Reflexology is based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops, and sides of the feet correspond to different areas of the body. In this way, the feet can be seen as a ‘map’ of the body. By applying specialised massage techniques to specific reflex points - using the thumbs, fingers and knuckles – the aim of a reflexology treatment is to help restore balance to the body naturally, and improve the client’s general well-being. It can help with a number of conditions.
Therapists may also work reflex points on the hands, ears and face, however it is the feet that are most commonly treated in reflexology.
Therapists Kim Fenwick and Emily Laver will be happy to answer any questions you may have including baby and toddler Reflexology and adults who experience fertility issues.
What to expect
Our therapist will start with a full consultation, asking various questions about your health and lifestyle, to ensure reflexology is right for you.
For the treatment itself you will remain fully clothed, simply removing your shoes and socks. You’ll be invited to relax on our treatment couch which is also reclining chair, or to put your feet up on a footstool. The therapist will gently cleanse your feet before applying a fine powder, cream or oil, to help provide a free-flowing treatment, and then start gently massaging and stretching your feet and ankles.
As the treatment progresses, a variety of different reflexology techniques will be used to ‘work’ the reflex points on each foot, including a caterpillar-like movement called ‘thumb walking’. The areas treated and pressure applied will be adapted to suit your individual needs.
Treatment generally lasts for 45 minutes to an hour, though shorter reflexology sessions may be more appropriate in some instances.
Benefits of reflexology
Reflexology can help to relieve anxiety and tension, encourage relaxation. It can improve your mood and aid sleep, though some people use it to help them cope with more specific health challenges. Sometimes is used for cancer patients and Reflexology is often used alongside conventional care in hospices, hospitals and other healthcare settings, to help support patients with a variety of conditions.
Reflexology should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.
Emily has written this for us about her Reflexology clinic that runs at the centre.
Fertility clinic reflexology - includes a special technique called reproflexology taught by Seren natural fertility. An appointment includes 1-2 hour consultation going through complete gyne history. Analising previous blood hormone profiling / semen analysis, (unfortunately GPs only look at the count, not a breakdown of the quality and defects), diet and lifestyle recommendations and if needed referral / or self referral of the male to a private andrologist in London Dr Sheryl Homa http://www.andrologysolutions.co.uk/ I can also refer, or they can self refer to sperm comet for a DNA fragmentation test http://www.spermcomet.com/The reflexology techniques have been shown to improve sperm quality in 8 weeks. It's most beneficial if both partners come but I can work with one. There are specific protocols to use for gyne conditions such as endometriosis, pcos, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, hormone imbalances and also for male conditions too. I am a member of the association of reproductive reflexologists.
Pregnancy reflexology - I will treat through all stages of pregnancy as the fertility training covered the first 12 weeks. Also for encouraging labor or in first stage labour.
I am registered with FEDANT federation of antenatal educators for pregnancy reflexology.
Oncology reflexology for cancer support - Any type of cancer at any stage. RLD reflexology lymph drainage - Designed for lymphoedema in arms from breast cancer surgery, but is proving beneficial for auto immune conditions too, MS, fibromyalgia etc. Clients with heart problems would need to get the ok from their cardiologist before I can treat them.
Functional Reflex Therapy - An adapted form of reflexology for children with autism and complex needs, I can run parent workshops to teach them how to use this on their children.