About Reflexology

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What is Reflexology?

 

Reflexology is a non-invasive, holistic complementary therapy. Zones and reflex points on the feet, hands and ears correspond to organs and systems within the body. By applying pressure to these areas using a variety of specialised techniques, this can stimulate the body’s own healing systems and promote natural recovery, the relief of stress and feelings of well-being.

 

A Brief History

 

Reflexology, in various forms, has been practiced for thousands of years. The earliest ‘evidence’ is shown on the tomb of an Egyptian physician called Ankhmahor, dating from 2500 BCE (Before Common Era).

Methods of working on the feet, hands and ears have been documented in many civilisations as the practice was passed along ancient trade routes. The modern therapy of reflexology was pioneered in the 1930s by Eunice Ingham. She charted the reflexes on the feet in detail and developed variable pressure techniques.

 

Reflexology is now widely recognised by the medical profession and is available in many hospitals and GP surgeries. Its positive effects have been, and continue to be the subject of evidenced-based research.

What are the benefits of reflexology and will it help me?

Reflexology holistically treats the whole person and not just their symptoms.

Jan places her clients at the centre of their reflexology therapy and path to recovery by creating personalised treatment plans. As a complementary therapy, alongside conventional medical care, reflexology can help to improve quality of life and bring comfort to clients living with certain chronic conditions.

 

The main benefits are:

  • Supports people living with illness

  • Reduces stress

  • Increases relaxation and reduces tension

  • Improves sleep

  • Increases well-being

  • Improves mood

Stress and Anxiety

The damaging effects of stress and how reflexology may help.

Stress is a response in the body known as ‘fight or flight’. This is automatically activated by the brain in a perceived threatening situation. Hormones such as adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol are released to prepare the body for physical action. The body undergoes physical changes such as increased heart rate and breathing, tense muscles and an increase in blood sugar. In addition, the digestive, immune and reproductive systems are repressed as they are not needed to remove us from danger. Please see Blog for more information and further help with stress and anxiety.

 

Prolonged exposure to stress can cause health problems such as:

  • Headaches

  • Weakened immune system

  • Heartburn

  • Insomnia

  • Depression

  • Digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart disease

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Breathing problems

  • Fertility problems

  • Menstrual problems

  • Low sex drive

 

Reflexology helps to return the body to a natural equilibrium, maintaining a state of homeostasis. It can be effective in reducing and controlling stress and anxiety symptoms, helping to achieve a sense of relaxation and well-being.

Jan Johnson Reflexology does not aim to diagnose, cure or prescribe. Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice. If appropriate, you may be referred to your GP or other heath/complementary health professional.

 
 

About Jan

I am a Clinical Reflexologist and I was fortunate to train with Allison Walker at Contemporary Reflexology College, gaining a Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology, which is currently the highest-level reflexology qualification in the UK. As part of this course I also qualified in Level 4 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology.

 

As a member of the professional organisations; the Association of Reflexologists (AoR) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), I am committed to upholding their high standards of practice and ethics.

 

With a qualification in Natural Sciences, my recent career was in Life Sciences Corporate Communications. I gained a fascination with reflexology while receiving regular treatments during my recovery from illness. It was amazing how it helped me relax and regain my strength and well-being. A redundancy at work made me question my life choices. I wanted to pursue a career with more meaning where I could make a positive difference to people. My thoughts turned to reflexology and it seemed to be perfect. I sought valuable advice and guidance from my reflexologists who encouraged me to ‘go for it’!

 

I now have the skills to help my clients, which is incredibly rewarding, and the power of reflexology continues to amaze me.

 

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