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Will it hurt?
Where there are imbalances in your body I will pick this up from the reflexes in your feet. The treatment of these reflexes will, at times, be uncomfortable. However, many of my clients say it feels like a “good pain”. I will always finish your treatment with a soothing foot massage.

Where can I have a treatment?
My treatment room is located in my home in Alton.
If required I can arrange to visit you at your home with my reclining reflexology chair.

How often should I have a treatment?
Every one of my clients is different and responds differently. Some of my clients use a reflexology treatment as a sort of “fine tuning” to keep their energy levels balanced, whilst others with more acute conditions need more intensive and regular sessions. I believe that the “how often?” decision lies with you. I will give you my recommendation and we will work together to determine a treatment plan that is right for you.

Can I have reflexology whilst undergoing conventional medical treatment?
Absolutely! In fact many people feel they can cope with some of the more aggressive conventional treatments (e.g. chemo-/radio-therapy) far better if they can stay relaxed. Reflexology treatments at this time help the body to cope with some of the side effects, such as nausea and constipation. However, it is important to remember that reflexology is a complimentary therapy, and should not be used as an alternative to conventional medicine without consultation with your doctor.

What are the origins of reflexology?
Whilst the origins of reflexology date back to ancient Egypt, India and China, reflexology as we know it today is first thought to have started in 1902 when a Dr William Fitzgerald became acquainted with Zone Therapy. He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone. A therapist called Eunice Ingham was also interested in Zone Therapy. She knew that Dr Fitzgerald concentrated mainly on hands, but as the feet are more sensitive, she began probing the feet. Eunice Ingham successfully mapped the zones of the feet in relation to the organs of the body. Her first book on the subject was published in 1938.

What does reflexology do?
Reflexology improves nerve and blood supply and can help the body regulate its internal environment so as to maintain a stable condition, a process known as homeostasis. Overactive or underactive glands or organs can be helped to return to normal functioning. Once homeostasis, or normal condition, has been achieved, working an area too much can not unbalance it. After treatment some minor reactions may occur. For example, symptoms of a cold could appear, as could tiredness or diarrhoea. These reactions are normal and are part of the body’s way of cleansing itself of toxins. Most people feel quite relaxed and revitalised after their treatment. Reflexology can not harm a body system; it simply brings it back into balance.    

The relaxing nature of reflexology may significantly relieve nervous stress and tension, which doctors agree can be linked to 75% of our health problems.

Who may benefit from reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for absolutely everyone, male or female, all ages from young babies to the elderly, mothers-to-be, the infirm and anybody who is looking for a natural healing, relaxing or revitalising treatment.

What conditions may reflexology help?
Reflexology may help to relieve a wide range of conditions
Ailments and health issues which have been found to benefit from reflexology include:

• Allergies
• Arthritis
• Asthma
• Back pain
• Circulatory conditions
• Colds
• Constipation
• Depression
• Digestive disorders
• Endometriosis
• Fertility
• Headaches
• High blood pressure
• Hormonal imbalances
• Insomnia
• Joint and muscular problems
• Kidney stones
• M.E.
• Menstrual problems
• Migraine
• Neck and shoulder problems
• Oedema (swelling of ankles)
• Sciatica
• Sinus conditions
• Stress, anxiety and tension
• Tiredness
• ….. and many more

Reflexologists do not claim to diagnose, prescribe or cure.   

What will happen at my treatment session?
A typical reflexology treatment

Treatments typically last between 45 and 70 minutes and the first treatment will include a full health consultation looking at all areas of your health and lifestyle. This is so that I can obtain a full picture about you, your health and lifestyle and so that any ailment can be treated holistically (your whole body), but also calming the mind and boosting the spirit.

I will begin your treatment by asking you to remove your shoes and socks and settling you comfortably on to my warmed treatment couch in my treatment room. Next I will apply a cooling wipe to your feet. If this is your second or subsequent treatment we will discuss how you felt following your last treatment and establish what progress you have made and discuss any further issues so that we can continue to develop your treatment plan. During the treatment I will work all of the reflex areas on both of your feet using a technique known as thumb walking – your feet will not feel ticklish as I use a firm but gentle pressure. You may feel areas of localised discomfort which will be dispersed as the treatment progresses. These areas of tenderness will enable me to identify areas of imbalance within your body and by interpreting these sensations they will give me an important insight into the areas which need particular attention.

Many people feel relief and a deep relaxation after one session, but I may recommend a course of 4 to 6 treatments depending on your individual circumstances and your body’s needs. The closer these initial sessions are to each other the faster will be the resulting progress. It may be recommendable to then continue with a two weekly or monthly “maintenance sessions”.

Will there be any after effects?
Post treatment advice

After your treatment you may experience a number of effects which reflect that your body is responding well to the reflexology treatment and is eliminating toxins.

These effects may include:

• Headache
• Nasal and throat congestion including mucus discharge
• Increased urination and/or bowel movement
• Dry mouth and throat
• Increased energy levels
• Light-headedness

What do you advise after my treatment?
I will advise you to:

• Drink plenty of water
• Reduce stimulants such as caffeine, smoking and alcohol intake
• Eat light meals
• Take it nice and easy - no over-exertion
Any after effects will normally ease after 24 to 48 hours. The body is rebalancing itself, toxins, and water products are eliminated.  

Why do you advise clients to drink plenty of water?
The importance of drinking water

The human body comprises 25% solid matter and 75% water. Brain tissue is said to consist of 85% water. Your body is constantly “burning off” or consuming water - in your spine for example, there are inter-vertebral discs that serve as shock absorbers, pressing out fluid with every movement. It is important that all of this water loss is replenished. I will encourage you to drink plenty of water after your reflexology treatment as it is important to help cleanse away the toxins released by your body as a result of the treatment.

The long term effects of dehydration contribute to many of today’s medical problems.

Will my health insurance cover my treatment?
Many health insurance policies cover reflexology. It’s worth checking your paperwork or speaking with your insurer.