My work with Reflexology
My past and current reflexology clients have had treatments for a range of reasons and reflexology is widely used for stress, nervous tension, fatigue, fertility, pregnancy discomforts and helping to cope with cancer treatment.
I have trained to specialise in:
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As well as my mobile reflexology business in Leighton Buzzard, I am also the Penny Brohn reflexologist at Linford Wood Medical Centre every Thursday and until recently volunteered at the Cancer Care Unit at Stoke Mandeville were I offered reflexology treatments while patients received chemotherapy as well as to patients staying on the ward.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy that aims to encourage the body to relax and work naturally to restore its own balance. Reflexology is based on the belief that all parts of the body are reflected in the feet and hands and by applying gentle pressure to these areas, it is hoped to have an effect on the corresponding part of the body and thus restore balance.
It is believed to have a history that traces back 5,000 years to ancient Egypt, India and China. It was introduced to the West in 1913 as 'Zone Therapy' by Dr William Fitzgerald and further developed by Eunice Ingham in the 1930s.
How does Reflexology work?
Reflexologists believe that areas on the foot act as small 'mirrors' of the body's various organs and systems. By using pressure techniques minute granular areas can sometimes be felt in the foot. It is thought that these occur in the part of the foot that corresponds to the part of the body that is out of balance. The Reflexologist's pressure and massage techniques are focused on breaking down these granular areas. Many of my clients describe the feeling as one of 'popping bubble wrap'.
Alongside conventional medical care, Reflexology can help improve quality of life and bring comfort to clients living with certain chronic conditions. As well as aiding relaxation, Reflexology can help to relieve stress. While stress is not itself an illness, it can affect your overall health and well-being.
Symptoms of stress may include:
• headaches • muscle tension and pain • stomach problems • bowel or bladder problems • breathlessness • low mood • low self esteem • difficulty concentrating
NB: if you have any of the above symptoms, consult your GP to ensure these are not linked to an underlying medical condition.
What will happen at my reflexology treatment?
A normal mobile reflexology treatment lasts approximately one hour and 10 minutes including set up and consultation. The first visit includes a more in-depth consultation and you should generally allow about 1 hour and 20 minutes for this first treatment. There is no extra charge for this time, a first treatment costs the same as subsequent ones. You will be asked about your medical history and present conditions before the treatment begins. You will also be able to ask me any questions you may have.
Only your shoes and socks will need to be removed and you will be seated in my cosy reclining chair in order to raise your feet to my level to work on. The treatment will be given by applying a suitable medium to the feet, generally a massage cream, and massaging both feet and applying pressure to specific areas using the fingers and thumbs. The pressure used is firm but gentle and most people find it extremely pleasant. Reflexologists believe that any tender spots on the feet are an indication of an imbalance in the corresponding part of the body and so will be given further gentle attention during the treatment and the tenderness often eases during the treatment. While the treatment may return to those areas, a full treatment is always given as Reflexology is a holistic therapy which means that the whole person is treated, not just a condition.
At the end of the treatment your needs and future treatments will be discussed. Many people come for a course of weekly treatments (about 5). After that they often choose to come for monthly or even fortnightly treatments in order to maintain the benefits they have felt.
How will I feel during a reflexology treatment?
Different people react in different ways to treatment. Most people notice a sense of well being and feel deeply relaxed. You may feel more tired than usual, tearful or nauseous, experience a headache or have other mild, temporary symptoms. It is advisable to drink plenty of water after a treatment, avoid heavy meals and, if possible, to rest.
Reflexology Treatments - 45 mins - £35
Course of 5 reflexology treatments - £150