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What is Reflexology? How can it Help me?

Used alongside other therapies, and without ignoring medical advice, Reflexology can contribute to the ease or improvement of:

Stress-related conditions / Back Pain / IBS / Sleep Disorders / Depression and Anxiety / Headaches / pre conception, pregnancy and post natal care / Hormonal Imbalances / Arthritis…

Reflexology is a method of compression of the reflexes found in the feet believed to be related to different zones in the body. Reflexology encourages relaxation, improves circulation. Reflexology helps the body to balance and heal itself. It can provide energy as well as relieve stress. It can also be a form of preventive healthcare. Reflexology helps you to know your body better and to learn to listen to its needs.

Reflexology for Cancer and Palliative Care:

Using the most gentle and therapeutic techniques (linking, creative imagery, Energetic Field Reflexology, lower leg lymphatic massage…), specialised reflexology for cancer and palliative care can help improve the quality of life of the cancer patient (including his/her physical, emotional and psychological well being) whilst supporting the treatments and care he/she is already receiving.

Some possible benefits of using reflexology in palliative care:
- Can help to relieve anxiety, stress and depression
- Can help improve sleep
- Often found to help in reducing pain (see Watts, 2010)
- Can help boost the immune system
- May help reduce ankle oedemas
- Non-invasive, practical and adaptable
- Allows for either quiet relaxation or communication
- Helps balance the body
- Can boost energy levels and improve a sense of well being

Reflexology can also be of benefit to the families/carers of people with cancer.

Shorter, more regular treatments are usually required to suit the needs of people with cancer or undergoing/recovering from cancer treatments. An individual treatment plan can be worked out following initial consultation and assessment. Liaison with other health professionals and carers is very welcome, even recommended. Should they wish to and at no extra charge, carers may want to follow the therapist’s direction and guidance to learn simple soothing and relieving reflexology techniques to use in between the therapist visits, therefore increasing the overall benefits of the treatment plan set out.


Reflexology for Conception, Pregnancy, Labour, and post natal care

The specialised reflexology treatments we are able to offer my clients can help in various ways.

Phase 1: Preparing a healthy, balanced environment for conception
Phase 2: Encouraging ovulation and balanced hormone production.
Phase 3: Pregnancy care from week 14-37.
Phase 4: Encouraging a natural onset of labour, week 37 on.
Phase 5: Reflexology for post natal care

Pre conception and pre labour reflexology is not a one off miracle solution, but rather a natural method of working in partnership with your body to prepare for conception and/or birth. Specialised preconception reflexology is not meant to be given as a one off treatment and is unlikely to give results in that way.

Usual treatment plans will tend to follow this pattern:
- Pre conception: 2 treatments/month, between the onset of your period and ovulation.
- Pregnancy: A minimum of one treatment a month from 12 weeks onward.
- Pre labour: A minimum of one treatment a week from 37 weeks and as many as possible – even daily if necessary – when overdue.


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