Reflexology in Wirral
Reflexology is a very simple therapy which can have amazing results. It is based on the theory that various areas of your feet known as 'reflexes', appear to have a direct relation to corresponding areas of your body.
Suitable for all ages, many people use Reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress.
Reflexology is a gentle, holistic therapy which may encourage your body to heal itself, treating the whole person not just your prevailing symptoms.
Reflexology is the technique of applying gentle pressure to reflex areas on the feet to stimulate the body's own healing process thereby aiding your body to recover naturally, bring about a state of deep relaxation and to restore, maintain and promote good health.
The reflexes are incredibly specific and through touching them an experienced therapist may detect even the smallest imbalance in any of the systems of the body; working on these points may affect the corresponding organ or system of the body.
I will use my knowledge, experience and sensitivity to decide which reflexes need extra work and how much pressure to use on them to bring the systems back into balance and achieve optimum health.
Reflexology is now recognised as a well established, natural and effective complementary therapy which can assist alongside orthodox medicine.
The possibilities for reflexology in the future are vast, and it is a very exciting time for this wonderful therapy. I hope that one day it will be as accepted as acupuncture and respected by more of the health professionals as more of its benefits are realised, although interest is now increasing quickly....
What is Reflexology?
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients. To find out more about reflexology visit our interactive reflexology foot chart and Interactive reflexology hand chart. To watch members of the public talk about how reflexology has helped them please visit our youtube channel.
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Reflexology for Stress
The stress hormone, cortisol, is public health enemy number one. Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels: interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease.
Our emotions greatly impact our well-being and health. Once we feel an emotion, our autonomic nervous system is activated and our body responds with stress in the form of blood pressure increase and fast heart rate. Also, stress can encourage cortisol release and production. People who are depressed have a high cortisol level. This stress hormone impacts the body’s neuropeptides, as well as our social skills and behaviour.
Depression is a condition which can impact the entire body. It changes how we think about ourselves and other people. Depression impacts our nervous system, influences how we react to some situations, and changes our mood. Although depression can be treated and managed with traditional medicine, reflexology has promised to work wonders in terms of depression treatment.
How Reflexology Generally Works
The idea behind reflexology is that some foot zones correspond to some anatomical body parts. It is believed that applying pressure to such points can promote healing in some parts of the body. Reflexology is aimed at promoting health in body organs and releasing stress from the body. In this therapy, the feet and hand are mapped to spot particular points which correspond to body parts and systems. By stroking, massaging, and applying pressure to such points, therapy can unblock energy flow and release tension. According to Ancient Chinese philosophy, energy flow can be blocked and cause diseases like depression. Also, reflexology can promote better blood circulation and break down the buildup of lactic acid crystals in the feet.
Reflexologists are trained to help balance the mind and body and to maintain this state of homeostasis the body needs to run smoothly. When there is a malfunction in the body it is thrown off balance. Reflexology helps to sustain a natural equilibrium in every gland, organ, muscle, tissue and cell in the body through stimulation of pressure points, called reflexes on the hands and feet.
Stress is a normal physical response to events when a person feels threatened, upset or their equilibrium is threatened in some way. At this point, the body's defences kick into a rapid, automatic process known as the fight-or-flight reaction, or the stress response. When there is a perceived threat, the nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action and the blood pressure rises, the heart beats faster, senses become sharper and, for a brief period, stamina and strength can increase. These reactions are life preserving but many people live at this heightened state of anxiety all the time and that can take a physical, chemical and psychological toll on a person that impinges on every aspect of their life.
Work-related stress has only recently been recognised as one of the major causes of some of the most costly, time-robbing health problems for business; millions of working days are lost by illness and injury, mostly millions are from stress, anxiety, and depression.
Reflexology for Fertility
Fertility reflexology is a complementary health therapy for individuals and couples who hope to improve their overall health and fertility. The focus of fertility reflexology is to reduce stress and restore natural balance in the body while gently focusing on the reflexes associated with fertility and the reproductive system.
There are many factors which can effect fertility and others which may naturally improve the chances of conceiving.
Good physical health,
Positive lifestyle choices
Reflexology can be part of a holistic approach to improving a couples fertility. It is suitable for men and women and both partners are encouraged to receive reflexology treatments as part of joint holistic approach to improving fertility.
Treatments are relaxing and help to stimulate over 5000 nerve endings in the feet with many positive physical and emotional effects.
When an individual or couple experience ongoing problems with fertility, it can be a difficult and emotional time.
Reflexology is a positive holistic approach to reducing some of these symptoms.
Helps to reduce stress, tension and anxiety.
Helps calm and balance the nervous system & endocrine system.
Can help to balance hormones.
Is a positive proactive holistic approach to improving fertility.
Can be received by both men and women.
May help to regulate ovulation and the menstrual cycle.
Stimulates endorphin release which is the feel good hormone.
Helps to try create a balanced environment for conception to take place.
Encourages the body to cope more effectively with the effects of stress.
Stimulates the various systems in the body.
Improves circulation and blood flow to the reproductive system.
Provides emotional support and encouragement.
A safe, warm and relaxing therapeutic experience.
Is a proactive approach to improving fertility and general health.
Reflexology during pregnancy
Are you feeling tired, uncomfortable, or nauseous in your pregnancy? You may be surprised to know that an ancient form of healing called reflexology can actually help treat many common pregnancy ailments and even help you during your labour
Is reflexology in pregnancy safe?
Obviously when you are pregnant you want to make sure that everything you do is safe for both you and your baby. Midwife Hannah Hulme Hunter says, “Reflexology is generally considered safe in pregnancy, provided all is well with your pregnancy and your reflexologist knows that you’re pregnant.” However, some reflexologists will not treat a pregnant woman during the first trimester. The Association of Reflexologists (AOR) says that this is due to a misplaced patient fear that reflexology may cause a miscarriage.
“There is no evidence to even suggest that this may be the case,” the AOR says. “However, as miscarriages are more common in the first term of pregnancy, some reflexologists are not prepared to take the risk that the client may blame them should a miscarriage occur.”
In their book, A Complete Guide to Foot Reflexology, authors Kevin and Barbara Kunz say, “A miscarriage is a reaction of the body, NOT a reaction to reflexology. Under no circumstances has reflexology ever been shown to have caused the body to do something it didn’t want to do.” Hannah’s advice to expectant mothers would be to contact a qualified reflexologist who specialises in pregnancy for further information.
When should it be avoided?
Although there are very few contraindications to reflexology, it should be undertaken by a qualified practitioner, preferably with experience in all stages of pregnancy.
Kevin Kunz recommends, “Reflexology is like exercise. It should be done gradually and within your comfort range.” However, there are some conditions where reflexology in pregnancy should be avoided altogether and these include:
Pre-term labour – at any time before 37 weeks gestation
Placenta previa – if Grade II or III after 32 weeks gestation
Hydroamnios – if there is too much amniotic fluid around the baby
after 32 weeks gestation
Suzanne Ezner, a midwife and reflexologist, also advises women with some conditions to seek medical advice before having reflexology. These include:
Women with a risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
Women with a risk of pre-eclampsia
She also suggests that in cases where the mother-to be is diabetic she should be asked to check her blood sugar before and after treatments, as reflexology helps to balance the endocrine system and insulin production.
How can it help?
The Association of Reflexologists says, “Nearly everyone can benefit from having reflexology during pregnancy.”
Baby world moderator and complementary therapist Lynne Morgan says, “It is very successful in the treatment of a wide variety of pregnancy discomforts and conditions. “During labour itself, it can be used for relaxation and pain relief and research has shown that women who have regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy have far shorter labours than those who don’t.” Practitioner Valerie Lowe recommends that both expectant parents have reflexology during pregnancy to help couples during the emotional changes of pregnancy and birth. Other benefits include:
Relief from common pregnancy ailments such as morning sickness, back
ache, fluid retention and swelling
Adjusting to the demands of coping with a new baby
Support as your menstrual cycle returns to normal
As well as this, much research has shown that reflexology is excellent for maintaining or increasing milk supply as well as helping with postnatal depression and general relaxation.