Reflexology is a deeply relaxing hands-on therapy that involves the application of gentle pressure to different reflex areas on the feet and hands in order to support the body’s own healing and revitalising processes. In working holistically to calm the nervous system, reflexology is a wonderful form of stress-relief that helps to bring about a sense of balance and wellbeing and support the effective functioning of the immune system.
How does Clinical Reflexology work?
By applying pressure to reflexes on the feet with thumbs and fingers, a trained Clinical Reflexologist is able to detect any imbalances which may be as a result of stress, illness or injury. Working these reflexes in a very specific way, incorporating meridian points (acupuncture points) and advanced techniques, may initiate a beneficial response in a corresponding area of the body and encourage your body to achieve ‘homeostasis’.
All the systems of the body are worked on through the feet – musculoskeletal, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, nervous, and lymphatic.
Reflexology is a deeply relaxing and some people even fall asleep during treatment. However you may feel some tenderness in certain areas corresponding to parts of the body which are out of balance. This is usually momentarily as Gaynor will adjust the pressure to work within your tolerance.
Reflexology isn’t ticklish and pressure can range from a feather like touch, ideal for babies and those with extremely sensitive feet, to a firm pressure for individuals who prefer a much deeper treatment.
As reflexologists we do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe, and therefore reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.
Relaxation, Stress and Anxiety.
Whether you are looking for a bit of ‘you time’ of sheer relaxation, struggling with stress brought on by work, home life, or simply from just being too busy, reflexology can work as a preventative and an effective treatment for combating stress.
Reflexology is such a relaxing treatment it naturally encourages the release of endorphins within the body. This ‘feel good’ hormone helps to lower blood pressure, alleviate stress and anxiety. It also acts as the body’s natural pain relief.Your mind and body are allowed to switch-off leaving you in a state of restfulness, reducing body tension, and helping you to feel calmer and more balanced. This may improve sleep, increase blood circulation and boost your immune system, leaving you feeling more energised
Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD)
This award-winning reflexology technique focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. The aim is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body. It is a unique sequence that has been researched and developed by Sally Kay BSc(Hons), whilst working in Cancer Care, to help with the management of lymphoedema for patients affected by treatment to breast cancer.
It may help all forms of lymphoedema, both primary and secondary and RLD can also be used to help with other conditions such as Oedema, Arthritis, Chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia & Migraines.
Please be aware RLD is NOT SUITABLE for clients with Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), Kidney failure or Cellulitis
Reflexology for Athletes
Whether you’re a pro-athlete, semi-pro, or participate in a sporting activity to keep fit and healthy, incorporating reflexology into your fitness regime can be hugely beneficial. Regular sessions can bring about a positive effect to an Athletes overall physical health, performance and emotional wellbeing, by helping you to relax and recover faster from injuries or surgery.
Reflexology can help to increase blood circulation to an injured area of the body, removing toxins and bringing in oxygen, nutrients, minerals, enzymes and hormones, while also removing toxins and waste products (generated by extended muscle exertion). Helping to support the body’s natural ability to heal itself, and promote faster recovery from injuries. Since the blood stream is responsible for supplying the muscles with nutrients and oxygen, increased circulation can assist in preventing cramps, spasms, aches and pains associated with extended exercise. Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage can remove lactic acid from the legs, a helpful relief from tightness in the legs.
Help with Fertility For Couples Trying to Conceive Naturally, or Undergoing Assisted Fertility.
Gaynor specialises in fertility reflexology. Whether you’re trying to conceive naturally, or undergoing conventional treatments such as Clomid, fully medicated cycles IUI, IVF, ICSI or donor eggs, Gaynor will work closely with you and your partner, to ensure you’re giving yourself the best possible chance of a positive outcome.
Trying to conceive can be stressful in itself and this can certainly impact upon your ability to conceive. As reflexology is a deeply relaxing holistic experience, it will leave you feeling rejuvenated and de-stressed, helping your body to work more harmoniously.
Reflexology for Pregnancy (Maternity).
This is a time to spoil yourself, put your feet up and relax. Reflexology is a wonderful safe treatment to have throughout your pregnancy, it will leave you feeling de-stressed and re-energised, supporting your body through each stage of your pregnancy, and has huge benefits for helping to reduce labour and pain relief.
“After never having reflexology before, I decided to give it a go after chatting to a friend. My husband and I were desperately trying for a baby, and I just couldn’t get the hang of my ovulation or varying cycles. From meeting Gaynor she not only provided the most amazing reflexology treatment, but she also gave me a huge amount of fertility advice. She is so knowledgeable-from diet, supplement recommendations through to ovulation tracking, she provided me with the information I needed to maximise my chances of getting pregnant.
After seeing her regularly for 4 months or so, I became pregnant and I’m now 13 weeks. My husband and I are so excited and I cannot thank Gaynor enough! I will continue to see her through my pregnancy to keep my stress levels in control.”
“Absolutely amazing service, far beyond regular reflexology, Gaynor offers personal fertility guidance and we were lucky enough to conceive on our first month with Gaynor after 7 months trying.”
“Can’t speak highly enough of Gaynor’s support, skill as a reflexologist and all-round knowledge regarding natural fertility aids and conditions affecting fertility. My treatments with Gaynor were successful and I conceived twice whilst having weekly sessions.
Although she doesn’t make any claims to be a fertility expert as such, she is much more than a reflexologist focussing on fertility. From the outset she analysed my situation very methodically to understand how to approach the sessions and suggested a number of lifestyle adjustments and complimentary treatments / tests. She also taught me how to monitor my cycle and track ovulation. Her support does not start and end at the treatment room door. She is with you throughout the journey and in regular contact between treatments.”