I'm Jane keogh and I have a level 5 diploma in Reflexology. I absolutely love working on people's feet and hope that I can interest you in trying it for yourself.
Book a therapy session with me to experience wonderful, comforting and balancing foot reflexology!
What is Reflexology?
Theories and history of reflexology
Reflexology is based on the theory that reflex points on the feet correspond to different areas of the body and that pressure to these points affects changes in the body.
It is thought that early forms of Reflexology were practised in China, India and Egypt as far back as 5000 years ago.
Reflexology began to develop in Europe, and then the USA, in the 16th century.
In the USA, Eunice Ingham trained Doreen Bayley, who then brought Reflexology to England in 1966.
The benefits and how it works
The Reflexologist aims to help restore the body to it's natural state of balance in order to promote good health.
It is thought to be able to relieve anxiety and tension, reduce stress, encourage relaxation, improve mood and energy levels and to promote circulation and the movement of lymph in the whole body.
A Reflexologist aims to encourage the free flow of energy, and circulation in the body. This will encourage the body's systems to function at optimum levels, resulting in good health.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy, designed to work alongside
any necessary traditional medicine.
Reflexology can help with ;
people who are coping with chronic pain/illness
low energy levels
aches and pains
chronic skin conditions
to encourage general relaxation
alleviate digestive disorders
reduce muscle tension
recovery from injury/illness
coping with grief
encourage general relaxation
Contraindications to having Reflexology;
-imminent medical procedures
-peripheral neuropathy ( numbness )
-high/low blood pressure
What happens during a foot-reflexology treatment?
First of all a short consultation form will be filled in with the client, to ensure it is safe to proceed with treatment and to provide relevant background information.
The client will remove socks and shoes and then be seated in a comfortable reclining chair for the treatment.
Both feet will be cleansed and a warm up foot massage will be given. The Reflexologist will then deliver the treatment of the feet. This involves various techniques using the thumbs, fingers and hands, to access all the reflex areas on the soles, tops and sides of the feet, including the toes. It is a firm and pleasant treatment and is not ticklish or painful.
The treatment will end with a soothing and calming massage of the feet and lower legs.
Aftercare advice and information will be given. A standard treatment will take around one hour.
POSSIBLE HEALING REACTIONS ;
After an initial Reflexology treatment, because the body has been stimulated to release toxins that were stored in the organs and tissues, a "healing reaction" can occur. This is usually a mild reaction, but can be uncomfortable. Symptoms can include; frequent urination, mild headache or nausea, aches and pains, skin rashes or spots, low mood or feeling over emotional, extreme tiredness, heavy sleep, restless sleep and bowel movements with a darker than usual colour. Also, sweat or urine may have more odour than usual. If you experience any severe symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhoea, or feeling very unwell, it is recommended that you seek medical advice
Four easy steps to health
1. Keep well hydrated
Our bodies need plenty of water to function properly, and being even just a little dehydrated puts it under pressure. Have at least 8 glasses a day whenever you can .
3. Keep your body moving
Movement of any kind ( walking, dancing, running etc ) keeps the blood, and therefore oxygen, circulating efficiently around the body. This can help increase energy levels and supports all our body systems.
2. Include lots of vegetables in your diet
Vegetables provide us with vitamins, minerals and fibre.. They encourage good bacteria in the digestive system to flourish.
4. Have plenty of rest and sleep
Sleep is vital to health and happiness, so do what you can to organise your routines with this in mind.