My first encounter with reflexology was about 15 years ago, when suffering from a bout of stress-related insomnia. Having tried all sorts of remedies without success someone suggested reflexology. I'd never even heard of it but was desperate and thought, why not? Amazingly enough, one treatment was all it took to break the cycle and this inspired me to find out more.
Since graduating from the Central London School of Reflexology in 2004, I have studied and continue to study many different forms and approaches to reflexology. I have also worked alongside practitioners in Asia, South America and Europe.
This has enabled me to adapt my treatments to whatever is needed. Whether it is helping someone overcome a niggling injury, treating a client with a chronic auto-immune condition or giving a deep blissful stress-busting treatment, these all require different approaches, techniques and pressures.
One of the most appealing aspects to being a reflexologist is that I will always be learning, even when I'm 90! Everyone is different and everyone responds differently to reflexology. Even if people display the same symptoms or have a disease of the same name, how it manifested itself and how I go about helping them could be completely different. Therefore the more I learn and more I listen to the experiences of others, the better I become as a reflexologist and the more effective my treatments are. It sounds obvious, but it's amazing how many people don't think like this.
In recent years, the two courses that have changed and improved my understanding of reflexology the most, have been Dr Jesus Manzanares' Manzanares Method and Spiros Dimitrakoulas' Orthopedic Reflexology. The Manzanares Method is very precise, shifts the focus away from the need to treat the whole foot and is backed up by science. While Orthopedic Reflexology looks at the mechanics of the foot and how problems with the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and how they move can affect the body as a whole.
As well as working on the feet, I was also one of the first therapists in the UK to train in Facial Reflexology Sorensensistem in 2006. This innovative treatment draws on many techniques and I find it particularly effective when working with hormonal disorders. It is also great for stress relief and sleep.
I also offer a specialist anti-ageing facial massage, Japanese Facial Lifting. This wonderfully relaxing treatment combines elements of the facial reflexology treatment with traditional Japanese facial massage techniques.