Reflexology

Reflexology Foot Massage. Practitioner applying pressure to client’s foot stimulates energy and releases blockages that cause pain or illness

Reflexology

Creating a bespoke treatment plan to balance the mind, body and soul.

'If you’re feeling out of kilter, don’t know why or what about

Let your feet reveal the answer, find the spot and work it out.'

Eunice Ingham (developer of the science of reflexology)

Clinical reflexology is a complementary therapy which follows the principle that the body is mapped on the feet, hand and ears. By applying pressure to these specific areas using the thumbs and fingers, a clinical reflexologist can help to identify areas of imbalance and create a  treatment plan, tailored to the individual needs of the client.

One hour treatment: £48

What is Reflexology ?

Our feet hold valuable information which is often neglected in studies of body language. Over millions of years our limbic system made sure that our feet and legs react instantly to threat of or actual danger, and their reliability has assured our survival. Our feet allow us to walk, run & play and contribute to our quality of life, even intimacy, as well as our protection.Psychologists and physicians have studied the language of the feet for decades and suggest that emotions as well as physical ailments can manifest in the feet.

Clinical reflexology is a complementary therapy which follows the principle that the body is mapped on the feet, hand and ears. By applying pressure to these specific areas using the thumbs and fingers, a reflexologist can help to identify areas of imbalance and create a treatment plan, tailored to the individual needs of the client.

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How does Reflexology work?

Pressure applied in a specific way, can help stimulate the nerves and blood flow to the corresponding area of the body, helping to promote the body’s own healing processes, to bring balance to the affected area of the body. In my experience, the feet can act as a gateway to the soul/sole, allowing healing to take place on a deeper emotional and spiritual level.

Who could benefit from reflexology?

Reflexology is suitable for all age groups from young babies & young children to teenagers and the elderly .It is a deeply relaxing therapy for all ,but can be particularly useful in relieving the symptoms of stress. Stress can affect how we feel emotionally, mentally and physically and long term stress can be detrimental to our health and well-being.

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Symptoms of stress

  • Feeling anxious or fearful

  • Lacking in self esteem

  • Racing thoughts

  • Constant worrying

  • Headaches

  • Muscle tension or pain

  • Dizziness

  • Sleep problems

  • Tiredness

  • Digestive & appetite problems

  • Teeth grinding

  • High blood pressure

  • Sexual difficulties

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What to expect during a reflexology treatment

At your initial consultation Andi will compete a health & lifestyle questionnaire and discuss your expectations and health goals. Obtaining this information will allow her to create a bespoke treatment plan for you and this will be regularly reviewed and updated. A full investigatory reflexology treatment will be carried out in a warm & relaxing environment after care advice will be given before you leave.

You can expect your first visit to last between 60-75 minutes.

Subsequent visits will planned with you and will vary with each individual. Many of our clients like to book a monthly “maintenance “ treatment but this will be discussed with you during your visit and is purely optional.

Follow up visits will be based upon your treatment plan and also any changes you may have experienced during the week. This will last approx. 60 mins.

Are there any contraindications to reflexology?

Please give Andi a call if you are experiencing an acute illness such as flu symptoms or gastroenteritis – we would ask that you re-book to prevent spread of infection and to allow your body time to recover.

Andi is an retired nurse and experienced therapist, however reflexology would not be advised in some conditions, if you are unsure please call before booking. Andi is qualified to treat clients at all stages of pregnancy and also patients with a cancer diagnosis are most welcome to Barefoot Soul Sanctuary.

Hot Stone Reflexology

History

Stone therapy is an ancient therapy and the first recorded use of heated stones to relieve muscle pain dates back to circa 4000bc.Chinese practices included heating and cooling stones to activate circulation.Shamans and indigenous healers used stones and crystals of high vibration in their healing practice also. I have always been drawn to stones, collecting them since childhood, there is something about the wisdom they hold and the ability to help us feel grounded.

One hour treatment: £55

Benefits

The heat from the stones penetrate to a deeper level and may reach up to 7-8cms into the superficial layer of muscle; bringing about physiological changes as well as influencing the body’s internal energy flow (Chi) therefore bringing a balance to both body and mind.

Benefits - improve circulation as the heat vasodilator the capillaries

Promotes the release of tension in the muscles

Further promotes relaxation as the heat stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which slows the hear rate, increases blood flow and lymphatic circulation, boosting the immune system

Stones are used to ground and calm the nervous system

Use of stones in reflexology penetrates deeper into the tissues, resulting in 5 x longer lasting effects upon the body

Hot stones have been shown to reduce cortisol levels (stress hormone)

Contra-indications to hot stone therapy

There are certain conditions that hot stones may not be suitable for, such as diabetes, pregnancy and people taking blood thinning medications.Please check with Andi before booking this treatment.