Clinical Reflexology:

Clinical Reflexology

 

This therapy with its gentle, non-invasive emphasis on precision alternating pressure works on the reflex points and meridians of the feet (If we can’t work on the feet we can work on the hands, face and ears.) to help relieve symptoms.

Mobile-Reflexology lays great importance on calming stress.

Reflexology is the perfect way to allow our own healing systems to come ‘on-line.’ The value of deep relaxation and allowing the ‘go’ button in our heads to switch off cannot be overestimated.

'If' I'd known I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of myself. (Leon Eldred.)

Holistic Palliative Care

Some people undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy unfortunately may experience unpleasant side effects.

They and their relatives/carers can also share the emotional roller coaster of stress, anxiety, depression and fear.

Reflexology and our other therapies can be a useful aid and support for sufferers and carers through this difficult time.

Reflexology and pregnancy

Reflexology is a wonderful, safe and supportive therapy for mum and baby.

Regular treatment during pregnancy can help relieve - morning sickness, stress, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, back ache. Sympathetic treatment can also help resolve any emotional issues that may arise at this time.

Reflexology and dementia (Alzheimer’s disease)

Reflexology and associated complementary therapies have value for both carers and dementia sufferers.

Helps with sleep problems, anxieties, calms and de-stresses.

May help alleviate the effects of cancer treatments.

Nursing staff have noted that dementia sufferers may not require as much medication when having regular treatments.

Clinical Reflexology An Overview:

Reflexology is not a medicine in the conventional sense, no medical diagnosis is made, there is no promises to ‘cure’ specific ailments.

So, - if we don’t cure anything – what are our goals?

Our aim is to assist the client to re-balance and re-energise their own natural internal healing systems to promote an harmonious homeostatic balance in which health and well being are naturally occurring states.

We believe that by working holistically through the feet, hands or ears the client can achieve and maintain good physical and mental health before illness and disease can arise.

Reflexology may be thought of as part art and part science.

The art is in the empathic awareness which underlies each treatment. The areas of the foot to be treated, the pressure applied, the length of a treatment, may differ from treatment to treatment and even within a treatment.

The recognition by the therapist of the evolving and ever changing flow and ebb of the energetic and physical properties of the foot and their therapeutic relationships constitutes an unspoken but vital layer of communication between therapist and client and has profound importance to the outcome of treatment.

Often, at first meeting, a client will object to having their feet touched on the grounds 'That my feet are ugly, damaged, smelly, not fit to be seen' or, 'I cannot stand my feet being tickled.' Reassurance may be given that a reflexologists touch will not cause a tickly sensation and that negative self perceptions of the foot are usually over stated.

Corns, hammertoes, veins, warts, etc., are all useful diagnostic indicators for the clinical reflexologist. It is wonderful to observe a nervous, anxious client very quickly melting into a hypnogogic state which can slide into a relaxing snooze with the surprised client having to be gently awakened at the end of the session.

I believe that much healing is done by the client in this totally benign relaxed state.

Clients may come to treatment in pain or are afraid that treatment is going to cause pain. In early stages of treatment some clients may complain that the therapist is digging in with a thumbnail or scratching them with a sharp tool (NB – reflexologists keep their nails very short and use the edge of the ball of the thumb or finger to create their working pressure. Any instruments such as a Gua Sha board that the therapist might employ must be shown, described and permission granted by the client before use.)

Perception of pain may be physical as it relates to an underlying condition, often I suspect that reports of pain may have their origins in an emotional or physical trauma, perhaps going back into childhood which cannot be easily described in words, so pain may be both psychological and physiological.

Many disease processes, such as some cancers (and their medical treatments,) can produce profound and excruciating levels of pain, discomfort and nausea, in helping the client deal with these processes it can be helpful to therapist and client to acknowledge that pain and discomfort have a profound and lasting effect on the whole person which is best dealt with by a holistic whole body view of treatment.

Sometimes a client will neglect to inform the therapist of something they have either forgotten, or do not consider to be important or are too embarrassed to mention which may have implications as to the treatment plan outlined by the therapist. An empathic and holistic awareness by the therapist can help overcome any such problematic areas.

For example, a few years ago I attended an old lady who had been given some gift certificates by her daughter for some reflexology treatments. At her clinical assessment the old lady insisted that her health was good and that she had not had any major illness/ operations for many years. When I gave her reflexology it was apparent that in the kidney reflexes there was a deficiency and a disturbing lack of energy. The client insisted throughout subsequent treatments that she had no problems in that area. - it was not until near the end of her course that the client suddenly observed that she had forgotten to tell me that she had a kidney removed some years earlier!

The approach to treatment may be quite different between someone with dementia, a cancer sufferer, or someone who has hurt their back playing golf at the weekend.

The science lies in an extensive knowledge of the relevant anatomy and physiology of the foot and how this applies to other areas of the body.

I see increasing number of women who have a difference in leg length, this may be due to wearing high heels which can throw the hips out of alignment, this may result in spinal distortion, which often leads to headaches or stiff neck or lower back pain.

From an Eastern holistic perspective we are concerned with the free flow of energy. It is believed that symptoms of illness or disease originate with a blockage of energy. (Think of a drainage ditch which is choked with leaves and mud, the water behind the blockage is unmoving, stagnant, opaque, thick with sediment. The farmer comes and clears the debris, after a little time the water runs clear and smooth.) So with the energy in our bodies.

All our therapies are concerned with creating this free flow, because where there is a free flow of energy it is thought symptoms of disease will naturally disperse.

This energy or Qi (pronounced chee) flows through the meridians which are a distinct and separate set of structures from the nervous system recognised by doctors. (In recent years biophysicists have isolated what appears to be channels within the cellulose of the skin which have a different chemistry to surrounding tissues and which may be where Qi flows.)

There are important meridians which either begin or end in the foot or hands, i.e. in the foot we have Bladder/Kidney, Stomach/Spleen, Gallbladder/Liver. Working on these points and surrounding tissue, either tonifying or sedating, may have an outcome in parts of the body distant from the area being worked.

What you can expect from your therapist :

  • Insured and accountable with appropriate qualifications
  • Works within their competence
  • Will refer on to GP or other appropriate health worker if medical conditions are detected which go beyond complementary treatment
  • Will consult with client and make appropriate recommendations to supplement treatment
Common Conditions Under ‘common conditions’ on the main menu, we have listed some areas of concern that present themselves on a fairly regular basis. If you feel you have symptoms not covered – please contact us to discuss your issues and see if we can help!

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