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Reflexology

Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease - Hippocrates

Dating back to ancient Egypt, China and India, reflexology is a non-invasive holistic therapy, a treatment you can have at any age from newborns to those whose years are more advanced. It works on the idea that each system and organ in the body has a corresponding reflex in the feet, hands, head and ears. Pressure techniques applied to these areas stimulate the organs and systems within the body and any imbalances can be detected and worked on. This brings about a sense of equilibrium and deep relaxation supporting the body in its own healing process.

Looking at the body as a whole allows not only the symptoms of a problem to be treated, but can also get to the root cause. For example stress manifests in the body in a variety of ways including insomnia, anxiety and IBS to name a few. By working on all of the systems especially the central nervous system, stress levels can be reduced and the corresponding ailments can lessen over time.

Reflexology shouldn’t be used as a tool for diagnosis or a cure for illnesses but it has been known to:

  • improve health and wellbeing
  • boost the immune system
  • increase energy levels
  • stimulate nerve function

Many of my clients also have treatments for:

  • backache, muscle and joint problems
  • migraines and headaches
  • stress and anxiety
  • insomnia and sleep disorders
  • menopausal and menstrual tension
  • hormonal imbalances
  • digestive problems
  • circulatory problems
  • skin conditions i.e. eczema
  • respiratory conditions i.e. sinusitis
  • allergies and hay fever

Pre and post-natal reflexology

There are a number of reasons today why people struggle to conceive and in some cases infertility cannot be explained. Reflexology can aid in balancing the hormonal and reproductive systems (regulating menstrual cycles to encourage ovulation, easing symptoms of PCOS and endometriosis) in the body as well as promoting a deep sense of relaxation, creating a less stressed environment for fertility to occur. 

As a non-invasive therapy, reflexology is the perfect treatment to carry you through your trimesters all the way in preparation for labor. Not only a wonderfully relaxing treatment reflexology can help with common symptoms of pregnancy such as:

  • sickness and nausea
  • mood changes
  • sciatica, lower back pain and SPD
  • fatigue
  • constipation
  • high blood pressure
  • insomnia
  • indigestion and heartburn

Even though there is no evidence that reflexology induces labor it can promote a sense of harmony allowing the body to naturally go into labor. Certain reflexes can be stimulated after 37 weeks preparing the body for birth but wont cause the body to go into labor prematurely.

Post natal reflexology can help rebalance the body’s hormones and aid in the recovery of:

  • post natal depression and blues
  • lactation
  • aftercare from c-section
  • aftercare from foreceps delivery
  • aching joints and cramps
  • fatigue

If you are in any doubt please consult your GP or midwife.

Metamorphic technique

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty – Maya Angelou

Through gentle touch to the spinal reflex in the feet, hands and head, metamorphic technique aims to incite the power of our own innate healing energy to know what’s best for us. As the word suggests, metamorphosis is the transformation of where we are now into who we are to become. If ever you’ve felt the sluggish plateau of being “stuck” or even prolonged periods of boredom, Groundhog Day and always coming up against a brick wall it’s an indication to shed the skin you’re currently in and rebirth. MT aids in loosening the tensions and shocks held in the body from the past allowing you to move forward.

MT is suitable for anyone at any age as it’s an incredibly gentle treatment.

Gaston Saint-Pierre developed metamorphic technique in the 1970’s after intense study with his tutor Robert St John. St John worked primarily on the spinal reflex and through his observations he discovered that on applying gentle touch along this reflex, emotions and memories from his clients started to form of early childhood, specifically about the mother and father. Saint-Pierre took his observations further but added the element of detachment to the treatment, which simply allows the client to have their feelings but to let them be. This means that the practitioner is merely the observer of transformation in the client and doesn’t seek to influence or direct the outcome of the treatment.