Covid-19 Secure Hygiene Measures
For the safety of clients and myself during the Covid-19 pandemic, I have introduced extensive hygiene measures following the guidance of the UK Government and The Association of Reflexologists. I have received the Covid vaccination and undertake self-testing twice weekly. To allow for deep cleaning and to air the treatment room, there will be a longer time period between appointments.
What hasn’t changed?
The reflexology – you will receive the same therapeutic benefits, reducing stress and restoring balance to the body.
The relaxation – your special hour of total calm, improving your well-being and giving you much needed ‘time-out’.
Care and empathy – the same attention to your needs and bespoke, holistic treatment.
Risk assessment – I will text or call you before your appointment to go through a short risk assessment relating to Covid-19.
Face coverings – we will both need to wear a face covering to reduce possible transmission of the disease, so please bring one with you.
Hand sanitiser – I will ask you to sanitise your hands as you enter and leave (sanitiser is provided).
Blankets – I have had to minimise all soft furnishings so please bring a blanket with you for extra comfort.
Drinking water – it is important to drink plenty of water following reflexology. Please bring your own bottle of water.
Social distancing – please observe social distancing whenever possible.
Your Reflexology Experience
First Reflexology Discovery Session
Your first visit will begin with a Discovery Session. A comprehensive medical and lifestyle questionnaire is completed and we will discuss your goals that you would like reflexology to help with. You will then be able to relax and have a full reflexology treatment. I will note down any areas of imbalance which, along with the findings from your consultation, will enable me to build a personal, holistic treatment plan for your following treatments.
Subsequent Reflexology Sessions
We will begin with a brief discussion about your progress since your last visit, or any additional concerns or health issues you may have. I will then adapt your treatment plan as necessary. I may deliver your treatment on the feet, hands or ears, or a combination of each, as I work synergistically to give the most effective treatment for your presenting health issues. I may also offer aftercare advice and show you how to maximise your treatment by working the reflexes on your hands at home.
Frequently asked questions
Will it hurt?
The pressure is firm in most cases but it shouldn’t hurt. You may also feel discomfort on reflexes that are out of balance or congested. We will work together to ensure that the pressure is both comfortable and effective for you.
I’m ticklish. Will I be able to have reflexology?
Yes. Reflexology involves a degree of pressure and most clients are able to accept this without problems. If, however, your feet are still too tickly we can continue with hand/auricular reflexology.
What should I wear?
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing so that you can gain maximum relaxation. It is helpful if you are able to roll up trousers and sleeves to the knee and elbow. I will place a blanket over you for extra warmth.
Do you need any information from me?
During the initial Discovery Session, I will ask you about your medical history and lifestyle. I will also ask you about any medication that you are currently taking. You can be confident that this information is kept strictly confidential in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Please see 'More Info' for further guidance on what happens to your information.
Can I have reflexology if I’m pregnant?
Yes; you can have reflexology providing your general health is good, as there are some contraindications where reflexology is inappropriate. Many mums-to-be find it very calming and relaxing. Please contact your GP for advice before booking your appointment and providing your medical care team are happy for you to receive reflexology, then sessions may commence from the second trimester onwards.
How will reflexology make me feel?
Each person can react differently. Some clients feel relaxed and calm following reflexology; others feel invigorated and energised. Many clients have reported symptoms such as a runny nose, increased urination or increased bowel movements. This is a good indication that the treatment is working well and that toxins are moving out of the body.
Is reflexology the same as a foot massage?
No. I use precise techniques to stimulate reflexes which correspond to the systems of the body. I may also use hand and auricular (ear) reflexology.
Can reflexology diagnose what is wrong with me?
No. Reflexology is a complementary therapy which aims to encourage healing and reduce stress. It is used to maintain good health and well-being. Reflexology does not aim to replace conventional medicine. Please consult your GP if you are concerned about your health.
How may sessions will I need?
It will depend on your condition and health goals. It is unrealistic to expect problems that may have developed over some time, to have significantly improved after one visit. The speed of response also varies between individuals. I normally recommend 4 to 6 weekly sessions. This may be reduced to fortnightly and then monthly visits to maintain your good health and wellbeing.
Will there be any side effects from reflexology?
Reflexology is a holistic therapy aiming to bring balance to the body on all levels. The body’s own natural healing process may cause some mild, temporary symptoms. This is a healing response that occurs as the body eliminates harmful toxins. You may experience light-headedness, tiredness, increased mucus, increased urination, and heightened emotions.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), meridians are perceived to be a network of pathways conveying energy and blood (life force) around the body. Acupoints along the meridians are used in reflexology. The results of a treatment can be enhanced by incorporating meridian channels.
Limbic reflexology focuses on emotional responses and our response to the experience of pain. A specialist technique working reflex areas on the feet corresponding to the structures of the brain, largely responsible for filtering and responding to information from our external, and internal world.
Reflexology for Mental Health
The physical, mental and emotional benefits of reflexology make it particularly helpful for mental health related issues. Chi/energy balancing techniques, based upon Traditional Chinese Medicine, provide extra support either as a stand-alone treatment or used alongside standard reflexology.
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Private health plans
CNHC (Complementary & Natural Health Care Council) registration and full membership of the Association of Reflexologists is recognised for reimbursement with a number of private health cash plan providers. Clients who are members of the relevant plans may be able to claim for the full or partial cost of reflexology treatments. Please check with your policy provider.
How to pay
Payment is taken at the end of each session.
Methods of payment accepted - cash, card and bank transfer.