Reflexology Can Help You

Reflexology is known to aid relaxation, release tension, and improve sleep leading to improved mood, lower stress levels and a greater sense of wellbeing. Many symptoms of illnesses or conditions are made worse by increased stress levels. Therefore, reducing stress levels with reflexology treatments can lead to clients feeling better able to cope with their symptoms and symptoms indirectly improving due to lowered stress levels.

I support clients who are living with a range of different complaints including:

Anxiety & Depression

Stress & Overwhelm

Hormone Imbalances

PMS, PMT and irregular cycles

Digestive Issues such as IBS

Headaches & Migraines

Muscular & Skeletal aches & pains

Insomnia & Sleep issues

Fertility & Pregnancy Issues

Peri-menopause & Menopause


Reflexology can promote feelings of:

Relaxation

Calm

Contentment

Reduced Stress & Anxiety

Physical & Emotional Balance

Better Digestive, Immune & Lymphatic function

Reduced Pain Levels

Improved Sleep

Improved Circulation

Greater sense of wellbeing



What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a natural therapy founded on the belief that your feet, face and hands are a reflection of the systems in your body - where specific areas correspond to organs, glands and structure. By applying gentle pressure to areas of the feet or hands a Reflexologist can help the body restore its own healthy balance.


Reflexology aims to treat the individual as a whole, creating a state of harmony in both body and mind. It has the benefit of being a deeply relaxing therapy, and during periods of relaxation the body takes the opportunity to heal, restore and energise itself.


Reflexology is suitable for all ages, from baby to adult, and can be especially helpful for long-term and recurring conditions. Reflexology is a complementary therapy and should therefore not be used as an alternative to conventional medicine.

What To Expect at Your Duopody Reflexology Treatment

Duopody reflexology is a unique treatment where both feet are treated simultaneously. This differs from the traditional Ingham method of reflexology where each foot is treated separately.

At your first appointment, we will sit down together and discuss your current health, any symptoms or issues you are experiencing, what your health and wellness goals are and your current lifestyle. After consultation, we will get you comfortable on the treatment couch. I will gently cleanse your feet with hot towels before applying a reflexology balm.

I start the treatment with some relaxation techniques to help you unwind. I use pressure to stimulate reflex points on the feet, working through each of the 12 body systems. Working through the body systems in this way enables me to tailor treatments to your individual needs and focus on areas that are of most concern to you.

In addition to the Duopody treatment, a variety of other techniques can also be used including; NEPIP (a specific treatment for Stress); ART (Advanced Reflexology Techniques); CALM technique; Chakra balancing and the traditional Ingham method of reflexology. Specific Treatments are also available for fertility, maternity and post-natal clients.

The treatment usually feels incredibly relaxing, although there can be some occasional sore spots, generally it feels like a massage, but with a purpose.


At the end of the treatment, I cleanse your feet with hot towels to remove any balm residue and then share my findings with you and recommend frequency of future treatments. I may also give you some aftercare recommendations, such as specific reflex points that you can work on at home on your hands or feet or some guidance on lifestyle changes you may benefit from.

My aim is for you to leave experiencing a sense of inner calm, feeling relaxed and ready to face the world with a greater sense of wellbeing.

After your first treatment, I follow up with you by email to see how you are feeling and whether you have noticed any responses to treatment, which vary from person to person. Treatment responses can include feeling floaty and relaxed, calm and balanced, needing to use the toilet more frequently (as your body releases toxins from your system) an improvement in symptoms being experienced. It is also possible, but less common, to experience a mild headache or to feel a bit emotional, or a short term worsening of symptoms before then feeling better. Any treatment response is good as this demonstrates that your body has reacted to treatment and that reflexology is a good therapy for you.


Client REVIEWS

How Does Reflexology Work?

There are several theories behind how and why reflexology works. Here are just a few:


Relaxation

Reflexology is a relaxing treatment to receive. So often we are living in our fight/flight/freeze stress response on a daily basis without even realising it. Reflexology can act as a trigger to remind your body to relax and return to your rest and digest mode. When we are in our stress response, our heart beat accelerates, our pupils dilate, our digestion is inhibited, our hormone production is inhibited, and our sweat glands are stimulated. It is very common during reflexology for clients to experience yawning, tummy rumbling, watery eyes and a general calmness as they return to their rest and digest mode, with clients often drifting in and out of sleep during treatment.


Touch

The nervous system uses both electrical and chemical energy and when we work on the feet signals are sent via the nerves to the relevant organ, body part or system. Touch therapies, such as reflexology, stimulate the release of oxytocin, which effects the nervous system and therefore the whole of the body. Oxytocin is one of our happy hormones and this being released during reflexology leads clients to feeling an increased sense of wellbeing. 


Pain Gate Control Theory

This is the theory that touch (or other non-painful stimuli) lessens pain by closing the gate to painful stimuli. An every day example of this is when a child falls over and hurts themselves, we immediately hold the area that is hurt. This interrupts the pain signals to the brain and so the experience of pain is reduced. By working on the feet a reflexologist is interrupting the pain signals to the brain and this is why clients often experience reduced pain following treatments.


Sensory Nerve Endings

We are stimulating sensory nerve endings in the feet during a reflexology treatment. This then effects the central nervous system which can in turn have an impact on the whole body. There are over 7,000 nerve endings in each foot!


Balance

Reflexology is a wonderful way of maintaining your body's healthy balance and general wellbeing, reducing the stresses and tensions that come with busy lifestyles and giving us a space to reflect on the mind as well as the body.

Relaxation

Reflexology can induce a deep state of relaxation, which improves the effectiveness of the treatment. Relaxing helps relieve tension and aids circulation, increasing the flow of nutrients, oxygen and energy to all parts of the body, helping with the removal of toxins.

Health

Reflexology can be particularly helpful in supporting clients with health conditions which are exacerbated by increased stress levels. Lowering stress levels through reflexology treatments can help clients to better cope with symptoms or indirectly improving symptoms as a result of reduced stress.

Client Aftercare Information

  • Drink plenty of water in the next 24 hours to aid the detoxifying process
  • Rest as much as possible after treatment to help the body heal itself.
  • Avoid stimulants over the next 24 hours such as tea, coffee and alcohol as these may interfere with detoxification. Also avoid eating a heavy meal for at least 1 hour after treatment
  • Some reactions are part of the healing process and a sign your body is eliminating toxins. It is normal for you to feel any of the following: Feeling calmer, rested, uplifted, energised. It is also normal to be thirsty, some clients experience a mild headache, feeling emotional, mild tiredness, needing to visit the toilet more frequently. It is possible to experience a worsening of symptoms, before they then improve.