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What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a deeply relaxing, safe and non-invasive complementary therapy suitable for the whole family throughout every stage of life. It can help reduce stress levels and help restore the body's natural equilibrium and encourage healing.

It works on the belief that reflex points on the feet and hands are linked to all the organs, bodily systems and skeletal structure of the body. These reflex points are stimulated or sedated by applying pressure to the points on the feet or hands in order to promote relaxation and feeling of well being.

As an Advanced Reflexologist, Amanda, works holistically with her clients and aims to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for her clients. 

Is reflexology suitable for me?

Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from 4 week old newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between. However, there may occasionally be times when permission will need to be sort from your medical doctor first as there are some conditions that Reflexology may not be advised.

Will reflexology help me?

As an experienced Advanced Reflexologist, Amanda, does not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which works with you holistically, so it is not possible to know in advance how you will react. The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually, after a treatment your tension will be reduced and you will feel more relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving.

There have been some positive research projects carried out with reflexology; please see the research page for more information. Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.

Potential benefits of reflexology are:

Reflexology can help treatment people with the following conditions:

How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?

To gain maximum benefit from your reflexology treatment, try to rest afterwards – this helps your body’s natural healing process. Caffeine can have a stimulating effect, so tea, coffee and cola should be avoided if possible, to help you relax.

Drink plenty of water or herbal tea over the next few days – this helps flush away toxins. Try to avoid alcohol and tobacco for the rest of the day if possible too.
After your treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; however, sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is usually transitory and Reflexologists believe that it is part of the healing process. It is useful to give feedback to me at your next treatment as this may show the response of your body to treatment. This in turn will help me to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.

What happens when I go for a treatment?

A full medical history will be requested on your first treatment, and you will be asked to sign a consent form for treatment. This information will be kept confidential.
Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive. After removing your shoes and socks you will be reclined fully clothed in a comfortable chair. Amanda will apply cream to your feet will then work over the entire area of both feet using Advanced Reflexology Techniques (ART), Nerve Reflexology and Vertical Reflexology Techniques (VRT). Some clients fell asleep during a treatment. You can even finish off your Reflexology treatment with some Reiki. A standard Reflexology treatment lasts for 1 hour.

How many Reflexology treatments will I need?

As a general rule, for maximum benefit, Amanda recommends a course of 6 treatments, ideally on a weekly basis.

This will be discussed during your initial treatment and will depend upon how long you have had the problem, and if there are any other health issues. Amanda will work with you to determine your response to the Reflexology and tailor your treatment plan to your specific needs.

After the initial course of treatment a fortnightly, monthly or bi-monthly maintenance program may be recommended to maintain the improvements to your health. Many of Amanda’s clients have been coming to see her for many years because they benefit so much from the Reflexology.

What is Clinical Reflexology?

Amanda is an experienced Reflexologist and has taken additional training in Advanced Reflexology Techniques (ART) such as Nerve Reflexology and Vertical Reflexology Techniques. Amanda uses her Reflexology training and experience along with clinical reasoning to tailor your Reflexology treatment to you specific needs.

What is Nerve Reflexology?

Nerve reflexology works on reflexes for the nervous system on the bones of the feet and is particularly effective in treating conditions that are caused, or influenced by, the nervous system. It was developed by the very experienced Belgian physiotherapist Nico Pauly for those patients whose pain symptoms did not respond completely to physiotherapy. Nerve Reflexology can provide help in acute and chronic pain states including: migraine and other headaches, low back and neck pain, other complaints in the musculoskeletal system, fibromyalgia, ME, chronic fatigue, neuralgia, etc.

It puts together the entire pain analysis picture:

Peripheral Nervous System

Autonomic nervous system

Central Nervous System

Psycho-emotional aspect

It is believed to work deep into the nervous system to restore co-ordination within the nervous system for the relief from acute and chronic pain.

Nerve Reflexology does not cure! It helps restore or recover dysfunctions in the movement, organ and nervous system. Dysfunction is here to be understood as an ‘impairment’. This is in contrast to ‘disease’ involving serious changes in tissues and whose treatment is the exclusive domain of medical doctors. Diseases can also entail a lot of dysfunctions. In collaboration with your medical doctor Nerve Reflexology could offer extra help.

To obtain the best results treatments are best received weekly or fortnightly, depending on the severity of the symptoms. Each treatment lasts one hour.

How is it different from classical Reflexology?

What is Vertical Reflexology Technique (VRT)?

VRT is an acclaimed award-winning newer form of Reflexology that is applied to the weight-bearing feet or hands for a few minutes before and/or after a conventional reflexology treatment. 

A VRT trained Reflexologist will work on your weight-bearing feet and hands for a few minutes per treatment to accelerate the healing processes brought about in conjunction with early reflexology treatments. The client then lies on a reclining chair and relaxes for their reflexology session which also incorporates new techniques from the VRT repertoire.

A brief history of reflexology

Reflexology is based on an ancient form of therapy. There is evidence of some form of foot and hand therapy being practised in China as long ago as 4,000 B.C. and also in Egypt, as depicted in the tomb of Ankmahor (highest official after the Pharaoh) at Saqqara, which is also known as the physicians tomb. This Egyptian wall painting is dated at the 6th dynasty, about 2330 B.C.  The North American tribes of Indians are known to have practised a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years.

Modern reflexology was not introduced to the West until Dr William Fitzgerald developed 'Zone therapy'. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.

In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known as reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.

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