Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary health therapy that can be effective in promoting deep relaxation and wellbeing; by reducing stress in people’s lives can be key in optimising good health and building resilience.
It is a touch therapy that is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body and reflexologists work these points and areas.
However reflexology is viewed, there can be no doubt that what it does provide is a period of time for relaxation where the client has one to one attention and supportive touch in an empathetic listening environment.
Reflexology can be used safely alongside standard healthcare to promote better health for their clients
What is Reflexology?
The theory of reflexology is that all the systems and organs of the whole body are mirrored or reflected in smaller peripheral areas, for example the feet, hands, ears and face. The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually, after a treatment your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving. You may also find that other aspects improve too; however, this happens on an individual basis.
There have been some positive research projects carried out with reflexology; however, as yet, there is not a large enough body of evidence for us to make clinical claims of effectiveness.
With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to take more responsibility for their own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life
What happens when I go for a treatment?
Jo will take your full medical history will be requested on your first treatment, and you will be asked to sign a consent form for treatment. This information will be kept confidential. Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive; depending on the type of reflexology, the most clothing that will have to be removed for a treatment to take place will be your socks and shoes.
Jo will use her hands to apply pressure to the feet, lower leg, hands, ears or face, depending on the type of reflexology chosen. You may feel areas of transient discomfort during the treatment, but generally the experience should be relaxing
You will gain the most out of Reflexology if you come consistently
How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?
It is useful to give feedback to the reflexologist as this may show the response of your body to treatment. This in turn might help the reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs. After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way.
Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; however, sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is usually transitory and reflexologists believe that it is part of the healing process.
I have been living with secondary breast cancer for over 10 years now. At the moment I am on weekly chemotherapy and suffer with lots of side effects.
I had always been interested in trying reflexology, having had acupuncture in the past, and came across Jo.
I have been seeing her on a regular basis now for around 6 months for reflexology and acupuncture. The sessions have helped me immensely. I always feel very relaxed during and after. The reflexology and acupuncture have helped with various side effects and made me more able to manage things between sessions. Jo always tailors things to how I’m feeling on the day, for example to re energise me or help me get a better nights sleep, to help with anxiety and various pains and has also helped with my lymphodema. I always leave with a greater sense of well-being and would recommend Jo to anyone.
Other Reflexology Services:
Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping)
An evidence-based self-help therapeutic tool with many studies demonstrating its efficacy. It uses simple “tapping techniques” on acupuncture points on the head, face and upper body to release the body from an emotion, this in turn releases your mind and enables you to feel free again. ETF tapping is used by Jo as part of Fertility and Women’s Health Issues but can also be a stand alone treatment for clients
Therapeutic massage is a treatment that works the soft tissues and muscles to help restore health. Jo offers a Neck , Back and shoulder massage , an Indian Head massage and Hot stones massage. They are very calming and have a balancing effect on the nervous system. These massages are commonly used to treat stress and anxiety, muscle tension and pain
Indian Head Massage
Indian head massage is great for releasing stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders. It is especially good for relieving stress, tension, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis. The experience is deeply calming and leaves you feeling energised, revitalised and better able to concentrate