I trained as a reflexologist with the Bayly School in 1995 and I am a member of the BRA (British Reflexology Association). I have over 20 years experience treating both men and women through reflexology practice in the UK and Singapore.
Reflexology And How It Works
Your feet are a perfect microcosm of your body. There are over 7,000 nerve endings in the feet and reflexology uses these reflexes to create positive change within the body. Reflexology is an ideal form of treatment for many general health conditions and to prepare the body for pregnancy and birth.
Men, women, children and babies enjoy the treatment, which is relaxing as well as therapeutic. Usually both feet are treated, but occasionally a client will benefit from hand reflexology if their feet are unable to be treated for some reason.
Before the first treatment the reflexologist will chat to you about your past and present health and lifestyle. The treatment lasts 45-60 minutes (less for babies and children). You only need to remove your shoes and socks for treatment and lie or sit upright on a massage couch. Gentle but firm pressure is applied by the reflexologist’s hands to both feet (one at a time) throughout the treatment.
What Can Be Treated With Reflexology?
Reflexology treatment is ideal for stress and anxiety, Insomnia, backache, chronic health conditions such as arthritis and ear nose and throat problems, hormone imbalance, sub-fertility and many other conditions. It does not replace conventional medical treatment for acute episodes of ill health.
Reflexology In Pregnancy
Your body will go through significant changes that will affect the emotional, hormonal and physiological balance of your body. Reflexology can help to alleviate discomfort arising from this imbalance and restore the body’s natural state of well-being.
Reflexology is a wonderful way of helping you through the myriad of changes of motherhood. It is not however, recommended if there is a history of premature labour, severe hypertension, placenta praevia or recent vaginal bleeding. If you suspect any problems in your pregnancy it is important to contact your doctor or midwife.
Reflexology can be used for any of the following reasons during pregnancy – general relaxation, relief of stress and anxiety, increase energy levels, insomnia and sleep problems, heartburn, backache, nausea and vomiting, high blood pressure, oedema (swelling) of hands and feet, ligament and groin pain, symphysis pubis dysfunction, sciatica, constipation, cystitis, carpel tunnel syndrome.
Reflexology In Labour
Research has shown that regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy can reduce the incidence of very post mature babies (after 41 weeks) and shorten the duration of labour, with many women requiring less pain-relief. Other benefits include helping to initiate labour, providing some pain relief, co-ordination and acceleration of regular contractions, reducing the chance of a retained placenta.
Reflexology After Birth
Reflexology can help to reduce postnatal problems for you and your baby. It is used to help with inadequate lactation, engorged breasts, urine retention, constipation, backache, stress and anxiety problems, sleep problems and postnatal depression.