Reflexology is a natural holistic and is a wonderfully soothing complementary treatment and is so much more than just a ‘foot massage’ although this is an added benefit of the treatment. It is based on the connection between the feet and systems, organs and zones of the body which are mapped on the feet or hands. Using a pressure technique with the thumb allows for alternative pressure and relaxation on the areas of the feet or hands where the reflex points are found. By gently pressing the reflex points either on the feet or hands the treatment leads to an awakening of the body’s own natural healing system and a heightened sense of relaxation.
Reflexology works on an individual basis and may alleviate and improve symptoms such as everyday stress and tension. During a typical reflexology session, the reflexologist will take a detailed medical history. Sessions are usually performed in a comfortable chair or couch. If it is to be performed on the feet, the client will be asked to remove footwear and socks, but other forms of reflexology require no removal of clothing. The practitioner will make a visual and tactile examination of the area to be worked before beginning the precise reflexology massage movements. The types of movements involved require the application of an appropriate pressure using the thumb and fingers. Reflexology can be a wonderfully relaxing experience where you can take time out from everyday pressures. The therapist’s expert touch will help you relax which can help improve mood, aid sleep and relieve tension. The result is an overall sense of wellbeing.
When you begin to have reflexology you soon start to see the effect that it has on my body mind & soul. For a few weeks after the course of treatment you may continue to feel the benefits and start to listen to your feet when they need another session. By continuing to have reflexology on at least a fortnightly/monthly basis it ensures that you are looking after your mental, physical and spiritual health.
In my practice I always use a good quality product dependent on how your feet ‘present’. In order to do this I look at the condition of the feet and assess whether oil, lotion or powder would be the most beneficial. Following consultation we discuss which body systems you feel need extra attention. I also read the feet both physically and intuitively to ensure that I work on all the systems/zones and reflexes and then go over the areas that need a little extra attention. I cannot stress how important our feet or hands are in being able to physically and energetically communicate what goes on in both our body and mind. I always map the feet before treatment and not only is this standard practice but it ensures that I have a comprehensive picture of the feet over the treatment period.
I am always asked questions about health and I do not and cannot diagnose or treat specific illness. Your GP has had many years of medical training and s/he is your first point of contact. I can however work on areas of the body/mind/soul which may assist the body’s natural healing process, in areas such as conception, weight loss and mental well-being.
*Within massage treatments there will be a consultation and there may be some contraindications which may limit or prevent treatment and these can be discussed before booking the appointment.
Hand Reflexology – As with foot reflexology the same detailed history is taken with both your hands or feet. We discuss what you feel may be areas that you want to work on, such as stomach problems, insomnia, stress etc. We can also look at the type of reflexology that you would prefer. Hand reflexology is ideal for you if you do not like your feet being touched and is just as effective. Although the pressure will be a little firmer, you remain fully clothed and either reclined in a chair or you can lay down on the treatment couch. Each hand is individually treated along with a relaxing and soothing arm & forearm warm up massage before the treatment begins. Hands are usually treated within a 30 minute session.
Throughout the treatment a variety of techniques are used to work the reflex points and areas of the foot or hand. The pressure of the massage is suited to the individual. During the time that your hands/feet are worked on, I will use a foot map to chart what I see. This is so interesting and over the weeks of treatments you can see where change has occurred. You can literally see this if the feet are photographed before and after the treatments.
The Benefits of Reflexology
- Relaxation of the whole person
- Increase energy
- Boost circulation
- Release of stagnant energy
- Can relieve body aches and pains
- Almost always, brings about a sense of calmness
Recommendations to be mindful of before, during and after a Reflexology treatment:
- You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks.
- You can either be sat/led on a couch and made comfortable with pillows and a blanket.
- Don’t be afraid to tell me if you don’t feel comfortable and you want to move, or if the room is too warm or too cold.
- Of course, you can talk to me, but the aim is for you to be able to relax and enjoy the treatment.
- After the Reflexology treatment is over. I’ll offer you a glass or bottle of water afterwards and advise you to drink plenty (not huge amounts) of clear fluids. This will help you to flush the toxins from your body.
- Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking for at least 8-24 hours, as this will help extend the benefits of the treatment.
- Eat a light meal, this also helps to ground your energy and stop you feeling lightheaded.
Reflexology has lots of different benefits and can help to reduce anxiety and tension and encourage relaxation, improve mood and aid sleep. I encourage you to book your next appointment to ensure that we maintain the sense of well being. Maintenance treatments are important to promote and maintain a state of relaxation in both our bodies and minds. Regular Reflexology massage treatments can help to preserve your body’s general relaxation, health and positive well-being. Although you can opt for shorter treatments to pinpoint specific areas which are just as beneficial. The benefits are usually far reaching, and although some people notice an almost immediate difference, most see the effects building and lasting over the weeks/months. I would always recommend that you come in for at least two or three sessions, as the body and your spiritual energy get used to working with me. That said the treatment is usually best done over several sessions, so that the real benefits can be seen quickly and preserve the well being effect. I can’t stress how much I love the benefits of reflexology but please don’t take my word for it alone, see what my lovely clients also think:
‘Kat’s Reflexology is just so relaxing! Love it!’ – Gareth
‘Oh wow, I cannot believe that having my feet treated, could ever be so relaxing. When can I book in next?’ – Client Cwmbran
‘After having reflexology with Kat, I can feel my feet again’. – Sue
‘Reflexology, I was sceptical, but that treatment made me feel like I was walking on air!’ – Client Pontypool
‘Lovely reflexology treatment. Always feel welcome and relax’. Eve
‘A warm welcome awaits you here. After a consultation before treatment to fully understand your needs, you are then given the most wonderful experience in a relaxing, friendly environment. I highly recommend a visit and will definitely be returning in the near future’. DB
‘Do you know, it actually works! I felt great for ages and I definitely knew when I needed a top up’. – Client Bargoed