What is Reflexology
Reflexology is a natural healing art designed to relax, detox and balance by enhancing the natural flow of your body's energies.
Traced back as far as 2300BC in the physician's tomb of the Egyptian pyramids, Reflexology is indeed an ancient therapy that was also used in China, India, Japan and by Native American tribes. Reflexology is based upon the principle that there are reflexes in the feet that correspond to every gland, organ and area of the body.
Through application of pressure to these reflexes, tension is relieved, circulation improved and your body's natural healing capacity promoted. As a general rule, if you are well, then reflexology can help you stay healthy. If you are unwell, it can help you recover and maintain your health!
How Can Reflexology Benefit You?
Everyone benefits from reflexology. This deeply relaxing therapy is used to maintain optimal health and in my experience it can also help to alleviate many common conditions.
Some examples are:
Reflexology can help with very general things as well as specific conditions. It helps support speedy recovery from everyday illnesses and may also ease the symptoms of many long term conditions.
Reflexology cannot claim to cure or diagnose, instead Reflexologist's work alongside conventional medicine and other health professionals to further complement any medical intervention or treatment being undertaken.
How Much Does a Treatment Cost?
INITIAL TREATMENT - £45 (£5 extra for mobile visits)
This is approximately a 90 minute session which consists of a consultation and investigation session.
If necessary, a treatment plan can be formulated for future sessions.
FURTHER TREATMENTS AND 'ONE OFF' RELAXATION SESSIONS - £30
The 'hands on' time of these session last approximately one hour.
30 Minute Session - £18 (£20 for mobile visits)
20 Minute Taster Session - £10
Hormonal Balance - 60 mins. - £30
Reiki - Reflexology Combination - 90 mins. - £45
Where are the sessions held?
If you live in or around the Doncaster or Scunthorpe area, sessions can be held in the comfort of your own home. Locations which are further afield are possible by arrangement for a slightly increased fee to cover transport costs.
Sessions can also be held at my home in Belton. Parking is available at he front of the premises or down the drive. Access is through the sliding door on the right of the drive into the back, where you will be met at the door.
37 Sandtoft Road,
HOME VISITS ARE AVAILABLE
Are gift vouchers available?
GIFT VOUCHERS MAKE AN IDEAL PRESENT FOR MOTHERS DAY, BIRTHDAY OR SPECIAL OCCASION GIFT.
Vouchers can be purchased for half hour or 1 hour sessions or a block of treatments.
Initial sessions -45 for 90 mins. 5 extra for mobile visits)-
Half hour sessions - £18 (£20 mobile)
Full hour - £30
Contact Suzanne for further details on 077 917 53 888
When should I visit a Reflexologist?
You do not have to have a problem to benefit from a treatment, you can visit a reflexologist for the pleasure of being pampered and having a relaxing treatment or just to find time for yourself.
However, you could also benefit from a treatment when you are ill, stressed or just feeling ‘under the weather’ and run down
What happens during a treatment?
A first session usually involves a 15 minute (or thereabouts) preliminary talk or consultation where you will probably be asked about your medical history, diet and general health. Please note that relaxation and one off sessions, do NOT include a consultation.
An exploratory session will then commence, where the entire area of both feet (along with the calves), are investigated for signs of imbalance. A record is kept of the information gathered during this session, which will formulate the basis of future treatments in the form of a treatment plan.
Through the course of a session, certain reflexes may be sensitive. These tender spots (known as 'hot spots'), can point to imbalances or problems within the body and may be linked to energy blockages which can develop through stress, illness, trauma etc.
With gentle manipulation, the reflex on the foot gradually becomes less tender, which in turn can have a positive effect on specific problem areas of the body, at the same time easing away stress and tension.
Relaxing music will be playing in the background as you are settled comfortably into a reclining chair or couch, with pillows to support the head and knees. A light moisturising cream is used to gently massage toes, feet, ankles and calves.
At the end of a session, both practitioner and client will often feel thirsty and a glass of water will be offered. This can help flush out the kidneys and help the body rid itself of any toxins that may have been released during treatment.
'Hands on ' time for each treatment lasts approximately one hour.
During a course of treatment, progress is regularly reviewed and adapted if necessary, according to individual requirements.
How will I feel after a treatment?
After a Reflexology treatment, reactions vary, depending on the person.
However, it is common for your feet to feel warm and relaxed and you may feel sleepy or energised.
Your body could feel hot or even shivery as your blood pressure changes when you are relaxed or revitalised.
Generally the tiredness is short lived and is often followed by an increased boost in energy (especially after a good nights sleep). Many of my clients report an increase in energy levels with an improved sleeping pattern during a course of treatment.
Occasionally, you may experience reactions when the body begins its self-healing process and elimination of toxins.
These reactions may include:
These reactions are only temporary and should clear within 24 hours. They are positive signals that your body has responded to Reflexology and is balancing itself. If reactions do not subside after 24 hours please contact Suzanne as we may be able to organise a short treatment to help relieve any reaction.
After treatment, do take the time to relax and benefit from the session. Try to avoid alcohol for 24 hours, as the Reflexology could speed up the effect that this stimulant has on the body.
Very occasionally, a person may experience an apparent worsening of symptoms for a longer period of time. (In rare cases, this can be for up to 4 weeks during the initial stages of treatment).
This is part of the healing process (sometimes calles 'the healing crisis') and at the end of this period, symptoms start to ease considerably as the body balances itself and comes back to homeostasis.
Can the therapist feel where the sensitive/problem areas are?
A professionally trained reflexologist can detect subtle changes in specific points on the feet, they will be feeling for minute variations in the foot, skin and tissues. Their hands and finger tips can grow extremely sensitive and problem areas can often be felt before the client says anything.
All therapists develop there own way of working, Suzanne's experience of the working process is as follows:
The skin can be less pliable or as soft as it should be. Other areas may feel grainy or 'crackly' as I run my fingers over the skin.
As I work a problem area, which is often sensitive, I instinctively know I need to work the area and how much pressure to use.
It is sensation which arises in my body which is difficult to describe.
I perceive a problem area as a constriction, a lump or a feeling of tension in the area I am working.
Are there any age restrictions on who can have a treatment?
Reflexology is a safe treatment for people of all ages - there are no upper or lower age limits!
Children under the age of 16 will require parental consent before a treatment can be given.
The reflexologist will adjust the pressure which is applied, according to what is needed for the individual.
How can reflexology balance and revitalise me?
We live in a very busy and stressful world, and constantly ignore our body's calls to slow down and relax. Reflexology is an extremely relaxing therapy, and many clients drift into a very deep state of relaxation. Occasionally people will fall asleep but not usually for long, and if they do its usually because it is what the body needs. This enables the body's own healing mechanisms to work and encourages the body's own energy flow, which enables the body and mind to rediscover it's own state of balance.
I'm funny about my feet being touched, will it tickle / hurt?
This is a very common question from first time clients who can sometimes not like their feet being touched. However, I haven't yet had one of them not return for further treatments! A reflexologist uses a measured level of pressure on the feet, which does not tickle, and is not painful. Sometimes where a reflex is imbalanced, the area may initially be tender, (like a knot in a muscle when someone massages it), sore or sharp. This would indicate that these reflexes are out of balance, so the reflexologist will work gently to rebalance these reflexes, sometimes using the 'linking' procedure. Reflexologist's always work to a comfortable pressure for the client, so the treatment remains relaxing and yet effective. Clients with very ticklish feet are surprised at how they are able to tolerate a treatment, and usually comment that it is not what they expected!
Can I still have a treatment if I have a verruca, wart or athletes foot?
Yes. The reflexologist will either cover the infected area with a plaster or some micro pore tape.
This is to prevent cross infection. If you do have either of these conditions please inform the reflexologist prior to the treatment.
How often should I see a Reflexologist?
If you are in good health, and are looking to maintain this, the reflexologist will recommend a monthly treatment to keep your body in balance.
One off relaxation sessions can be booked as and when they are required.
Many clients will book monthly, fortnightly or weekly sessions depending on their budget.
Initially, it is often more beneficially to have weekly treatments as the effects of the treatment are cumulative.
When a specific problem or imbalance is being targeted, it can take from 1 to 4 weeks for the benefits to be felt.
Initial monthly sessions are beneficial, but you can lose some of the cumulative effect.
This could well result in treatments needing to be sustained for a longer period of time.
Often, the time between sessions, can be lengthened as treatment progresses.
Sometimes one or two sessions is all that's required to bring relief!