Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg and hands correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside conventional medicine to promote optimal health for their clients.
Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between! However, there may occasionally be times when it is not suitable to provide a treatment. Well trained reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology 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 wellbeing.
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.
A 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.
Through various massage techniques, pressure is then applied to the feet, lower leg, and sometimes hands, depending on the type of reflexology chosen. You may feel areas of transient discomfort during the treatment, but generally the experience should be relaxing.
Some clients like to give feedback to the reflexologist during a treatment and this can be useful. It may show the response of your body to the treatment. This in turn might help to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs. However other clients like to relax, take time for themselves or simply fall asleep! 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.
Testimonial - "My daughter has had a series of reflexology sessions with Laura to help her relax and deal with stress caused by stomach problems caused by a range of food intolerances. The course of reflexology has really helped in managing stress and improving relaxation as part of a number of different approaches we have taken including conventional nutritional / GP advice etc. We would not hesitate to recommend Laura to anyone." Madeline Buckinghamshire