General Introduction to emotions in the feet

There can be much to see on a pair of feet at first glance. Hard skin or any other form of difference can of course be due to imbalances in the reflexes due to practical reasons such as stance, gait, weight, infection and footwear, and these should be the first areas investigated.

Secondly, the hard skin could be due to protection of a physically related imbalance at that reflex point. Asking questions about the physical health may unearth issues from a long time ago that your client considers to be ‘over in the past, a long time ago’ yet may still be present as an imbalanced reflex in the feet.

If none of these are relevant, then the potential for emotional imbalances comes to the fore. An awareness of how these show in any area of the key emotional areas may help with unleashing a pent up or withheld emotion, allowing release.

Emotional imbalances may show in certain individuals as:

* Hard skin/callus represents an area of protection.

* Corns are similar to calluses and represent protecting a specific issue.

* Itching skin indicates irritation.

* Rough skin means going through a rough time.

* Damp skin can indicate anxiety but also caould be a detox reaction.

* A verruca can be a deep rooted issue so bad that it is eating away at you.

* Athlete’s foot represents someone getting under your skin, interfering, doubtibng, questioning your ideas and hindering your process (remember it needs treating physically too)

* Blister-someone is rubbing you up the wrong way and you’re coming off worse!

* Dry skin indicates a need for more warmth, nurturing, or love.

* Peeling is about a fresh start or new beginning.

* Oedema or swelling on the reflexes-when an emotion has been pent up for so long that there starts to be an emotional build up.

* The colour may indicate which emotion is involved.

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage

What is pregnancy massage?

Pregnancy massage shares many of the goals of regular massage ­– to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly.

How can pregnancy massage help me?

The therapeutic benefits of massage for pregnant women haven’t been studied very much. There is some evidence that massage may help people who suffer from low back pain, sickness, stress and possibly those with chronic headaches, but the studies weren’t done with pregnant women. In any case, massage may decrease stress and promote relaxation, helping you cope with discomfort even if it doesn’t specifically alleviate or prevent it.

Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you’re carrying and you may find you’ve compromised your lumbar region of your spine and this is something that will be worked on a great deal within this treatment.

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

Factors Influencing Our Development

There are six factors that currently influencing the development of our theory:

1. Increasing interest from the media and the general public.

2.Growing attention from the medical profession,

3. Increased pressure to validate therapy;

4.Efforts by the government to bring about regulation of complementary therapies;

5. A growing body of research in the therapy, and the growth of properly conducted trials; and

6. The development of national occupational standards of the therapy.

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

Reflexology Improves circulation

It is important for blood to flow freely through the body, carrying oxygen and nutrients to all the cells that make up the tissues of the body and removing waste products and other toxins. It is vital that the blood vessels are functioning properly. Stress and tension tighten up these vessels and restrict blood flow, so that circulation becomes sluggish. By reducing stress and tension, reflexology allows miles of cardiovascular vessels to conduct the flow of blood naturally and easily.

Reflexology balances the whole system:

The technical term homeostatis means a dynamic state of balance- all the parts of the body functioning according properly together in balance, producing a healthy body. For the body to be healthy, everything must work together. Excessive stress disrupts this balance and can knock some part of our system out of balance.

Reflexology Benefits:

In addition to the three major benefits (above), Reflexology also helps in the following ways:

Stress Relief

Pain Relief

Improved Elimination

Relaxation

Improved circulation

Nerve stimulation

Human touch interaction

Improving the immune system

Encouraging the body to heal current disorders

Clearing the body of toxins and waste products

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

 

Reflexology; Six Stress Reflexes

Clients often come to see us when they are going through a lot of stress. Here are six key reflexes to work on that help to reduce stress levels along with the possible benefits of treating those reflexes.

Adrenal Glands: helps balance between adrenaline andnoradreniline return to normal more quickly; this results in reduced stress and lower blood pressure.

Spine: encourages a more effecient nerve supply including the autonomic nervous system; this has an effect on stress response, and will rebalance the autonomic nervous system.

Shoulders: many people hold tension in their shoulders; reflexology can help to reduce the tension and free the shoulders and neck.

Thyroid: lowers metaboloism if agitataed..

Liver/pancreas: to rebalance levels of blood sugar glucose converted for fight/flight response

Heart: encourages a more efficient circulation ; this may reduce blood pressure.

We often work on different areas of the spine to help stimulate blood flow to a specific region of the body. Here is an example why we would give special attention to the thoracic spine with a client suffering from emphysema. 

TREATING THE SPINE FOR EMPHYSEMA:

*Reflexology might aid breathing and circulation to Alveoli.

*May increase circulation to the body of available oxygen.

*May maximise use of available alveoli too increase 02 absorption.

*May help the client if the lungs become blocked and uncomfortable when suffering from a cold.

*May help to stimulate blood flow around the body, whioch may in turn help to strengthen the lungs and associated vessels for deeper  breathing.

We must always as therapists remember the importance of working the adrenal reflex to help any condition that involves pain or inflammation because of the release of steroidal hormones from the adrenals. Anyone with eczema we would pay special attention to the adrenal gland reflex to help stress reduction, and may help reduce in inflammation or itching.

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

Diabetes and the Foot

Diabetes Mellitus.

This condition results when there is a defect in the production of insulin from the pancreas. Without insulin the body cannot make use of blood sugar, which results in more sugar circulating around the blood than being absorbed into the body tissues for energy. Because of the high concentration sugar in the blood the person is more susceptible to infection, candidiasis and complications in pregnancy. The main symptoms of diabetes are, frequent urination, irritability, abnormal thirst and weakness.

Foot conditions that could result from Diabetes Mellitus.

A client with this condition could experience a loss of sensation, whioch is as a result to damage to nerve endings (neuropathy – nerve damage caused by disease) The following are a list of additional conditions:

* a loss of elasticity of the skin

*brittle, easily cracked or damaged skin

* reduced ability foir the skin to heal,

*excessive sweating,

*poor circulation,

*greater risk of infection (because excess blood sugar creates  favourable conditions for bacteria growth.)

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

 

 

What happens when I go for Reflexology & how will I feel afterwards..

Reflexology is a very easy treatment to receive; at most you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks. A  full edical history will be taken and you will be asked to sign  a consent form agreeing  to the treatment. All information will be kept confidentially. The therapist (me) will then use his thumbs, fingers and knuckles to apply pressure to the feet and sometimes the lower leg, hands, ears or face depending on the type of reflexology chosen. Some areas of the feet may feel tender when pressed, but this will pass. The general expereice should be relaxing.

The therapist will talk to you after your treatment about what they felt, which may lead them to recommend further treatments to aid wellbeing.

How will I feel after the treatment?

After one or two treatments, most people feel an improved sense of wellbeing and experience a feeling of deep relaxation. Occasionally people report experiencing a mild headache, feeling tired or needing to go to the toilet more often following their treatment. Therse are normal reactions and should pass within 24-48 hours; reflexologists beleive this is part of the healing process.

Please note: Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

What is Reflexology?

The art of reflexology is an ancient therapy that has been practiced for over 5000 years and was introduced to the western worl over 100 years ago. Reflexology is a non-intrusive complemantary therapy which is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists believe that working these points or areas aids relaxation and helps improve wellbeing.

With evr increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to recognise the detrimental effect that this can have and to take action to address their own healthcareneeds: as such, reflexology could be one of the ways you might employ to ease the stresses of modern life.

Improved wellbeing is much more than simply the absence of illness; it also includes an improved frame of mind, brelationships with those around you and increased happiness.

 

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

When having a number of treatments such as 3 short ones a week, the cumulatitve effect can be very beneficial to ones health

Reflexology for teenagers

Many of our teenagers are feeling the stress and pressures of modern living. The Office of National Statistics have looked at adolescents and reported that:

10% of teenagaers are diagnosed with an emotional disorder.

Depression is more likely to occur if high stress levels are present.

The number of teenagers pn anti-depressents is increasing.

Whilst the majority of our teenagers will not have mental health issues, it appears key that they begin to build in coping strategies to help them manage stress, which we can all agree is a valuable lesson to learn early in life! Reflexology could be one such strategy, it can help them to sleep better, feel calmer and improve their sense of wellbeing.

If you think your teenager may benefit from some reflexology, reassure them taht it is not ticklish, that on the whole it is deeply relaxing and some can feel revitalised afterwards, their body will respond as it needs to.

Keep calm and try some reflexology

 

Reflexology for you and your Baby

Reflexology for you and your baby:

Babies grow and change at an astonishing rate and every month this brings along new and exciting developments. Watching our babies develop brings so much joy into our lives, but these early years can also be stressful at times for both parents and children.

Building reflexology into a baby’s routine can be a perfect way to ensure that a support mechanism is in place for those stressful times as they begin to grow, whether the stress is due to colic or struggling to get to sleep.

Having reflexology yourself can also be highly beneficial. A research study has shown that reflexology improves the quality of sleep in postnatal women, which is always a bonus with a young baby! It also allows you some ‘me time’ after the birth and you may find you get many other benefits as well.

Reflexology for toddlers and young children:

Toddlers and youngchildren love fun and excitement at this time of huge physical, emotional and cognitive growth. However, there is so much going on in their bodies and minds that even at this early age they are prone to feeling stressed.

Common stressors can include potty training, separation anxiety, the birth of a sibling, death of a grandparent or pet etc Reflexology can be a great support at these times. Toddlers aren’t always very good at being able to verbalise (as we know!) what is wrong and stress tends to show up as changes in their normal behaviours such as:

Changes in sleep pattern – this may be trouble getting to sleep or waking in the night

New habits – such as thumb sucking, nail biting or chewing hair

Emotional changes – they may become clingy, withdrawn, sad or angry

An increase in crying or tantrums

Frequent ailments- sucha s headaches or tummy aches

Keep calm and try some reflexology