For those of you who have not experienced reflexology before, here is further information. You can also visit the Association for Reflexology website for even more information.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy that considers the whole person - body, mind, spirit, and emotions. It is non intrusive and is based on the theory that different points on the feet and hands correspond with different areas of the body. It is a complimentary therapy which means that it can compliment the work of ordinary medicine.
The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. After a treatment you might feel relaxed and more chilled. You might sleep better and feel lighter. Any responses are individual, but I have yet to meet someone who does not feel more relaxed after a session.
Research has shown that stress is a major factor in everyday modern life and I wholeheartedly believe that we need to learn how to reduce our stress and make more time to relax. Reflexology may be one way to help as it is a wonderfully relaxing therapy and can help manage stress and overwhelm. You will have time to relax, have “you” time, forget your daily stresses and have the space to work out solutions to manage your well being.
So what does a typical session of Reflexology at Gentle Changes consist of?
When you come into my therapy room I shall ask you to remove your shoes and socks and sit in my relaxing reflexology chair. At the first meeting I will take a full medical history so that I can formulate an individual treatment plan and then the therapy begins. I will massage your feet and your relaxation starts to build.
Once the massage is completed I will then work the reflexology points, which will highlight any areas of tension or tenderness in your feet. This will usually correspond to areas of physical tension in the body. It can be pretty amazing to realise that discomfort in your big toe suggests to me that you have a sore neck! The session will end with more foot massage and by this time you will be nicely relaxed and then you will be allowed time to come back to reality!
What will it feel like?
Within a short while you will start to feel relaxed and this will continue throughout the treatment. Its OK to fall asleep or chat - its up to you.
There may be times when you feel some discomfort in your feet, but this is not usually too painful and can be adjusted to a level that you can manage. Any discomfort is usually short lived and will show me possible issues taking place within your body.
Who is it good for?
Anyone can have a reflexology treatment – young and old. The treatment will be tailored to your individual needs.
What can it help?
Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. As stated above it is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your well being.
Some people find it works for them - some don't. The best way to find out is to try it!
How long does it last?
A reflexology session will last between 1 to 1.5 hours. How often you have your feet done depends on your circumstances. Some people have weekly sessions, some monthly. We can work this out between us.
How much does it cost?
Each reflexology session costs £35 (1hr - 1.5hr)