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, what have I got to lose? Surprisingly, it only took one treatment to break the cycle and this lead me to train as a reflexologist.
I graduated from the Central London School of Reflexology in 2004, and since then have studied many different forms and approaches to reflexology as well as working alongside practitioners in Asia, South America and Europe.
This has given me the skills and knowledge 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 best things about being a reflexologist is that you are always learning something new. Every client is unique and they all respond differently to reflexology. Even if people display the same symptoms or have a disease of the same name, how it manifested itself and how you approach it could be completely different. As soon as you think you've got the perfect treatment for a particular condition, then someone comes along to prove you wrong!
So the key for me is to keep learning and always keep an open mind when treating. Many clients come to reflexology out of desperation. They have tried all the more conventional approaches without success, and are here more out of hope than anything else. So the more techniques and approaches I have at my disposal the better chance I have of helping them.
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.
The combination of these two methods have improved my results significantly.
As well as working on the feet, I also work on the hands and the face, and was one of the first therapists in the UK to train as a Facial Reflexologist back in 2006.
In addition to reflexology I also offer a specialist anti-ageing facial massage called Japanese Facial Lifting. This combines elements of the facial reflexology treatment with traditional Japanese facial massage techniques and leaves the skin glowing as well as being a wonderfully relaxing treatment too.
You can find more information about the treatments on the treatments page.