I offer two types of treatment:
1) A general or maintenance treatment where I work the whole foot in sequence. This suits people who like to use reflexology as a way of preventing illness. It is a deep, relaxing treatment that is fantastic for combating the effects of stress. Frequency of treatments depends on stress levels and the body's ability to manage it. Some people need to come once a week, others once a month or less.
2) A more clinical treatment that targets specific conditions or complaints. After palpating the foot, I focus on the areas related to the problem. These areas can be quite sensitive, but the more time spent on them, the better. The emphasis here is much more on how the client feels after the treatment than on how relaxing the treatment feels at the time.
Number and frequency of treatments is key to recovery. While some straightforward complaints can be resolved in one or two sessions, more complex problems may require a longer course of treatments. When treating specific complaints the ideal frequency is twice a week.
As well as working on the feet I also work on the hands. These tend to be shorter treatments and as such I usually combine them with the feet or face or both. I find a lot of children enjoy having their hands worked on, as well as musicians, therapists and anyone else who uses their hands in a repetitive manner.
VRT or Vertical Reflex Therapy is a form of reflexology applied when the client is in a standing or weight-bearing position.
It is a very effective, quick and easy to administer treatment. In fact a full treatment can be given in 5/10 minutes.
This makes it a fantastic treatment for the elderly and also for professional athletes who can use it prior to an event or game.
It can be used as a standalone treatment though I tend to incorporate it into a standard reflexology treatment as part of the warm-up, as it is a great way of loosening up the body. In fact it's effect on mobility and range of movement can be quite remarkable.
Facial Reflexology Sorensensistem
Developed by the world renowned reflexologist Lone Sorensen, Facial Reflexology is a unique treatment that combines knowledge of Chinese energy meridians and acupuncture points with South American Indian body maps and Vietnamese Dien’ Cham’ techniques.
Using only my fingers and a light rosehip oil, the treatment involves precise stimulation of acupressure points, neurological points and body maps on the face. The stimulation sends impulses through the body’s central nervous system to specific organs and parts of the body. As with foot reflexology, I feels for deposits in the tissue that indicate where there might be weaknesses, and then focus the treatment accordingly.
It is a very relaxing treatment which leaves the skin glowing, as well as being effective at combating a wide range of conditions.
I use it mainly when working with hormonal disorders, sleep problems and issues with the skin.
Japanese Facial Lifting Massage
Also developed by Lone Sorensen, this soothing facial massage combines elements of the Facial Reflexology treatment with traditional Japanese facial massage techniques. While this is ostensibly a beauty-treatment, it also has fantastic health and relaxation benefits. After all, how we look and how we feel are inextricably linked.
Using just my fingers and either a rose-hip or frankincense oil, the treatment begins with a gentle stimulation of selected facial acupuncture points. I then assess the reflexology zones using slow pulling motions before focusing the treatment accordingly. This is followed by the Japanese Facial Massage and lymphatic drainage techniques, which are slow, deep and hypnotic.
As well as treating the outer layer of the skin, these combined methods work the meridians, facial nerves and muscles, ensuring a balancing effect for the whole body.
It’s amazing how wonderful this treatment feels. Out of all of them, this probably sends you into the deepest state of relaxation, and you look great after it too!
It can be used as a one-off treatment, giving you a radiant glow and helping you feel relaxed before a special occasion or meeting. Or as a course of treatments, helping to reduce lines and wrinkles, and improve the texture of the skin.
While all these treatments are stand-alone treatments, they also work very well in combination. I often combine the feet and face particularly when working with stress-related conditions and hormonal imbalances. And for those who want to do a slightly longer treatment, the feet, face and hands combo is a great way to get a full body MOT and look great at the end too.