Clinical Reflexology is a complementary, holistic therapy which works on the premise that there are reflex points on the feet, hands & ears. These reflex points correspond to all of the different parts of the body, including organs & glands.
Stimulating or soothing these reflexes using the variable pressure of thumbs & fingers can be extremely effective in bringing about a state of deep relaxation, stimulating the bodies own healing processes thus restoring the natural balance.
Many health issues due to stress & anxiety such as headaches, high blood pressure and insomnia improve in a safe & natural way due to –
- reduced muscle tension
- promoting calmness & wellbeing relieving stress & fatigue
- relaxing the body & mind
- promoting refreshing deep sleep
- soothing emotional distress
- strengthening natural self-healing
Clinical reflexology may also benefit neurological conditions such as MS and parkinsons as well as painful conditions, IBS, hormonal imbalances and fertility problems.
Clinical Reflexology is suitable for most people. However, you don’t need to be ill to benefit, you may just want to take the opportunity to relax, de-stress & take time for yourself.
Having regular Clinical Reflexology treatments may be ideal as a preventative measure.
What to expect during a session
A typical session involves first taking a detailed medical and lifestyle history from the client. This helps to identify any conditions that may be contraindicative to reflexology and to discuss the particular areas that you may feel need additional focus.
The second part of the session where the reflex points of the feet are worked will identify any areas that are out of balance enabling a treatment plan to be formulated and carried out.
Clinical reflexology is not intended to be painful and the pressure of the reflex points can be adjusted to a comfortable level to enable you to relax and enjoy the treatment.
Research suggests that regular clinical reflexology sessions throughout pregnancy may help to shorten labour as well as relaxing and balancing the body before and after giving birth. It can be very successful in the treatment of a wide variety of pregnancy discomforts and conditions including backache, morning sickness, fluid retention and constipation.
As well as this, much research has shown that clinical reflexology is excellent for maintaining or increasing milk supply as well as helping with postnatal depression and general relaxation.
Julie our Clinical Reflexologist also specialises in birth induction for those ladies looking for a safe and natural way to encourage baby into the world!
And not forgetting dad, it is common for both expectant parents to have clinical reflexology during pregnancy to help couples during the emotional changes of pregnancy and birth.
Treatments can be given to women who are more than 12 weeks pregnant.