What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a form of complimentary Therapy that involves treating the body through the feet. It is a focused pressure treatment to the feet based on the premise that there are reflex areas in the feet which relate to all the body parts including organs and glands, and that therefore the whole body can be treated through the feet. 

The earliest findings of reflexology were dated back to 2330 BC. A pictograph was found on the Egyptian tomb Ankamor, of a man using thumbs on an other's feet, signifying acupressure. Reflexology symbols were also carved on the feet of statues of known leaders in China and India.

Today it is used widely as a complimentary treatment in 1/3 of cancer patients. Any person male or female can benefit from the use of a reflexology treatment.


Are Reflexology Treatments safe during pregnancy?

Yes. During the first three months of pregnancy reflexes relative to reproduction should be avoided.
After the first trimester reflexology has been found to be extremely helpful during pregnancy.


Can children and elderly have Reflexology sessions?

Yes. From new born children to elderly, reflexology helps all. Reflexology sessions on children may help is issues of ADHD, lack of concentration etc. including physical issues.
Reflexology has shown to help with muscular pains, back pains, sciatica, multiple sclerosis and more.


Is Reflexology safe for the terminally ill?

Yes. Reflexology is extremely helpful in relaxing. It also may help with emotional side of their illness. Reflexology sessions may also assist with relieving pain.


How often should I have Reflexology?

Reflexology can be had everyday without any side effects. For optimum benefit I would recommend that you get three treatments at close succession (once a week). This way you really notice the effect. Space them to once or twice a month after that or as often as you like or feel necessary
As the benefits of a treatment last up to seven days the most effective way to notice a positive change fast would be to receive one treatment per week.


What are the benefits?

A wide range of disorders can be helped by reflexology including problems such as migraines, sinus congestion, backache, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, circulatory problems, and rheumatoid arthritis. Reflexology does not claim to be able to cure all disorders, but there are very many instances where treatment can be of great benefit.


What should I expect from this treatment?

During a reflexology treatment, pressure using the side and tip of the thumb and fingers will be used on each of the reflex areas of the feet. A firm but not heavy pressure is applied to the area, the pressure held for a moment or so and then, released. If the part of the body corresponding to the reflex area is out of balance, then a degree of tenderness will be felt in the feet when pressure is applied. In some areas there may be a sharp feeling and in others a slight pain, but these feelings should never be very uncomfortable; in areas corresponding to parts of the body that are in balance, just the feeling of pressure will occur. For the therapist, it feels like small pebbles or sandy/gritty area under your skin where there is a detection of stress or toxicity.


What should I expect after the treatment?

Following treatment, it is possible in some instances for certain ‘healing reactions’ to occur, such as streaming nose (if there is sinus congestion) or increased bowel and bladder activity. These reactions will only be short term and will occur only after the first few treatments. After treatment, many people feel tired, though others may feel quite energized, and often people report how well they sleep.
I recommend that you have a big glass of water after treatment to flush out released toxins and rest.


How does it work?

There is an arrangement of reflex “zones” used like a map of the body and translated to the feet and hands, with the right foot corresponding to the right side of the body and the left foot to the left side of the body. A system of longitudinal and horizontal energy zones provides the link between the reflex areas and the body parts and organs. For example, while applying pressure to the tip of your toes, the top of your head, brain and sinus area are affected.  Moving to the base and underside your toes, your teeth, ears, eyes and shoulders will be stimulated. Thyroid, heart, lungs, are located under the balls of your feet, the middle of your foot corresponds to your waist, kidneys, colon, etc.. On the right side of your body, you have your spleen, on the left, your heart, thus why the zones are created. The bottom of the feet (heels, ankles) is the lower part of the body, ovaries, testes, fallopian tubes, uterus, bladder, etc. The top of your foot corresponds to lymph, and breast.
Keep in mind that not every person is the same! Some people have their heart on the right side for example. Areas might also change due to removed organs.


How is Reflexology different from massage or acupuncture?

Reflex points used on one part of the body affect another, therefore similar to acupressure. Reflexology uses micro movements with the thumbs and fingers on hands and feet, and works the organs and other body parts. Massage works with the muscles and soft tissue using larger movements. In a reflexology treatment you are fully clothed.


If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me!

What is Indian Head Massage?

Massage is the oldest form of medicine known to humans and has been practiced for thousands of years.  The art of Indian Head Massage originated from Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine.  This Sanskrit word can be translated as the "science of life" or "knowledge of life".  The Ayurvedic approach to health is the balance of body, mind and spirit and the promotion of long life.

Indian Head Massage is a form of relaxation massage that focuses on the face, head, neck, shoulders, upper back and upper arms. This form of massage is very relaxing and has a balancing effect on the nervous system of the recipient and it helps them to release stress and tension creating a sense of peace and well-being.  Because this form of massage is done over the clothing in a seated position it can be done anywhere and at any time, making easily available just about anywhere.

What are some of the benefits of Indian Head Massage?

  •  General Relaxation
  •  Improved blood circulation increasing oxygen supply to the brain
  •  Calms, revitalizes and uplifts the spirit
  •  Can create a more balanced state of being, and balancing of the Chakras
  •  Relaxes taut and uncomfortable muscles, eases stiffness, breaks down knots and nodules in muscle tissues
  •  Stimulates blood circulation and drains away accumulated waste
  •  Increased joint mobility
  •  Improved lymphatic drainage which helps in the removal of waste products and toxins helping the immune system
  •  Can give your hair a healthy lustrous shine and improve skin condition
  •  Encourages deeper breathing and deep relaxation; very enjoyable and triggers the release of "feel good" chemicals called  endorphins creating an almost euphoric sensation of contentment and happiness.
  •  Promotion of hair growth
  •  Helps to dissipate mental tiredness, stress, depression resulting in greater mental alertness and concentration and clearer thinking.

 

Can also help relieve the following conditions: 

 

Eye-strain, tension headaches, migraines, earaches, Tinnitus (ringing in the ear), jaw ache, sinusitis congestion, insomnia, and disturbed sleep. 


The following conditions cannot be treated or must be treated with care:

  • Any recent head or neck injury, including whiplash and concussion     
  • Severe bruising in the areas to be treated
  • Epilepsy
  • Recent hemorrhage          
  • High or low blood pressure         
  • Migraine.  You should be aware that treatment may result in an attack    
  • A history of thrombosis or embolism          
  • Diabetes unless under control         
  • Infectious skin disorders         
  • Scalp infections           
  • Cuts and abrasions in the treatment areas   
  • Recent operation         
  • Chronic Myalgic Encephalomyelitis        
  • High temperature, illness and fever 
  • Any infectious disease
  • Intoxication
  • Aneurosa 
  • Food poisoning
  • Cancer or any other serious medical condition
  • Osteoporosis
  • Frailty
  • Chronic Fatigue, Spondylitis or Spondylosis