Reflexology is a holistic therapy designed to treat the whole body by working on reflexes in the feet.
Reflexology was brought to the UK by Doreen Bailey in the 1960s. Doreen brought us the Ingham method but there are now many schools of reflexology training. It has become one of the most well known holistic treatments with significant positive anecdotal evidence to support claimed benefits. An increase in scientific studies into the efficacy of reflexology has meant a slight increase in endorsement by the medical profession in some areas.
Why choose reflexology?
Many people seek reflexology treatment for conditions such as:
- Joint pain
- Premenstrual Syndrome
The NHS employ complementary therapists who use reflexology in palliative care where they can help treat pain related to cancer, and help patients to cope better with side effects of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Charlotte is a fully qualified reflexologist with advanced level training in precision reflexology, and conception and maternity reflexology.
- Strictly Holistic Reflexology
A rejuvenating treatment working with reflexes in the feet to unblock energy pathways, and boost the body’s natural healing abilities. This treatment is most beneficial when experienced as a course of treatments.
Appointments are available on Wednesday afternoons till late, with some Thursday and Saturday availability. Once a treatment is purchased online please get in touch with Charlotte@strictlyholistic.com to arrange your session.
What to expect from a treatment
It is important to go through a consultation before you begin your treatment. The consultation will concentrate on your medical history, lifestyle and wellbeing and any contraindications to receiving the treatment. The treatment will only be carried out if the reflexologist is satisfied that it can be performed safely.
The reflexologist will spend around an hour working on specific reflexes on the feet that represent different areas of the body. For some this can feel like a very intricate foot massage and can include both light and deeper pressure. Many people will relax during their treatment – sometimes even enough to doze off! This is a fantastic complement to the reflexologist as it shows that the client has totally relaxed.
Reflexology should never be used as a diagnostic tool but it can give an inkling into areas of the body that are out of balance.
During the treatment the reflexologist may find areas on the feet that indicate a blockage of energy in the corresponding area of the body. More time may be spent on these reflexes to help release the blockage (and therefore any stress or tension it has been causing the client) and stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. Many people describe how relaxed or energised they feel during or after a treatment. However it is also possible to feel emotional, tired and/or light-headed as the body starts to naturally rebalance itself.
After the treatment:
- Keep hydrated after a treatment and avoid alcohol to help the body to rebalance.
- Enjoy some peaceful time to help your body and mind re adjust.
“If you’re feeling out of kilter, don’t know why or what about, let your feet reveal the answer, find the sore spot, work it out.”
Eunice Ingham, the mother of reflexology