When we are stressed, the body gears up for a flight or fight response, it diverts energy away from functions it deems to be non-essential at that time, such as the digestive, unitary, excretory, immune, reproductive and gynaecological systems, puts them on standby, diverting this saved energy to the heart and muscles. That's one of the reasons why I love the power of reflexology - how it renders people into a state of deep relaxation that few other modalities can match. It manipulates our nervous system, allowing our bodies to begin the critical job of nourishing and regenerating. Reflexology can bring relief to a wide range of conditions as well as working more preventatively in helping the body to maintain overall health and wellbeing. Specific condition’s known to benefit from reflexology include: allergies – sinus problems - anxiety – stress – respiratory problems – back pain & sciatica – muscular tension - aches & pains - post operative - urinary problems – digestive disorders
In my experience, reflexology can be extremely effective in alleviating stress, improving various hormonal imbalances and regulating the endocrine system. Severe PMS can disrupt a woman’s personal and work life, making it hard to function in the days before, during or after her period. Many women find a decrease in premenstrual syndrome after receiving regular reflexology treatments, and some don't even realise there period is due because their normal pre-menstrual symptoms are so greatly reduced.
Reflexology can help with: easing painful periods - ovulation pain – regulating periods - mood swings – irritability – headaches – bloating - breast tenderness.
The menopause is a natural & inevitable event for all women. Menopause refers to a women's final menstrual period. The average age at which a natural menopause occurs in women in the U.K is around 52 years, with symptoms usually lasting over a period of time from several months to a number of years. Reflexology can help to calm the central nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety which can make menopausal symptoms worse. It also helps by regulating the hormones and glandular functions of the body to bring about internal balance both physically and emotionally.
It has proven helpful to alleviate menopausal symptoms such as: hot flushes - sleep disturbances - night sweats - stress - anxiety - headaches.
Research carried out at the UK School of Complementary Health in Exeter indicates a marked decrease in anxiety, depression, insomnia, hot flushes and night sweats among menopausal women who received regular reflexology over a 4 month period.
Women can reap the benefits of regular reflexology treatments during their pregnancy. While in the womb, mother and baby are intimately and physiologically connected, therefore all stress and emotions felt by the mother, are in turn felt by the baby. Reflexology has a substantial amount of research behind it to suggest it is a must-have therapy during your pregnancy - it's gentle, safe and deeply relaxing.
You'll be pleased to know clients report finding reflexology helpful for: backaches - sleeping difficulty - swelling if the ankles - general relaxation – hemorrhoids – constipation - morning sickness and nausea – heartburn – anxiety - hormone-induced migraines.
Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) was primarily created to treat secondary lymphoedema but may also help with the side effects of some inflammatory and auto-immune conditions.
Lymphatic drainage massage (MLD) is used to treat conditions other than lymphoedema, RLD can be used similarly to help remove excess fluid and rebalance the body, and can prove helpful when treating clients with the following conditions: ME - CFS - fibromyalgia - lupus - multiple sclerosis - rheumatoid arthritis - migraines - oedema - IBS - colitis - coeliac disease - crohns disease - psoriasis - eczema - hayfever - post-operative recovery.
I can integrate RLD into a reflexology routine tailored especially for your needs and the impacts your condition has on your health. Clients have previously recorded feeling refreshed, clear headed, full of energy, calm, relaxed, reduced pain and discomfort immediately after recieving a RLD treatment and in the days/weeks thereafter.
Secondary lymphoedema develops in people who previously had a normal lymphatic system that then becomes damaged. It can have a number of different causes, some of the most common causes are listed below:
Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is a reflexology technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. It was developed through clinical practice using reflexology for patients suffering from all kinds of cancers at all stages of the disease. Many of the patients had been treated for breast cancer and consequently suffered secondary lymphoedema.
Complaints relating to lymphoedema often include; a swollen arm, painful shoulder, uncomfortable underarm swelling, weakness and problems with everyday living activities. The aim of this precision treatment is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body and help with the reduction of lymphoedema. It involves isolating and stimulating lymphatic reflexes of the feet, to encourage the excess lymph to drain from the damaged area to the nearest uncompromised lymphatic drainage area.