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REFLEXOLOGY IS A NATURAL THERAPY RESTORING BALANCE, STIMULATING THE HEALING PROCESS & GIVING A SENSE OF GENERAL WELL-BEING

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is an unintrusive, relaxing complementary therapy. Only the feet and lower ankles are worked on. Reflexology stimulates the body by reducing stress, accelerating the repair work and natural healing done by the body and boosts the immune system and balances the body. Reflexology encourages healing physically, mentally and emotionally.  Reflexology can begin to allow your body to initiate it’s own healing.

Reflexology works in a similar way to acupressure and acupuncture. Reflexologists believe there are certain points on the feet and hands. These points correspond to the organs and glands in the body. So by using gentle pressure on these points it can stimulate energy pathways in the body.  If any energy pathways are blocked reflexology aims to unblock them. Allowing the energy to flow freely again which aims to restore balance to the body. 

Prior to your first treatment, I will conduct a health and lifestyle consultation. This is done to help establish what your main reason for seeking treatment is and if there are any reasons why the treatment might not be appropriate for you, for example first trimester pregnancy, lymphatic cancer, after organ transplant. All information recorded will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act and will remain confidential.​

You will be asked to remove your shoes, socks and roll up your trousers to just below the knee.  If you have booked a luxury classic reflexology or luxury aroma-reflexology, a premium foot spa will be used to soak your feet.  The foot spa will have epsom salts to soothe tired feet along with bubbles and infrared lights to relieve inflammation. An indulgent foot scrub will be used to soften your feet. If you have booked the classic reflexology or aroma-reflexology, your feet will be cleansed at the start of the treatment with a hot wash mitt which is very soothing.

 

I will then start with a foot massage to help circulation. I will use a variety of reflexology techniques which will be adapted to suit your individual needs.  I have been trained in many different styles, some which will be suitable for you and some which won’t.

Walking Style - A traditional form of reflexology where the reflexes are pressed using one method of walking the thumb over the entire foot.

Massage - Massage techniques are used to stimulate the reflex points, and

Linking - This style uses energy, a bit like Reiki, a very light touch is used - one of my favourites!

Please do let me know if you have a preference and I will always ask you if the pressure of my touch is suitable.​

 

I will finish your treatment by cleansing your feet again so you don't slip when you get up! Don't worry if you fall asleep, it means your body needs the rest and recuperation. I will gently touch your shoulder to wake you. ​

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Reflexology is one of the most popular types of complementary therapy in the UK among people with cancer (Cancer Research UK).  Reflexology for cancer may be able to help with a range of ailments, including the reduction of stress, tension and anxiety, stimulation of the lymphatic system, increasing circulation, increased energy and pain management. As it’s a non-invasive form of therapy, it’s an alternative to traditional massage for those who prefer to avoid full-body touch. And as there is no undressing or repositioning required, it can be ideal for those who are very sick, who can’t be moved during treatment or touched in certain places. It could also help to reduce nausea caused by chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Overall, reflexology is thought to be very helpful for anybody on a cancer journey. It can help to improve a person’s quality of life, whilst creating and sustaining an overall sense of wellbeing, which is pivotal for anybody on a healing journey (Together Against Cancer). The Zest reflexology wax which is a blend of mandarin and lime essential oils was developed for the Iris Cancer partnership.  Reflexology should not be used instead of conventional medical care. Always consult your GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.

It is well known that people with diabetes need to look after their feet (diabetes.co.uk). Raised blood glucose levels can damage the sensation in your feet, causing diabetic neuropathy. Diabetes can also affect your circulation, which can lead to you getting less blood supply to your feet which could cause cramps and pain. Studies have shown that reflexology can improve and increase circulation to help with foot health.

NB: My professional code of conduct does not permit me to diagnose, prescribe or claim to cure. Reflexology works on an individual basis, and it is not possible to know in advance how you or your body will respond. The only way to find out is to try it and see. Just one treatment should help you decide whether it will be of benefit to you but it does have an accumulative effect. 

Physical Benefits

  • Anxiety and stress disorders

  • Problems associated with the reproductive system (menstrual problems, such as PMS, painful, scanty, heavy or irregular periods, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopause can all be treated)

  • Problems with conception, male and female infertility, and loss of libido

  • Joint pain and joint mobility

  • Arthritis

  • Breathing disorders (all respiratory problems, including asthma, chest infections, cough infections, coughs and colds, ear, nose and throat problems can be eased with reflexology)

  • Sleep problems and insomnia

  • Problems with digestion and elimination (constipation, IBS, food allergies and flatulence)

  • Blood sugar disorders

  • Skin disorders (acne, eczema, psoriasis and rashes)

  • Degenerative disorders(i.e. symptoms of MS and Parkinson’s disease)

  • Sinus disorders

  • Ear disorders

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Circulatory problems

  • Toxin build up

  • Low immunity

Mental Benefits

  • Reduces emotional turmoil

  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress

  • Improves focus and concentration

  • Enhances and stimulates creativity and productivity

  • Calms an overactive mind

  • Boosts confidence

  • Reduces or eliminates the need for drugs, tobacco and alcohol

Emotional Benefits

  • Restores mental illness

  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress

  • Releases the memory of past hurts

  • Calms anger, frustration and impatience, induces courage and strength helping to cope with difficult situations and problems

  • Lifts depression

  • Increases positive emotions such as happiness, joy, enthusiasm for life

  • Assists in resolving emotional conflicts

  • Relieves stress, induces a deep sense of relaxation

Songbird Reflexology Wax

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU USE?

For 'Classic Reflexology I use Unscented Reflexology Wax by Songbird Wax.

In regard to your 'Aroma-Reflexology treatment I have a choice of waxes which I use,: they are​'Pick Me Up' - Tea Tree and Mint reflexology wax - a blend of spearmint, peppermint and tea tree essential oils for tired feet with properties which are cooling, cleansing and stimulating with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties (unsuitable for those with high blood pressure).

'Calm Me' Lavender reflexology wax - is astringent and antiseptic made from lavender in Haut D'Alps and will relax your tired feet!

'Uplift Me' - Zest reflexology wax - a blend of mandarin and lime essential oils developed for the Iris Cancer partnership, and will bring a "zing to your step".

'Balance Me' - Balance reflexology wax - a blend of frankincense, bergamot, lavender and geranium essential oils which will help to balance the hormones, is good for dry skin and will calm and relax your mind and body.​​

 

For your 1st aroma-reflexology treatment you'll get a brand new sealed pot (20g) of your aroma blend for your use at home.

 

All Songbird reflexology waxes are lovely as a foot balm to soothe feet.​There are no nasties in Songbird Reflexology Waxes. They are 100% natural so NO parabens, NO sulphates, NO phthalates, NO mineral or palm oil, NO perfumes and NO SLS/SLE's. They are all cruelty free and all the packaging is 100% recyclable. 

Ellie Fowkes

"Was very calming and relaxing enjoyed very much she is a lovely person friendly makes u feel at ease thanks 😊"
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