What is reflexology
Reflexology is a wonderful therapy. It feels fantastic, is profoundly relaxing and, when used in the right way, can help the body recover from a wide range of conditions.
It is one of the oldest forms of complementary therapy with roots in ancient Eygpt, China & India.
It is based on the theory that there are micro-systems on the feet, hands and face that connect to all aspects of our bodies. By massaging specific points on the feet, hands or face, one can affect corresponding parts of the body. Amazing!
A reflexologist feels for areas of sensitivity or deposits on the feet, hands or face that indicate potential weaknesses and causes of problems in the body. By massaging through these areas, it is possible to help the body recover.
Who has reflexology?
Anyone and everyone. From young children to the elderly and infirm, and anyone in between.
They come for all sorts of reasons but on the whole divide into two distinct groups.
The first group is those that have reflexology as a preventative treatment ie they use reflexology as a way of maintaining their health. Often it is aid relaxation and to mitigate the effects of stress. Some come once a month, others once a week. It depends on their levels of stress and their ability to manage it. The people I see most frequently tend to either run their own businesses or have high pressure jobs or lives. Without regular reflexology the continual stress starts to take it's toll and their health begins to suffer.
The second group is those that come with a particular condition or illness and are looking for help in recovering. Typical clients are looking for relief from pain (eg headaches, migraine, sinusitis, abdominal pain, sciatica, neck/shoulder/back pain etc), stress (anxiety, sleep problems), and also help with any hormonal imbalances or changes (eg irregular menstrual cycle, fertility problems, pregnancy reflexology, inducing labour, menopause etc).
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Reflexology and Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a women’s life. However for some, fatigue, nausea and discomfort can take away a lot of the excitement and joy of expecting a baby. Since there is not much medication that can be taken during this time, a lot of mothers-to-be look to complementary therapies to help with these symptoms.
Reflexology is a gentle, non-invasive treatment which has been shown to be safe throughout pregnancy (though there are instances where it is contra-indicated and caution should be applied during the first trimester).
Here are 5 ways in which it can help:
1) Produces a feeling of profound relaxation leading to a reduction in stress & tension
2 )Can provide relief for all the major and minor symptoms associated with pregnancy
3 )Eases the body through all the changes, helping prevent problems arising in the first place
4) Soothes tired and aching feet as well as helping oedema
5) Can significantly reduce labour times. (Research by G. Motha & J.Mcgrath in 1992 has shown that regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy can significantly reduce labour times)
Aside from these, pregnancy is a time to put your feet up, indulge yourself a little and prepare for the journey ahead
Reflexology for improving athletic performance
Reflexology is not the first thing that springs to mind when you talk about sport but you'd be surprised how many top athletes and sportsman use it. Not only does it help with the physical side of things, speeding up the body's recovery and also helping prevent injury. It also helps with the mental aspect of sport, helping people get 'in the zone' and giving them that competitive edge which is so important. You can read more about it on my blog page.
Reflexology and Autism
For the last four years I have been the reflexologist at the Holmewood School in North London. I spend one day a week giving Foot and Facial reflexology treatments to children and staff. You can read more about it on my blog page.
I offer Reflexology, Facial Reflexology and Japanese Facial Lifting at the following clinics:
St Johns Osteopathy & Acupuncture
54 Abbey Gardens
St Johns Wood
London NW8 9AT
10 minutes walk from both St Johns Wood & Maida Vale tube stations. It is also easily accessible from West Hampstead, Swiss Cottage & Queen's Park
1 Adam & Eve Mews
High St Kensington
London W8 6UG
Less than 5 minutes walk from High St Kensington tube, it is also easily accessible from Holland Park, Notting Hill, Earl's Court, South Kensington & Gloucester Road.
The Crypt, St Peter’s Church
119 Eaton Square
London SW1W 9AL
Based in Belgravia, just 5 minutes walk from Victoria Station. It is also easily accessible from Knightsbridge, Pimlico, Sloane Square & Westminster.
For those who can't make it to the clinics, I offer home and office visits in the boroughs of Brent, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster & Hammersmith & Fulham.
I also offer low-cost treatments from my home in Harlesden, NW10 4EG - £20 for 30 minutes, £40 for 1 hour.