Reflexology is a modern form of an ancient therapy that dates back over 5000 years. It is based on the theory that different parts of the feet, lower legs, hands, ears and face relate to different areas of the body. Therefore by working these points it is believed that the treatment can help to maintain and restore health alongside conventional medicine. By applying pressure to the feet the reflexologist can find imbalances in the body and then work that area to help rebalance it. It works in a similar way to acupuncture.
It may help in the following areas:
The body's natural self-healing process to work faster and more efficiently and to boost the immune system
To relieve stress and tension which is the cause for many illnesses and diseases
To improve blood circulation, helping the cells and organs work more efficiently
With waste removal and elimination
To remove toxins from the body
To increase energy levels or induce calm and help with sleep issues
Improving mood and sense of wellbeing
Every person is unique and their experience of reflexology will also be unique, but it is commonly agreed to be a very relaxing treatment that leaves the person feeling calmer and more positive with increased happiness, essential to improving your wellbeing.
Hot Stone Reflexology
Hot Stone Reflexology originated in India and China and has been around for centuries. Ancient civilizations believed that hot stones cleansed the body and relaxed the heart, grounding the soul and soothing the mind. The treatment involves using smooth basalt stones which are heated before use.
In my treatments the hot stones are incorporated into a standard reflexology treatment to further enhance the benefits. I use large stones to warm and massage the legs and feet, and small stones to work reflex points and more specific areas. The heat from the stones quickly opens the energy pathways and helps to relax the muscles in the feet. Thus allowing me to work deeper into the reflex areas and especially on any areas which appear as tender or congested. The heat penetrates to a much deeper level than finger pressure bringing about physiological changes as well as improving energy flow, afterwards, your body will feel restored, balanced and revitalised.
I now include at no extra charge essential oils in all hot stone reflexology treatments.
The combination of reflexology and the therapeutic qualities of the essential oils absorbed through the skin help to calm, revitalise, lift the mood, and boost the immune system, further enabling the body to heal itself.
The essential oils enter the skin where they are absorbed in to the blood stream and circulated around the body
I offer different blends depending on how you are feeling on the day of your appointment, including blends that boost immunity, ease aches and pains, for hormone balancing, and also blends that are safe during pregnancy. All blends can either be relaxing of reviving depending on the oils used.
Why a regular massage is so good for you
Most people enjoy a massage as it makes them feel good, but many don't realise how good a regular massage is for their overall health. There are many existing therapies available as well as new therapies coming onto the market rapidly but massage has been practiced for thousands of years and stood the test of time. Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch and massage—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles.
Other than the well known benefits of massage such as reducing stress, anxiety, creating a feeling of well-being and easing emotional trauma through relaxation, below are the physical benefits of having a regular massage. Thus demonstrating how receiving a massage at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health.
Effects on the Skeletal and Muscular System
Massage can help increase joint mobility by helping to release restrictions in the facia. It helps to improve muscular balance reducing the physical stress placed on bones and joints helping to restore range of motion. It helps to relieve muscular tightness, stiffness, spasms and restrictions in the muscle tissue and it increases flexibility in the muscles. It also increases blood circulation bringing more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle which in turn reduces muscle fatigue and soreness.
Effects on blood and lymph circulation
Massage enhances blood flow and increases the blood's oxygen capacity. Delivery of fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissues is improved and the removal of waste products, toxins and carbon dioxide is hastened via the venous system.
Your lymph is a fluid that removes toxins and waste from body tissues. Massage helps to reduce excess fluid in the tissue by increasing lymphatic drainage and the removal of waste from the system. It can also boost the immune system by increasing white blood cell count.
Effects on the Nervous System
The nervous system is a communication and instruction network composed of the brain, spinal chord and nerves, it works hand in hand with the endocrine system which regulates the functions of the entire body by releasing hormones.
Recent studies have shown that therapeutic massage stimulates the nervous system to produce the hormones which have a positive effect on our bodies while at the same time reducing the production of unwanted chemicals that can make us feel unhealthy; therefore acheiving the desired physical response in our bodies to achieve homeostasis.
It helps to reduce pain and make you feel better by the release of endorphins, (the body’s pain reliever), increasing serotonin levels and dopamine.
Effects on the Skin
Massage helps remove dead skin cells over the entire body for improved skin tone and elasticity of the skin. The stimulated blood flow benefits the appearance and health of the skin increasing nutrition to the cells and encouraging cell regeneration . It increases sebum production, helping to improve the skin’s suppleness and resistance to infection and the massage oil provides moisturizing and other benefits to the skin, depending on the oil used.
Effects on the Respiratory System
Massage deepens and normalizes the breathing pattern through relaxation, and release of tension in the breathing structures (the rib cage and the muscles of respiration), it also slows down the rate of respiration due to the reduced stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system.
Effects on the Digestive System
Massage can stimulate peristalsis in the large intestine, helping to relieve constipation, colic and gas. It also promotes the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which stimulates digestion and improves mixing actions.
Effects on the Urinary System
Massage stimulates the urinary system by enabling the waste products in the body to be eliminated more effectively. Water retention and edema can be helped by regular massage as the function of the kidneys is increased.
Massage Benefits for the Elderly
With regular massage, the quality of life is greatly increased, allowing the older patients to feel younger, healthier, and balanced. It can increase their range of motion and boosts natural energy levels and mental awareness. It will help to address aches, pains and stiffness, calm the mind and body, and the added benefit of touch also helps with feelings of loneliness and isolation.