Your feet carry your through life and have quite a story to tell! From areas of tension, soreness and lack of circulation, to solidified urate (from uric acid) and calcium “crystals” that can accumulate, your feet can be a map of your body as a whole. Reflexology is the therapeutic practice of applying gentle pressure to “reflex” areas that correspond to other parts of the body, helping to stimulate nerve endings and the body meridians, dispersing any crystals to help clear any blockages and improve circulation.
“Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body.”
[The Association of Reflexologists]
There are examples from antiquity that picture people working on the feet or hands of other people (an example being that of the tomb of Ankamahor in Egypt). It is hard to say whether, as is often claimed, that this is an example of early reflexology, rather than massage therapy or some other healthcare practice of the time, but certainly the importance of caring for one’s hands and feet (and the importance of doing so for overall health), plus their use in the treatment of other areas of the body (such as foot soaks in order to address a head cold) has been recognised for a very long time.
Reflexology practise may also based on elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic philosophies of the free flow of energy (Chi, Qi or Prana depending on the philosophy) around the body and the manipulation of key points around the body in order to clear any “blockages” and faciliate this. Such movement might also be likened to the activity of the neurological system and there is growing research looking at the potential benefits of reflexology and other complementary therapies for supporting health and wellbeing (I occasionally share links to such articles from my Facebook page or on Twitter).
So what can reflexology do for me?
“Reflexology can help to relieve anxiety and tension, encourage relaxation, improve mood and aid sleep, though some people use it to help them cope with more specific health challenges. [It is..] often used alongside conventional care in hospices, hospitals and other healthcare settings, to help support patients with a variety of conditions.”
[The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)]
Reflexology is classed as a “complementary therapy” meaning that it is used alongside (as a complement to) conventional medicine.
Complementary therapists, such as reflexologists, cannot make diagnoses (unless also medically qualified to do so – ie they are a GP, or similar). In addition complementary therapy should not be used as an alternative to seeking appropriate medical advice, however:
"Common uses of complementary healthcare include improving quality of life for those living with chronic conditions or in palliative care; post-surgical care; and helping anxious patients to complete often expensive orthodox treatments and procedures that have unpleasant side effects, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Working alongside conventional medicine, complementary healthcare methods are often used to help support the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms, to ease or alter a patient’s perception of pain, and to support patients through periods of anxiety and fear, associated with their illness. People with chronic or life-limiting conditions such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, mental health problems (i.e. mild depression and anxiety) weight problems, musculoskeletal problems, or a history of substance misuse (including alcohol and drugs), can be greatly supported using complementary therapies alongside conventional care.”
[Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)]
Reflexology helps to bring the body into balance (homeostasis) and to maintain general wellbeing. It is an excellent, non-invasive choice if you are looking for a therapy to support some of the conditions listed above.
To book your reflexology treatment, please visit the Doncaster Wellbeing Reflexology page.
Reflexology works best when used regularly to help balance your body and mind. As a thank you to my clients I offer the following packages for regular appointments paid for in advance.
Four treatments :: £120.00
Six treatments :: £175.00
If you need support with a particular issue and want an "wholistic" approach, this consultation brings together different massage modalities, reflexology, aromatherapy and intuitive healing to create a truly individual treatment.
1 & 1/2 hours :: £55.00
2 hours :: £70.00
Reflexology & Pedicure
Relax whilst you are pampered with a foot health care pedicure with natural buff finish followed by reflexology. You'll feel like you're walking on air!
1 & 1/2 - 2 hours :: £55.00