Reflexology is a popular complementary therapy. It is relaxing, soothing and many find it excellent for relieving stress, aiding sleep, increasing energy levels and bringing about a general sense of wellbeing.
Our entire body is mirrored by reflexes on our feet, hands, face and even our ears. Reflexologists often work on the feet as it is easy to work on specific reflexes there, they are also one of the most neglected parts of our body!
Reflexologist – Katie Bailey
Katie has a strong interest in Reflexology, particularly relating to fertility and pregnancy. Katie has undertaken further training in Maternity and Conception Reflexology with Sally Earlam in London.
Katie has also trained in the Manzanares Method™ Of Reflexology with Jesus Manzanares, M.D, in Cancer & Palliative Care with David Wayte of Jubilee College and in Facial Reflexology with Ziggie Bergman, senior tutor at the London School of Reflexology. She has also attended further training in subjects such as Foot Tapping and Foot Reading.
Katie is also a Baby Reflex Practitioner, a Reiki Master Practitioner/Teacher and qualified in Indian Head Massage and Hopi Ear Therapy.
Reflexology treatment Options
1 hour Reflexology treatment
Your Reflexologist will use a number of different techniques to apply pressure to specific areas on your feet, as this is believed to stimulate our body’s own natural healing processes.
Although many people enjoy better health through having regular Reflexology treatments, it is important to understand that any healing is performed by your own body. Through relaxation and stimulation of the reflexes, Reflexology can facilitate healing, but it is your own body that does the work!
Reflexology is non-invasive and as it is a holistic therapy, it aims to treat the whole person. Not just on a physical level, but also on emotional and spiritual levels too.
What happens during a Reflexology treatment?
You will remain fully clothed during your Reflexology treatment and only be asked to remove your footwear and roll your trousers up a little. You’ll be made comfortable on one of our massage couches and all you will need to do then is sit back and relax!
Your therapist will use specific reflexology massage techniques to stimulate the reflex points on the feet. The pressure used is quite firm, so Reflexology should not tickle. However, there can be subtle variances in some reflex points and these can be a little tender or sore when stimulated. Tenderness in certain areas can suggest an imbalance, or blockage in that corresponding area of the body. Any tenderness or soreness in your reflexes will usually subside while the area is being worked on.
How long will a Reflexology treatment last?
A full Reflexology session typically lasts around 50 minutes to an hour. First sessions can be longer because your Reflexologist will need to carry out a consultation with you to ensure that Reflexology is a suitable treatment for you.
Will Reflexology tickle?
Even if you are normally ticklish, you should still be able to enjoy a Reflexology treatment because the pressure used is quite firm and should not tickle. The pressure your Reflexologist uses can also be adapted to suit your personal preference too.
Can everyone have Reflexology?
There are some medical conditions which mean that Reflexology cannot be performed, these include acute heart conditions, recent operations, and contagious diseases, amongst others. In the case of some medical conditions your Reflexologist will require confirmation that your GP or consultant has no objection to you receiving a Reflexology treatment. Therefore, if you have any illnesses or medical conditions please let us know at the time of booking. And if you’re not sure please telephone or email us, even if we can’t provide Reflexology we may be able to recommend other therapies that could help you.
How often should I have Reflexology?
This will depend on you. There are no hard and fast rules that says how often anyone should have complementary therapies. If you have the time, budget and the desire you can have Reflexology as often as you like.
If you have a specific issue it is best to have a course of treatments closer together, for example 4 weekly treatments and then continued treatments spaced further apart as you begin to feel the benefit. Of course, the ultimate decision as to how many treatments you have lies with you, your Reflexologist can only guide you. Everyone is different and you are the best judge as to how often you should receive treatments.
How will I feel after a Reflexology treatment?
Some people feel calm, relaxed, even energised after a Reflexology treatment. For others, especially those with a lot of toxins and impurities in their bodies, it is normal to experience a number of other reactions. These reactions are a completely normal part of the healing process and should pass in 12-24 hours. They can include feeling thirsty, heightened emotions, cold like symptoms, headaches, increased urination and temporary worsening of symptoms, but please do not be put off by this. Healing reactions are a good sign as they mean the Reflexology is helping and the more treatments you receive the less likely they are to occur.
While Reflexology is a therapy suitable for many people it is complementary to traditional medicine and should never be used in place of care from your primary healthcare providers. Complementary therapies are not a substitute for medical care. If you have, or suspect you have a health problem then you should always consult your GP.
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