Reflexology works on the principle that all the systems within the body (i.e. all the major organs, glands etc.) have corresponding ‘reflex points’ elsewhere on the body (e.g. the feet, face, ears, hands). Reflexologists use maps showing these reflex points as guidelines, then use a range of techniques with their fingers, thumbs, knuckles (or tools such as hot stones or facial reflexology tools) to identify imbalances. We then ‘work’ these points aiming to release tension, rebalance, stimulate or sedate, helping to release any congestion and encourage to body to heal itself. Theories suggest that that this process is facilitated via nerve endings sending messages up to the brain and back out to the body, as well as unblocking energy channels (much like the principles applied in acupuncture).
As a Reflexologist, in line with my professional Codes of Conduct, I would never diagnose, prescribe or claim to cure. By working with you, I help to facilitate change – supporting you to take charge of your own health and wellbeing and hope that my treatments become a catalyst for this change. How you respond to Reflexology is very individual. It’s impossible for me to predict whether a treatment will be beneficial for any symptoms you may be experiencing, or for a specific condition. I can say however that my reviews and testimonials do indicate that many of my clients have experienced health and wellbeing improvements. So, my advice is simply to give it a try and see if you enjoy it, then take a decision from there as to whether you feel you might benefit from a course of treatments to give yourself a greater chance of achieving the health and wellbeing improvements you’re looking for.
Gentle Release Therapy explained
Gentle Release Therapy, as the name suggests, is a gentle therapy which is best described as a mixture of energy work (think along the lines of a Reiki treatment) and acupuncture (without the needles), combined with additional techniques to allow the body and mind to gently release anything that no longer serve them. Where it differs greatly from Reiki however is that this Therapy is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which focusses on the importance of the flow of energy (Qi) around the body. The belief is that if energy channels in the body are ‘blocked’, energy can become stuck, impacting on our wellbeing. This Therapy focusses on releasing energy relating to the key organs in the body considered important in TCM (such as the Liver, and many other abdominal organs), alongside cranial, endocrine, lymphatic and gentle emotional release techniques. Treatments are extremely relaxing. Relaxation helps us to release stress. This principle is at the heart of these treatments and only by trying it for yourself are you able to experience the potential wider benefits for your own wellbeing.
Facial Acupressure Therapy explained
This treatment incorporates acupressure point work on the face, alongside release of the muscular and fascia structures of the face, neck and shoulders. Similar to the foundations of Gentle Release Therapy (described above), Facial Acupressure Therapy is based on the foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and involves the application of gentle pressure to various points which relate to different organ systems to support the flow of vital energy (Qi).
Not only is this beneficial in terms of deeply supporting stress by relaxing the nervous system, but also combines with the feeling of an rejuvenating treat due to the use of hot towels and luxurious organic products to prepare the face, along with nurturing massage techniques.