Reflexology is one of my favourite treatments to give and receive....a truly wonderful way to relax, rebalance and rejuvenate!
I like to work with subtle energies whenever possible, so I specialise in the use of Energy Balancing techniques with reflexology; such as balancing and linking the glands within the endocrine system, which is particularly useful for perimenopausal and menopausal women. It is also great for easing symptoms of PMT and allowing the body/mind and emotions a more gentle menstrual cycle. We can even balance the chakras! Whatever area of the body is 'playing up' I will do my best to tune in energetically and enable a healing response within the body.
Traditionally, Reflexology works on the principle that the feet are ‘mini-maps’ of the whole body; a sample of which is below, and that each reflex has a corresponding body area, organ or body system.
What is Reflexology useful for, the following passage was taken from the British Reflexology Association: "Reflexology does not claim to be a 'cure-all' but many people have found they have been helped by reflexology. Surveys carried out by The British Reflexology Association showed benefits to those presenting with symptoms of stress, insomnia and irritable bowel syndrome. According to Nicola Hall in her book 'Reflexology for Women' help may be given for ' a wide range of disorders including headaches, migraines, sinus congestion, stiffness in the neck and back, digestive problems, hormonal problems'. Most people who have experienced a reflexology session would agree that the method is a very relaxing therapy which may reduce tension and lead to an improved sense of well-being.
Please note that there should be no nail varnish on the nails.
When firm but gentle pressure is applied using thumbs and fingers to the reflex, there is a cleansing and balancing effect on the corresponding areas. In addition it also induces a deep sense of relaxation, much reducing the effect of stress on the mind and body. It is not at all tickly, and please do not be worried about the condition of your feet, regular reflexology helps them get back to their normal healthy way of being.
Reflexology for Menopause
For pregnant ladies I also offer Maternity Reflexology, as created by Susanne Enzer (see below). It's very gentle, very relaxing and soothes you and your baby. Please be assured that Reflexology does not and cannot harm you or your baby.
For those diagnosed with Symphisis Pubis pain or Pelvic Girdle pain I can use reflexology techniques to reduce greatly or even eliminate the pain of SPD or PGP. This can normally be done with 1 normal treatment, followed by 3 quick 5-10 minute sessions in the following days. All my maternity ladies who have suffered with this, have been effectively treated; the pain either goes entirely or is greatly reduced so that the expectant mum is able to get on with her life. So please do not suffer in silence.
To enable you to be in the best possible health for the birth of your baby and a quick recovery, it is recommend that you have at least 6 treatments during your pregnancy. Should you go over your due date after the six treatments, we can then do a birth priming technique to help baby decide to be born! This technique is quite alot stronger than the maternity reflexology that we normally do.
If you have had an epidural with any of your pregnancies, you may still suffer from headaches or backaches, I am able to use reflexology techniques to help clear the 'toxins' and trauma caused by the epidural; it even works with ladies whose children are grown up! Quite remarkable.
For those struggling to conceive, Fertility Reflexology is available. The reasons for infertility can be many and varied, indeed, there may be no medical reason, and this is where reflexology can help. The aim of this is to reduce your anxiety and stress levels, balance the endocrine system, relax you and get the body in balance so that it is best placed to carry a baby. This is best achieved by weekly treatments for the first 6 weeks and then monthly before ovulation.
I also offer fertility Reflexology alongside EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and Matrix Reimprinting, to help ensure that there are no emotional blocks to stop you conceiving; the beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world around us, shape our emotional, mental and physical health. Please see the EFT/MR page for more information.
Reflexology has been found to be of significant benefit to women during and leading up to the menopause.
We are able to use balancing techniques to enable your hormonal transition to be as smooth as possible, linking techniques to help your organs to work in harmony, and relaxation techniques to help you unwind, relieving stress and anxiety. It is better to have a series, if possible, of weekly treatments, with a reduction in frequency once a more relaxed and acceptable pattern to you has established. Overall, this therapy can most definitely help you be as comfortable in your own skin as possible during this natural transition.
A Little History on Reflexology
The oldest documentation of Reflexology of the hands and feet comes from a pictograph in the tomb of an Egyptian Physician Ankhmahor (2500-2330 B.C.) at Saqquara near Cairo.
The pictograph at the right shows two men working on the feet and hands of two other men. The hieroglyphics above the scene read ‘Do not let it be painful’ says one of the patients.‘ I do as you please’ the practitioner says.
In China there is evidence of some form of foot and hand therapy being practiced as long ago as 4,000 B.C., and the North American Indians have practised a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years.
The modern form of reflexology as we know it, started life as Zone Therapy, founded by Dr William Fitzgerald (1872-1942) in America.
Through his research he discovered that if he exerted pressure on the tips of the toes or fingers, a corresponding part of the body would be anaesthetised.
From this theory he divided the body into 10 equal zones running from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. He found that by applying pressure using tight bands of elastic on the middle section of each finger, or by using small clamps that were placed on the tips, he could carry out minor surgery using this technique only. These were very controversial ideas at the time.
He wrote publications such as “To stop that toothache – squeeze your Toe” and “Zone Therapy or Relieving Pain in the Home”.
Then an American physiotherapist called Eunice Ingham (1889 -1974) a.k.a.“The Mother of Modern Reflexology” studied/worked with a doctor called Joe Riley who was a colleague of Dr Fitzgerald and was fascinated with the Zone Therapy.
After extensive research, in the 30s she evolved a map of the entire body on the feet. In true pioneer style, Eunice Ingham travelled around America for 30 years teaching Reflexology first to Doctors and Nurses and then to non-medical practitioners. Eunice's life-long goal was to "help mankind as much as we are able, whenever possible and wherever we might be".
She published two books “Stories the Feet Can Tell”(1938) and “Stories the Feet Have Told”(1951)
She developed charts and theories called the Ingham Method that form the basis of modern Western reflexology today. Her work is carried on by The International Institute of Reflexology headed by her nephew Dwight Byers, who travelled and worked very closely with her for many years until her death in 1974 at the age of 84.
About Susanne Enzer - Maternity Reflexology Trainer
Susanne is a highly respected fore-runner in her field. She trained as a midwife many years ago, and while in Australia was able to add reflexology to her care of expectant mothers. She has had many years of experience and has developed some wonderful techniques. When she came back to the UK she decided to give up the midwifery and train both midwives and reflexologists (like me) to do maternity reflexology, sharing her knowledge, experience and her techniques. What a gift!