the foot by the big toe are thought to help ease tension and headaches
- Arthritis - Reflexologists may work on specific points on the feet to help with arthritis pain.
- Digestive disorders - Reflex points for the digestive system are located on the plantar surface of the feet. Reflexologists will focus on these areas to relieve digestive discomfort
- Insomnia - Reflexology can be soothing. The thumb and finger movements over certain reflexes help to target hormonal imbalances that can disrupt sleep.
- Back pain - Pressure on certain reflex points is thought to alleviate nerve problems in the back which can cause pain.
How long is a session?
A typical reflexology session lasts around 45 minutes to an hour and starts with a consultation about your health and lifestyle. I will discuss your medical history to establish any underlying health problems. I will also ask what you wish to gain from reflexology.
You will then be required to remove your shoes and socks before being seated comfortably with your feet in a warm water bowl, before being moved onto my comfortable massage couch.
I will carry out an initial examination of the feet before starting. I will start by warming up your feet by massaging from the toes to the heel according to your comfort. Firm thumb and hand movements will then be used to identify areas of tenderness or tension.
Reflexology is not painful, however certain areas of your feet may feel more tender than others. This will depend on what area of the body they correspond with. Sensitivity will vary from person to person, and I will adjust the amount of pressure applied accordingly.
After a session, your feet will feel warm and you should experience a general feeling of calm and relaxation. You may even feel sleepy.
The number of reflexology sessions you'll need will depend on the condition being treated and how acute or chronic it is.
I will be able to discuss this with you and devise a treatment plan.
You may experience the relaxing effects of reflexology after just one session. It may take longer to notice benefits in other parts of the body.
Many people find that their sleeping and moods improve over the course of a few sessions. This will, however, differ between individuals.
During the treatment, many people feel so relaxed and have actually fallen asleep many times, and some almost feel they are floating or in a trance-like state. They feel completely at ease with themselves and their surroundings. It allows them to accept the symptoms they struggle with, acknowledge why they are there, but also trust that their body will eventually heal itself.
I ask that patients please turn off their mobile phones during sessions, and go to the toilet beforehand if needed, so that they can fully relax.
Is Reflexology the same as a foot massage?
Although reflexology therapy involves massage techniques, it is not specifically a massage therapy. Foot massage is similar to Swedish massage. This involves the use of massage oil or lotion, which a massage therapist will apply to the foot using a combination of gliding strokes. The aim is to work on soft tissue to promote healing. Massage is a direct modality.
Reflexology, on the other hand, is a systematic therapy. It involves the stimulation of specific reflex points on the feet and hands. These correspond to other parts of the body. A reflexologist will use their knowledge of the reflexology map to guide their hand movements. Reflexology is therefore considered an indirect modality.
Is Reflexology suitable for ticklish people?
Some people worry they're too ticklish for this therapy, especially as feet can be quite sensitive. This is not the case. I will hold your feet in a firm, confident manner, knowing the right amount of pressure to apply. It is an extremely relaxing technique. Reflexology involves deep, concise hand movements, thumb hooking and pin-pointing techniques. It is not designed to feel ticklish.
Is Reflexology suitable for everyone?
As it is a non-invasive complementary therapy, reflexology is suitable for anyone, of any age. It is however recommended that women avoid the treatment within the first three months of pregnancy. There is specific maternity reflexology therapy available for those who wish to continue the therapy while pregnant. Reflexology works for around 80% of the population
Can Reflexologists diagnose?
Reflexology is not medical, therefore a reflexologist cannot diagnose conditions or problems. The therapy works with the holistic principle that the body functions in a natural way. Imbalances within the body lead to ailments and physical problems. A reflexologist will look to restore the body's natural rhythm and thus restore its ability to heal.
Is Reflexology painful?
Reflexology treatment is not designed to be painful - it’s meant to induce deep relaxation. There maybe however, reflexes that are more tender than others. According to the discipline, this is due to congestion in the energetic pathway in the body. Once treated, the blockages are removed, enabling the energy to resume its natural flow.
How often should you have Reflexology?
If you seek reflexology to help with a specific condition and want to feel the full benefits of the treatment, then a course of regular sessions is advised. You will receive a treatment plan after your first session if you do want to continue. Your health, age and what you're struggling with are all taken into consideration.
To gain the full benefits of reflexology, it is recommended to carry out the following advice 24 hours post-treatment:
- Drink lots of water. This will hydrate the body, improve energy levels and flush out toxins.
- Avoid strenuous exercise and rest for at least two hours after the treatment.
- Avoid stimulants such as alcohol, tea and coffee 24hrs before and after the treatment. These can diminish the effectiveness of the treatment.
- Stick to light, nutritious foods after to help your body to heal.
- Note down any reactions you have for your next session.
Do you have insurance? yes I am insured with the FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) , and I am a member of the International Institute of Health and Holistic Therapists, in which I agree to adhere to a specific code of ethics and where continued professional development (CPD) is also a requirement of membership
All courses must be paid for in full at the start of treatment.
Is the service you offer mobile? Unfortunately I do not offer this service - I only carry out treatments in my salon
Can I claim cash back?
Are you in a Cashback Plan such as Bupa, Medicash or Healthshield?Some of the therapies I offer are covered under their schemes so you can claim back the cost of treatment. Check your policy to see what you are covered for!
Health Cashback schemes only allow claims for treatment provided by therapists with particular qualifications and professional memberships.
My qualifications are recognised by health care schemes.
I am on the professional standards register which guarantees that I am insured and qualified.
Take a look at your policy to see which treatments it covers
My VTCT level 3 Diploma Qualifications
Aromatherapy (2003), Reflexology (2002), Indian Head Massage (2003)
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Please Phone 01253 820290 or message 07986 884348
Sharon Turner Davies M.F.H.T.,i.i.h.h.t., V.T.C.T.
6 Raikes Road