Reflexology

Reflexology is a deeply relaxing, safe and non-invasive complementary therapy suitable for all ages.

NEWS FLASH!! We are delighted to announce that Health and Healing for All is qualified to practice RLD (Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage) Reflexology. We are one of only 2 practitioners qualified to offer this amazing treatment in the whole of Cumbria!

RLD is an award winning reflexology technique which 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. For more details see here.

Originally Reflexology was first practised by the Chinese and Egyptians more than 4,000 years ago, and was introduced to the West in the early 20th century. It works on the principle that reflex points on the feet represent every organ, gland and structure of the body and stimulating these reflexes can help specific problems and restore and maintain the body’s natural balance. It is suitable for babies, children and adults alike.

Reflexology on a child                                        Reflexology on an adult

Sometimes the body is in a state of ‘imbalance’ following illness, injury, disease or stress and energy pathways are blocked preventing the body from functioning effectively. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances by touching the feet and by working on the reflex points can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body which provokes a positive “self-healing” response in the body.

Reflexology is thought to help bring relief to a variety of conditions including:

  • stress
  • back, shoulder and neck pain
  • sleep disorders
  • anxiety
  • headaches
  • asthma
  • digestive problems
  • PMS
  • hay fever

and many more health problems – both physical and emotional.

Reflexology can help calm and soothe; improve circulation; encourage the body’s natural energy pathways to become more efficient; help the elimination of toxins and impurities; and restore balance in the body. Reflexology can help the body to heal itself.

Reflexology is an excellent stand alone treatment but also can benefit the client after a Kinesiology Session to balance the body and “lock-in” change.

At a first treatment a consultation is carried out. This is completely confidential and includes taking a medical history and health and lifestyle details. It is also to establish that there are no contraindications to treatment and if there are areas when caution should be exercised; to discuss the reason for treatment and to establish that Reflexology is the most suitable treatment; establish client expectations; and to answer any questions prior to treatment the client may have.

The client is seated in a very comfortable reclining chair and the feet are then cleaned with distilled witch hazel. The feet are examined and then they are relaxed using a number of massage techniques before the Reflexology treatment begins.

The actual treatment works over the whole of the body on the foot with very precise movements mostly using the thumb or index finger. Most people find Reflexology very relaxing and often fall asleep during a treatment. Sometimes there may be a reason why a part of the foot cannot be treated e.g. injury and so the treatment is continued on the corresponding area of the hand. The treatment ends with a relaxing foot massage.

The client is given a glass of water and after-care advice is given. This can include some self help Reflexology techniques to perform on the hand.

Frequently Asked Questions

At a first treatment a consultation is carried out.  This is completely confidential and includes taking a medical history and health and lifestyle details. It is also to establish there are no contraindications to treatment and if there are areas when caution should be exercised; to discuss the reason for treatment and to establish that Reflexology is the most suitable treatment; establish client expectations; and to answer any questions prior to treatment the client may have.

The client is seated in a very comfortable reclining chair and the circulation improved in the feet by means of some warm cloths being applied. The feet are examined and then they are relaxed using a number of massage techniques before the Reflexology treatment begins.

The actual treatment works over the whole of the body on the foot with very precise movements mostly using the thumb or index finger. Most people find Reflexology very relaxing and often fall asleep during a treatment. Sometimes there may be a reason why a part of the foot cannot be treated e.g. injury and so the treatment is continued on the corresponding area of the hand. The treatment ends with a relaxing foot massage.

The client is given a glass of water and after-care advice is given. This can include some self help Reflexology techniques to perform on the hand.

How long is a Reflexology session?

The initial session can take up to 1.5 hours including completion of a health questionnaire. Following sessions take 1 hour.

During the treatment, there may be some areas of tenderness or sensitivity on the foot. In people with chronic conditions a slight ache may be experienced in some areas. Sometimes reactions can be felt in other parts of the body e.g. a feeling of warmth or coldness or tingling/pins and needles.

In the 24 hours after a treatment, there is often an increase in urination; there can be an increase in bulk, volume and frequency of the stool; there can be an increase in nasal secretions. There can be a feeling of tiredness as the body is working overtime to bring about healing and elimination. You can feel very sleepy and relaxed yet sometimes you can have restored energy and feel wonderful.

The number of treatments needed depends very much on the specific problem presented and health of the client. Chronic conditions may take several sessions before the client sees a real positive benefit. Sometimes it can take three sessions before the client sees any changes and sometimes changes can happen very quickly following just the first treatment. Children and pregnant women can often respond more quickly to treatment. Treatments are generally given on a weekly basis initially and then monthly.

Yes, if the client has any of the following: an acute undiagnosed pain; cellulitis; a contagious or notifiable disease; under the influence of drugs or alcohol; will be undertaking imminent medical tests or procedures (within 72 hours) as having Reflexology may affect the result; unstable heart condition; thrombosis and the first 12 and last 12 weeks of pregnancy (unless having a specific Maternity Reflexology session)

No. Reflexology should not hurt but some areas on the foot may feel tender or different or a little uncomfortable depending on the health and specific problem presented of the client.

If you are interested in Reflexology treatment please contact me to find out more.

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