Reflexology dates back to ancient history when pressure therapies were recognised as preventative medicine. It has been used over many years to aid and benefit numerous conditions from migraines to arthritis, or simply just used as an effective relaxation therapy.
The Aesthetic MediSpa offers this alternative treatment therapy in a relaxing and therapeutic atmosphere, administered by a fully experienced and highly trained therapist
- Tailor made treatments to suit your personal needs and well being
- Mitigates the stress of everyday life
- A purely natural therapy treating symptons and causes of symptons
Book a free initial no-risk consultation
We offer an initial free, no obligation consultation where we can address any concerns and questions you may have regarding the treatment. We can offer our expert advice on what options are available for you to deliver the desired result.
Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, which stimulates the feet with pressure and relaxation techniques, based on the theory that different points on the feet correspond with different areas of the body.
How does it work?
Reflexologists believe that a network of nerves, which terminate in the feet, connects all the organs & systems of the body. The feet contain reflex points corresponding to every part of the body and these reflex points can become sensitive to the touch when you become ill or stressed as toxins build up. These toxins can cause blockages in the body, preventing the free flow of energy and affecting the efficiency of the body’s systems. By applying pressure to these points it is possible to bring about a reaction in corresponding areas of the body, helping to restore balance and harmony.
By having the whole body represented in the feet the method offers a means of treating the whole body, and of treating the body as a whole. This latter point is an important factor of natural therapy and allows not only symptoms to be treated but also the causes of symptoms.
What is Reflexology beneficial for?
Reflexology does not claim to be a 'cure-all' but many people (including children and the elderly) have found they have been helped by reflexology. Surveys carried out by The British Reflexology Association have shown benefits such as:
- Aids relaxation and reduces stress
- Increases energy levels & revitalises the body
- Boosts the immune system
- Helps relieve digestive disorders e.g. IBS, colitis, constipation
- Can help relieve pain
- Improves circulation
- Hormonal imbalances/PMS/Menopause/fertility
- Circulatory disorders
- Back problems/sciatica
- Respiratory disorders
There have been some positive research projects carried out with reflexology; however, as yet, there is not a large enough body of evidence for us to make clinical claims of effectiveness and Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.
What to expect from your Reflexology treatment
Prior to your treatment a detailed medical history will be taken. Your therapist will initially examine the feet before commencing with the precise massage movement. The particular type of massage involved requires the application of a firm pressure using the side and end of the thumb. In some instances, the fingers may also be employed. All areas on both feet will be massaged.
Areas corresponding to parts of the body, which are out of balance, will feel uncomfortable or tender when massaged and the degree of tenderness will indicate the degree of imbalance. The sensitivity of the feet varies from person to person and the trained therapist will understand the correct pressure to apply and how to interpret the tenderness felt. The massage should not be very uncomfortable to even the most sensitive of feet.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
The number of treatment sessions required will vary depending on the condition being treated.
A brief history of Reflexology
The roots of reflexology are imbedded way back in ancient history when pressure therapies were recognised as preventative and therapeutic medicine. A widely held theory is that Reflexology originated in China about 5,000 years ago and many reputable Reflexologists’ have stated their belief in this theory.
More recently, Reflexology was described in the form in which it is now known by the late Eunice Ingham, an American lady, who based her method of treatment on work called 'Zone Therapy' which had been described some years earlier in the 1920's by an American, Dr. William Fitzgerald.
The main pioneer of Reflexology in Great Britain was the late Doreen Bayly who introduced the method in the early 1960's and whose great determination to stimulate awareness and interest in the method should not be forgotten.
With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to take more responsibility for their own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life.
Your visit to Aesthetic MediSpa
- On arrival to Aesthetic MediSpa all new patients will be asked to complete a confidential patient registration and medical history form. You will be asked a number of questions concerning general well-being, injuries and medical conditions that the therapist should know about, in order to determine if there are any contra-indications (physical conditions that would prohibit or limit a massage treatment).
- At each subsequent visit all you will need to confirm if there have been any changes to your medical history or personal details since your last visit.
- At Aesthetic MediSpa we use the very latest technologies, not only for our treatments but in all aspects of our clinic. You will therefore be asked to complete your details using an ipad provided. If you prefer however, you can complete your details using paper format and we will happily computerise your details for you.
- Client’s dignity and respect are of utmost importance to us at Aesthetic MediSpa. You will only be required to remove your shoes and sock for the reflexology theraopy to be carried out.
- Your therapist will initially examine the feet before commencing with the precise massage movement.
- The particular type of massage involved requires the application of a firm pressure using the side and end of the thumb. In some instances, the fingers may also be employed.
- All areas on both feet will be massaged.
- Areas corresponding to parts of the body, which are out of balance, will feel uncomfortable or tender when massaged and the degree of tenderness will indicate the degree of imbalance. The sensitivity of the feet varies from person to person and the trained therapist will understand the correct pressure to apply and how to interpret the tenderness felt. The massage should not be very uncomfortable to even
After Care advice
The effects of Reflexology are unique to each person. Most people experience a sense of wellbeing and relaxation, others find it uplifting and energising.
For some, reactions are more extreme and this is what Reflexologists call a 'healing crisis'. Reflexologists believe this is the body reacting to the treatment and beginning the process of rebalancing the systems to heal itself.
A Reflexology treatment can therefore produce one or more of the following: a worsening of your symptoms, feeling extremely relaxed, feeling the need to sleep, sleeping soundly, feeling hot or cold, increased energy, increased urination, feeling emotional or upset, a skin reaction, a headache, feeling irritable or restless, having a runny nose, increased sweating in the hands or feet, nausea, dizziness, Increased thirst or slight diarrhea.
The best way of counteracting these is to take the following advice.
- Where possible, allow yourself to rest after the treatment and avoid exercise for 24 hours.
- Drink plenty of water for the rest of the day to help hydrate, reduce the possibility of headaches and improve energy levels. This will of course encourage you to urinate more.
- Eat a light, not heavy meal.
- Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol for 24 hours as these are stimulants and will reduce the effectiveness of the treatment
These recommendations will help reduce the possibility of adverse reactions but also allow your body to focus on healing.
- The number of treatment sessions required will vary depending on the condition being treated.
|First Session||75 Minutes||£60|
|Subsequent Sessions||60 Minutes||£50|