Sunday, 10 June 2018

New Leaflets

My new leaflets arrived in the post this weekend.  
They're packed full of information about Reflexology.
Let me know if you'd like a copy or know somewhere that would display them for me.

Thank you, Andrea 

Friday, 4 May 2018

What happens during your treatment?

The clue is in the "Clinical" and you're not here for just a foot massage, though you should feel very relaxed following the treatment. The medical definition of Clinical means 'involving or relating to the direct medical treatment of patients". The image below gives you the definition of Clinical Reflexology. 
Therefore, your treatment will be very interactive as I will need to know if you have any tender areas on your feet. These tender areas relate to the corresponding part of your body and will be the areas of past and present medical conditions. I have discovered your feet will tell me a great deal about your health and wellbeing. Initially, I will follow a general treatment plan that covers the entire foot but following that, I will concentrate on specific "areas of emphasis" which generally relate to a condition or illness. Clinical Reflexology does not "cure", but it induces relexation, improves circulation and encourages your body's self-healing systems. 

Thursday, 3 May 2018

What happens at the start of your Reflexology Treatment?

You will be seated in an appropriately comfy chair with your feet on a footstool with a couple of hot water bottles to keep them nice and warm. I will "greet your feet" with a firm reassuring hold while I tell you what to expect during your treatment. I will apply a small amount of lotion and I will treat your feet so some "relaxers“. This is like a warm up, during this time I am looking to see if you have any areas of concern, specific points of interest, flexibility and stiffness. You should start to feel relaxed and then I will begin your treatment. 

Monday, 23 April 2018

What Happens At Your Reflexology Consultation?

Well, first of all I hope to make you feel relaxed and welcome. I can make you a cup of tea if that helps. 

You will need to complete a form listing your medical history and current medications and we will both sign it. You sign it to confirm that the information is correct to the best of your knowledge and to give me permission to work on your feet. I sign it so that you know that everything you tl me is in strictest confidence. 

I need to know your medical history and medication in order to access whether you don't have any contraindications or whether I need to make any adaptions to your treatment. 

I spend time making sure that you understand what the treatment consists of and that you are comfortable. 

Look out for my next post about what happens during your treatment. 

Please feel free to email any questions and I will do my best to answer them. 

Thursday, 19 April 2018

A Little Bit of Reflexology History...

Dr William Fitzgerald introduced the theory and practice of Zone Therapy in the 1900’s. He found that applying pressure in one area caused an anaesthetic effect in a corresponding area. Fitzgerald systemised the body into 10 equal longitudinal zones from fingers to toes to head. Ten, corresponding to numbers of fingers and toes. Left thumb being in the same zone as the left big toe. The basis of the theory is that direct pressure applied to any part of the zone will affect the whole zone.

Eunice Ingham refined Zone Therapy into Reflexology in the early 1930’s, pinpointing feet as a target due to their sensitive nature. She developed a map of the entire body onto the feet.  Using alternating pressure, not constant direct pressure, she monitored the effects. She found them not only to be pain-reducing but therapeutic in addition.  

Reflexology was popularised in her book in 1938: “Stories The Feet Can Tell Thru’ Reflexology”.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

The Origins of Reflexology

There is evidence to suggest that reflexology may have been practiced in Ancient Cultures 
as in this depiction of hand and foot massage from the tomb of Ankhmanthor in Egypt 
and in China 5000 years ago.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Reflexology & Chronic Low Back Pain

The effects of reflexology on chronic low back pain intensity in nurses employed in hospitals affiliated with Isfahan University of Medical Sciences  Click on the link to find out more