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Reflexology

Reflexology is a holistic therapy with links to Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese and Indian cultures. Reflexology as we know it today is attributed to the work of Eunice Ingham, an American Therapist. Eunice mapped out reflex points on the feet and hands that correspond to all of the organs, glands and parts of the body. Her original work is taught exclusively by the school that she founded, The International Institute of Reflexology.

It involves stimulating the nerve connections in the sole of the foot to balance and restore energy to various organs in the body. It works on the principle that there are areas on the feet and hands which correspond to the major glands and organs of the body. By using pressure on a specific area of the foot, an effect will be stimulated on the corresponding area of the body.

It is believed that different points or zones on the feet, hands or ears correspond to specific anatomical features in the body in a logical pattern. Many maps exist showing the correlation of the foot, hand or ear to different organs, glands and structural features of the body. The goal of the reflexology is to stimulate those points and break down any crystal deposits located in the feet, hands or ears to restore normal function to that body system. We do not fully understand how reflexology works but one possible theory is that it works by releasing restricted energy in the body, by improving blood supply and by promoting parasympathetic nerve stimulation to assist in healing. Another theory is that it works by stimulating the sensory nerves in the extremities having effects on other parts of the body. Reflexology may also work by increasing the release of endorphins into the bloodstream providing pain relief and a general sense of well-being. When the reflexes are stimulated, blockages along the meridian lines and nervous system are removed. A blockage is felt as a sandy or gritty deposit under the skin present in these particular areas.

Here is a video from the Association of Reflexologists which gives an overview of Reflexology.

Medical studies have shown and Doctors agree that over 75% of our health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension. By applying pressure to the reflex points on the hands and/or feet, circulation is improved, relaxation is induced, the body’s organs and glands become balanced and blockages are cleared. Reflexology is now widely accepted in the UK and recognised by the NHS, many GP’s and hospices.

Reflexology can be performed on everyone , infants, teens, adults and seniors to enhance health as well as treat specific conditions. It is also safe to perform during pregnancy, treatment for cancer, before and after surgery.

Fertility Reflexology helps to create a healthier environment for a possible pregnancy to occur by encouraging the body to work more efficiently. One of the major benefits of Fertility Reflexology is the balancing of the endocrine system, the set of glands that produce the body’s hormones. Hormones play a key role in fertility and can be affected by stress. In these days of high pressure careers and increased debt, as well as the underlying worry of infertility, stress could be one of the big reasons why couples are not getting pregnant.

Pregnancy is a special time for a woman but hormonal changes cab occur dramatically, provoking an alteration in many physiological functions. Maternity Reflexology can to help restore balance in most of the cases, treating conditions symptomatically, alleviating and stimulating. Maternity Reflexology has been found to be completely safe during pregnancy in terms of helping mums to be to go full term and beyond with a reduction of the common symptoms of pregnancy. Research studies have shown that expectant mothers who receive regular maternity reflexology treatments may enjoy much shorter labour times and require significantly less pain relief than those who did not have reflexology.

Reflexology treatments begin with a relaxing foot massage. There may be discomfort in some places, whilst the reflexes are stimulated but this is temporary and may be an indication of congestion or imbalance in the corresponding part of the body. For the most part, the sensation is pleasant and soothing. Reflexology will relax and de-stress you while stimulating your body’s systems.

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  • Reflexology 30 minutes – £25
  • Reflexology 45 minutes – £30
  • Reflexology 60 minutes – £35
  • Fertility Reflexology 45 minutes – £30
  • Fertility Reflexology 60 minutes – £35
  • Maternity Reflexology 30 minutes – £25
  • Maternity Reflexology 45 minutes – £30
  • Maternity Reflexology 60 minutes – £35
I have been going to Joanne for about two years and would highly recommend her. She is always friendly and professional and her treatment leaves me totally relaxed.  Must book another appointment now!
- Judith Ekin
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ABOUT AUTHOR

Joanne Lee

I am a fully qualified, insured and experienced Holistic Therapist, Reiki Practitioner, Hypnotherapist and Spiritual Life Coach specialising in in relaxation, chronic health conditions, infertility, stress management, holistic health and well-being.

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