What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary therapy which works on the principle that all organs, systems and glands of the body have nerve endings which terminate on the hands and feet. By applying gentle and systematic pressure to these reflex areas balance can be restored to the body. The history of reflexology dates back over 5000 years to ancient Egypt, India and Japan.
Many people use reflexology simply to relax and enjoy some valuable "me time", as our modern daily lives can often leave us feeling as though we are neglecting our own needs. As reflexologists, our aim is not to claim to cure, but to reduce stress and increase relaxation; there may well be an improvement in symptoms.
How can Reflexology help?
Reflexology is a complimentary therapy which promotes a feeling of wellbeing. It is an effective treatment for relieving stress, can improve circulation and helps remove toxins from the body.
Reflexology is suitable for everyone from babies to the elderly. Most people will benefit in some way, although there are a few contra-indications which will be checked for during the initial discussion.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your particular reason for seeking reflexology and how reflexology can benefit you as an individual.
What to expect from Reflexology?
A typical reflexology session will last approximately 1 hour, although the initial consultation will take longer as it includes a confidential discussion about your health and lifestyle.
You will only need to remove your shoes and socks.
The treatment includes a few warm-up techniques, followed by specific and systematic massage to the reflex areas found on the feet. It is a pleasant sensation and does not tickle due to the firm yet gentle pressure used.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese technique that reduces stress and promotes healing. It is made up of two words: Rei = Universal and Ki = Energy.
Whilst this simple definition is enough for most people to begin with, there is far more to reiki. People's lives are often changed for the better by receiving treatments or by studying the principles of reiki and perhaps becoming healers themselves.
In the West, reiki is usually seen as a means to help with physical ailments and conditions, but in fact reiki can help on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level; a concept that Western forms of medical practice are beginning to take seriously.
Clients remain fully clothed (apart from their shoes), asked to lay on a comfortable treatment table or recliner, and perhaps listen to some soothing music whilst you drift away and relax.. You can be covered with a blanket if you wish.
The only physical contact between the client and practitioner is when the client's head is gently cradled the hands, and a light touch on the shoulders. The rest of the treatment may involve the practitioner "scanning" the body with the hand a few inches above.
During the treatment, clients often describe having a floating sensation. They can feel strong heat from the practitioners' hands, or tingling. Some feel cool, hence the offer of the blanket.
Many report that it is like feeling the sun on their face, or that they see colours. Most report that it is deeply relaxing and some fall asleep during a treatment.
Rarely, people feel nothing at the time but report benefits later.
For the sceptics ...... No one was more so than I when it was first suggested to me I try a treatment. Energy is all around us. In its simplest form, we direct that energy for the benefit of the client.
A good analogy is: "The practitioner is the aerial and the client is the radio or TV set".
If you are interested in learning reiki, but have never experienced it before, we invite you to come for a treatment. The cost of this will be deducted from the price of the course.
Indian Head Massage (Champissage)
What is Indian Head Massage?
Indian head massage is a technique of manipulating soft tissues in the shoulders and scalp. The therapist uses a range of different massage pressures and rhythms to stimulate the head and neck area.
Indian Head Massage begins with working on the the upper back and shoulders. A combination of deep massage techniques and using pressure on release points helps to relax and loosen the muscles. Moving upwards, from the back into the shoulders and upper arms helps release tension in muscles to release stress and tension.
Often, Indian Head Massage includes a gentle face massage to aid circulation, improve skin tone, and reduce sinus and headache problems.
Indian Head Massage is an integral part of the Ayurvedic healing system that originated in India, millennia ago, and has been passed down through generations.
Indian Head Massage Benefits
- Aids the circulatory, muscular and nervous systems.
- Frees knots of muscular tension and relaxes connective tissue.
- Stimulates lymphatic flow.
- Reduces stress and can induce a feeling of wellbeing.
- Stimulates the skin and underlying nerve endings.
- Aids in the elimination of accumulated toxins.
- Effective in relieving the effects of stress.