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REFLEXOLOGY ... more

Where Did It All Begin? Reflexology has been around since the Egyptians. It is recorded in 2,500 BC a hieroglyph of a foot treatment being given.

Dr. William Fitzgerald is known as the "Father" of Reflexology. He was a nose and throat expert working at St. Francis Hospital, USA. When working with his clients he discovered that by applying pressure to certain areas of the body he could produce numbness in another part of the body. We call this the "Zone Theory". He found that when he applied pressure on the nose this could numb many areas of the body, making this a reflex response.

He went on to discover that the parts of the body, which had a similar reflex relationship lay along certain longitudinal zones and that these were reflected in the body. By applying pressure to the points on these zones he could dull pain in other areas in the same zone.


What Happens During a Reflexology Treatment?

When you arrive for your first Reflexology consultation, I will take a detailed history from you so I can find out how reflexology might help you. This will include details such as are you on medication, what your diet and sleep patterns are like, medical history, ailments which you are currently suffering from etc.

If you are on medication or suffering from an illness and seeing a doctor or consultant regularly for it, you will need to check with your doctor that a reflexology treatment will interfere with your illness or medication.
I will then ask you to sign a consent form before we begin.

All of this information is kept strictly confidential but it will help me give you a more thorough and effective reflexology treatment.

Every treatment after this I will ask you questions about how you felt after the previous treatment, how you are at present and is there any particular areas you would like me to start working on.

I treat each client in a fully holistic manner, taking into consideration the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects of their life.

You will receive your treatment lying comfortably on a massage couch. Your shoes and socks will be removed but you will otherwise remain fully clothed.
I will ensure you are warm and comfortable enough before the treatment begins.

I will begin your treatment by gently cleansing the feet with antiseptic wipes and inspect your toes for any infections or injury. I will then use a oil mixed with essential oils (unless pregnant) to massage the feet to relax you first. When I begin reflexology I will check the pressure that I am using is comfortable for you.

As I work around the feet I will detect areas of imbalance where the normal flow of energy is impaired. These areas can be tender, 'crunchy' and may have crystals on them. By applying firm but comfortable pressure on these blocked areas I can ease or clear the congestion. This will set the body's own healing mechanism in motion and help your body return to a state of balance. You will feel very relaxed throughout the treatment.

Throughout the treatment I will ask you questions to see if you feel any sensations on particular areas or have any interesting reactions. I will take notes of all my observations and at the end of the treatment I will tell you where I feel the imbalances of energy are. I will not diagnose illnesses as I do not have a medical qualification but these areas of imbalance usually relate to the organs where you may have a blockage now or in the past or future.

I will finish the treatment with a gentle foot massage using relaxing strokes and techniques. I will explain what you may experience as a result of the treatment and offer you some water to flush out the toxins. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water over the next 12 hours to eliminate the toxins which have been released during the treatment. The whole treatment lasts 1 hour.

What Reactions May I Experience During and After the Treatment? Some of the reactions clients experience during and after a reflexology treatment can be some of the following:

DURING REFLEXOLOGY

AFTER REFLEXOLOGY

Sense of Well Being

Sense of Well Being

Feeling of Deep Relaxation

Feeling of Deep Relaxation

Sighing, Yawning, Breathing Deeply

Feel like sleeping

Laughing or Crying

Sense of Comfort

Falling Asleep

Change in an ailment

Pins and Needles

Deep Sleep That Night

Temperature Change

Thirstiness

Tingling Sensations

Bowel Movements

Scratching Feeling

Lightness

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