Reflexology is a relaxing, non-intrusive, holistic therapy which aims to treat the person as a whole by stimulating your body’s own healing processes, boosting circulation and helping you return to a natural state of balance and well-being. It is formally recognised by the World Health Organisation as a complementary health care practice.
It works on the principle that all of the glands, organs and parts of the body are mirrored through nerve endings in reflex areas in the face, feet and hands. By stimulating these reflex points gently, the benefits are felt throughout the body. Reflexology is a gentle therapy and should not be uncomfortable or unpleasant. Occasionally there may be some areas that feel slightly tender when worked on indicating that a particular reflex area may be out of balance.
Reflexology can be used as part of a relaxation and preventative, holistic approach to achieving and maintaining good health. It also works well alongside conventional medical care such as during illness or palliative care. Reflexology is, however, in no way intended to replace conventional medicine and reflexologists do not diagnose, prescribe or cure.
What are the Origins of Reflexology?
There is evidence of some sort of foot and hand therapy being practised in Egypt and China over 5000 years’ ago. Modern day Western Reflexology is based on the work of American therapist, Eunice Ingham, who worked alongside Dr William Fitzgerald, to develop her Foot Reflexology theory in the early 1930s.
Who Can Have Reflexology?
Almost everyone can enjoy the benefits of reflexology, from young babies to the elderly.
You should not have reflexology if you are unwell with a fever, an infectious condition or if you are currently suffering with Deep Vein Thrombosis.
How Can Reflexology Help Me?
Reflexology can help support you through health conditions by offering:
- Increased relaxation
- Release of tension
- Improved sleep
- Improved mood
- Increased well-being
Some of the conditions which reflexology can help with:
- Stress-related conditions
- Emotional & mental well-being
- Sleep disorders
- Hormone imbalance
- Digestive disorders
- Respiratory conditions
- Sinus conditions
- General well-being
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Treatment plans are individually tailored to your needs.
Sometimes just having one session can make a difference. If, however, you have a chronic condition more treatments would be advisable. Most patients find a course of 5 or 6 sessions very beneficial, and then have top up sessions every 4-6 weeks to maintain their good health and well-being.
What Happens During Your First Session?
Your first session will last approximately 75 minutes.
At the beginning of your first session you will be asked to complete a consultation form detailing your current health, medical information and lifestyle choices. We will discuss any concerns you may have, and you may ask any questions you have so that the treatment sessions can be tailored to suit your needs. As per current GDPR legislation, everything discussed will be in the strictest confidence.
For your treatment you will either recline in a Lafuma Reflexology chair or on a therapy couch, with a blanket to keep you warm in the colder months. Relaxing music will be playing, and lighting will be dimmed to help you to relax.
It is recommended that you wear comfortable, loose clothing particularly for foot treatments as I often work on the lower legs as well as the feet.
After your treatment, you will be given a few minutes to rest and to have a glass of water; it is advisable to drink water after each Reflexology treatment to help you achieve maximum benefit from your treatment.
Alongside providing a wonderfully relaxing treatment, the session will also help you focus on your own health and lifestyle choices, and guide you in making a few, simple changes which will have a beneficial impact on your life.
At the end of the session, we will discuss a treatment plan which would suit your needs, time and budget.
Are There Any Side Effects Post Treatment?
Everyone responds to reflexology. Whilst one person may have an immediate response, others may not notice a response until after a few treatments. Most people report feeling a sense of well-being and feeling revitalised. Sometimes it is possible to feel sleepy, lethargic, have a headache or even feel slightly nauseous. This is nothing to worry about; it simply shows your body is responding to the treatment and has started its healing process.
Does Reflexology Tickle?
No, a firm pressure is applied to the reflexes on the feet throughout the treatment. If you prefer not to have your feet touched, then why not consider Facial Reflexology which not only has all the same benefits as reflexology on the feet but also has facial rejuvenating benefits.
I have healthcare cash plan. Can I claim for my treatment?
Yes. I am a member of the Association of Reflexologists (AoR) which is a community of professional therapists dedicated to excellence in Reflexology. This enables us to be recognised by the NHS and other private health care providers. If you have a private health care cash plan or your employer provides you with a company health care plan you may be able to reclaim the cost of your treatments. Please check your individual policy for further details.
BERGMAN METHOD FACIAL REFLEXOLOGY
This method of Facial Reflexology was developed by award-winning Reflexologist, Ziggie Bergman. It is a non-invasive, natural complementary therapy based on the same principles as Foot Reflexology. It provides the same therapeutic benefits as regular Reflexology but with some wonderful added benefits.
What Are The Benefits of Facial Reflexology?
Facial Reflexology is wonderful and unique. It has all the health benefits of other reflexology treatments but also has additional beauty benefits.
Due to the face’s proximity to the brain and central nervous system, Facial Reflexology can have a very powerful impact on the body’s systems and will leave you feeling deeply relaxed. By very gently working on reflex points on the face, Facial Reflexology has the following health benefits:
- Relieves the effects of stress & mental strain
- Induces a sense of calmness & well-being
- Helps to relieve congested sinuses
- Relaxes muscle tissue in the facial area, which can help relieve headaches, migraines, TMJ disorders, Bruxism & Bells Palsy
- Encourages lymphatic drainage & blood circulation
- Stimulates the body to eliminate toxins
- Can help acne
As for the beauty benefits, Facial Reflexology helps relax the facial muscles and improves skin tone & texture by increasing blood circulation to the face. Although not classed as a facial or beauty treatment, Facial Reflexology is a fabulous, natural way to achieve a radiant glow and healthier, younger looking skin. When we look good, we feel good so the resulting emotional benefits are a given.
What Happens During Your First Appointment?
As with Foot Reflexology, your initial appointment will include a free 15 minute consultation before your treatment during which time we will discuss your medical history and review your current health and lifestyle choices.
This is followed by a relaxing 45 minute treatment using Ziggie Bergman’s award-winning Zone Face Lift Elixir. The oil, which is Amethyst Crystal-infused, hydrates the skin and has been shown to reduce fine lines and help you look radiant. Its ingredients are a magical blend of sacred plants, inspired by Native American shamans and healers in New Mexico, which helps lift the spirit and smudges the aura leaving you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Bergman Method Facial Reflexology TM is a much gentler, slower treatment in comparison to Foot Reflexology but the therapeutic and visible benefits of this treatment speak for themselves.
Reflexology in Cancer Care
Living with a chronic illness such as cancer can have a huge physical and mental impact. Increased levels of stress, anxiety, fear, pain, nausea and worry can affect both the patient as well as their family, friends and carers. Although modern medicine can play a part in helping with these symptoms, research demonstrates that cancer patients, and their family, friends and carers, who receive reflexology show significant improvements in both physical and emotional symptoms of the cancer experience. Many people are, therefore, now turning complementary therapies, such as reflexology, to help them on their cancer journey.
It is a perfect alternative to traditional massage for those who prefer to avoid full-body touch. It is also ideal for those who are very sick, who can’t be moved during treatment or who can’t be touched in certain areas of the body as there is no undressing or re-positioning required.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer or are caring for somebody who is living with cancer, you could benefit from reflexology.
Reflexology cannot cure cancer and is in no way intended to replace conventional medical care. It is a complementary therapy which works holistically to enhance your health and well-being and can be used alongside conventional cancer treatment. It is advised that you inform your medical team if you would like to have reflexology treatments.
What Are The Benefits of Reflexology for Cancer Patients?
Reflexology can help:
- Provide gentle relaxation
- Improve circulation & immunity
- Improve quality of sleep
- Improve quality of life
- Improve mood
- Help cope better
- Offer a safe environment to express feelings
- Can help make chemotherapy treatment easier
- Improve peripheral neuropathy (numbness/pins & needles)
- Reduce nausea & vomiting
- Lessen anxiety, depression & stress
- Reduce pain
- Reduce fatigue
Why Have Private Reflexology Treatments?
It is wonderful that, nowadays, many hospitals, cancer centres and hospices offer free complementary therapies as part of their integrated cancer treatment service. There is, however, a lot to be said for having reflexology treatment elsewhere as it offers a safe sanctuary away from the treatment process. It also provides the opportunity for some ‘me time’ whilst on the hamster-wheel of medical appointments and hospital visits.
Mummy & Baby Reflexology
If you are reading this, then you have possibly recently given birth to a little bundle of joy (or you are about to) – Congratulations! Or maybe someone you know has just had a baby.
Motherhood is amazing but no one can deny that it is also emotionally and physically draining, and the thought of leaving the house can sometimes be rather daunting.
Whilst going out for a walk and getting a dose of Vitamin D and a change of scenery is very important for a healthy mind, the thought of ‘treating’ yourself to a reflexology treatment with a baby in tow is probably not high on your list of possible outings.
Don’t let logistics prevent you from reaping the benefits of postnatal reflexology. Relax and have a treatment in the comfort of your own home (High Wycombe & surrounding areas incl. Beaconsfield, Marlow, Amersham, Great Missenden & Little Chalfont). You can even feed your baby or have your baby sleep on you whilst you have the treatment. It’s the perfect excuse to spend an hour indulging in some deep relaxation!
A relaxed mum = a relaxed baby.
Reflexology is also a hugely beneficial treatment for babies so, as part of the package, I will give your baby a short reflexology treatment too.
What Are The Benefits of Postnatal Reflexology?
Postnatal reflexology can be highly beneficial for new mums. Alongside the general benefits of reflexology (see FAQs in REFLEXOLOGY section) it can also:
* Encourage breast milk production
* Re-balance hormones
* Boost the immune system following pregnancy and birth
* Relax the body & mind
* Help with anxiety/depression
* Help you regain self-confidence
Sometimes being a new mum can feel like quite an isolating experience so regular reflexology sessions also offer you a chance to express yourself, talk about your birth experience and how you’re feeling, or just see a friendly face every week.
How Soon After Birth Can You Have Reflexology?
Reflexology after birth can start as early as you like. Research has shown that reflexology can also be very beneficial in aiding healing post C-section.
What Are The Benefits of Baby Reflexology?
Baby reflexology is a perfect, non-invasive, natural way to help your baby from birth. The added benefit is that it can be done any time anywhere whilst you are holding baby; in the car, on a picnic, or waiting outside the school gates. Small feet are easy to treat!
Reflexology has the following benefits for your baby:
- Helps calm & soothe
- Reduces stress (particularly after a difficult birth)
- Aids sleep
- Eases symptoms of colic
- Promotes health & well-being
- Increases circulation thereby aiding development
How Old Should Your Baby Be?
Reflexology can be done from as early as birth. It is especially helpful directly after birth – whether it was a vaginal birth or a C-section − as it helps to expel any excess fluid or mucus that is sitting in your baby’s lungs.
If you had a particularly difficult birth and your baby is a little stressed, reflexology can help induce a sense of calm and help kick-start and support all those tiny organs in your baby’s body.