About Reflexology

Reflexology is a gentle and non-invasive therapy. It involves the application of pressure, using fingers and thumbs, to various points on the feet, face and hands.  The theory is that these points are linked to different parts of the body and that by applying pressure it is thought to help reduce stress, improve circulation and help encourage the body’s own healing process to bring about balance and restoration to the body as a whole.

Reflexology is a holistic treatment, and I adopt a clinical approach by listening and understanding a client’s medical history, what their sleep patterns and life-style is like, current medication, wellbeing, stress levels and triggers to pain.

Each treatment is modified to each client based on your consultation and how you feel between each session. Your reaction to reflexology will also be unique to you. You may feel relaxed and ready for sleep, or an improved sense of well-being and energised. However, it may feel less comfortable with effects such as indigestion, headache, nasal drip or feeling emotional. This is where your body is responding to reflexes being stimulated and rebalanced and is part of a positive healing process. Any uncomfortableness will pass after 24-48 hours. You are encouraged to drink plenty of water to aid detoxification.

Working Vagus nerve

Working the liver reflex

I make no claims to cure, diagnose and prescribe, however I have successfully helped clients suffering from an array of conditions including stress, anxiety, IBS, sinusitis, migraines, muscular pain and a range of hormonal, menopause and fertility issues as examples.  I will support you in your health & wellbeing journey with a tailored treatment plan.

There are some contra-indications to reflexology which include infections on the feet like verruca (you can come once these have been treated and cleared-up), prominent varicose veins, DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and unstable heart condition.

Fertility Reflexology

Problems with conceiving? Unexplained infertility? Why consider Reflexology?

Reflexology for fertility is primarily focused on the reproductive and endocrine system, supporting the whole body to help it get into balance. The fertility reflexology journey is most definitely a collective effort where I as the Reflexologist will work reflexes to help balance hormones with a view to regulating the menstrual cycle, boost blood circulation and, importantly, relax and de-stress the mind and body. I will explain what I’m doing, which reflexes I am working and why so you can really tune into your body’s cycle. Your role is to learn as much as possible about your cycle, take on the self-care prompts and actions I give you, and review diet, lifestyle and stress-triggers. Reflexology can help clients trying natural conception and those undergoing fertility treatment (IVF,IUI,ICSI and clients on medicated cycles).

The fertility journey can be a very emotional and stressful road, especially when:

  • One in seven couples in the UK experience difficulty conceiving*

  • In over 25% of instances of infertility, the causes are unexplained

  • The presence of disorders in both men and women has been reported in about 40% of infertile couples

  • Fertility declines with age for both men and women

  • The majority of fertility treatment in the UK has to be paid for privately as NHS provision is limited and varies geographically

My approach is firstly based on finding out as much as we can about your body, lifestyle and monthly cycle. For example, it's important that we map your monthly cycle and overlay that with daily temperature readings. Its important we establish when, each month, you are either in pre-ovulation or post-ovulation phase so the reflexology treatment is adapted accordingly. This image of a foot-map shows some of the key reflexes worked on the foot on the medial side of the foot.

*www.cks.nice.org.uk/topics/infertility (accessed 01.09.2021)

In terms of how many sessions will be needed – I can’t give a definitive answer, as 3-4 weekly sessions might be enough to support your body back to a balanced state. Or it may take 12-16 weekly sessions.

Equally, I can give you no guarantees. What I can give is my commitment to work with you and your partner to support you as best I can, alongside your own input and commitment.

‘It takes two to tango.’ My approach can work with women and/or a couple. It doesn’t necessarily mean actual treatments (although it can - it’s just as important male hormone levels and quality of sperm is healthy and balanced for a successful pregnancy). But the self-care pointers can be shared between the couple to undertake between treatments. In the attached You Tube clip, actor Cathy Shipton from BBC drama ‘Casualty’ had reflexology to help on her fertility journey following a diagnosis of ‘unexplained fertility.’ She also refers to one of the self-care tips she was able to do between reflexology sessions to help boost her fallopian tubes.

Maternity Reflexology

Antenatal Care

Reflexology covering your maternity journey go wonderfully well together, with the opportunity to relax and unwind in a secure space.

Reflexology during pregnancy can encourage relaxation, reduce anxiety, reduce feelings of stress and improve sleep. It can also provide relief to many physical symptoms experienced in the second and third trimester such as lower back and pelvic pain (also known as Pelvic Girdle Pain or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction), swelling and oedema, urinary urgency, poor sleep, fatigue, anxiety and indigestion and nausea.

Author and obstetrician Dr Gowri Motha has explored alternatives to conventional obstetric practice for more than 20 years and has worked with many famous clients. In her book The Gentle Birth Method (1), she says reflexology is ‘one of the most powerful tools in my programme.’

Reference -  Dr. Gowri Motha,‎ Karen Swan MacLeod, The Gentle Birth Method: The Month-by-month Jeyarani Way Programme, Thorsons, (2004).

There are also some techniques and reflexes to help encourage an overdue baby and induce labour. Please speak to me in advance about this and we can also liaise with your midwife.

There are some important Contra-indications which would prohibit reflexology. These include:

Placenta Praevia (if grade 3 or 4- major), Placental abruption, DVT, Abnormal itching of hands/feet, Vaginal bleeding, Severe epigastric pain.

Reflexology is not a substitute for obstetric care. If you have a medical or obstetric query, please consult your GP or mid-wife.

Postnatal Care

Your new bundle of joy and life brings so much to change and adventure! Your baby becomes priority number one, however your recovery is very important too. Reflexology is a great tool to restore and rebalance your entire body, as well as give you some quiet time to yourself as part of your recovery and reflection. My main objective and focus are to boost the whole endocrine system and hormone balancing. Ideally, having Reflexology within the early weeks post birth is beneficial to supporting hormones through endocrine balancing; the uterus during involution, or C-section birth, and deeply relaxing to help support you emotionally as well as physically.

You can bring your baby along for treatments, either to sleep or feed. Treatment length will be led by each client for their own comfort. Or home visits can be arranged too.

Palliative Reflexology

Reflexology can mediate in a positive way to nurture, support and uplift those in palliative care – both patient and family alike. As a Reflexologist my role and input are to calmly and quietly offer support and care with the sole aim to soothe and comfort through touch of the feet, face or hands.

The treatments are tailored to each individual and their diagnosis, tending to be shorter in length and lighter in touch.

Opportunities to vary and/or combine hand, face, or foot reflexology means I can undertake a treatment in a non-invasive way, either in bed or in a chair, and can be done without removing lots of clothes.

There are many benefits to using reflexology in palliative care which include:-

Helping to improve quality of life by supporting emotional well-being and potentially helping to reduce the side-effects of some medication.

Creating a relaxing and calming treatment to help improve sleep and relieve anxiety.

Research has shown that reflexology can help to reduce pain, as well as support the detoxification process associated with medication.

Gentle lymphatic drainage to help reduce oedema in the legs and ankles.

Relaxing and gentle touch to boost energy levels and improve a sense of well-being.

Each treatment will be done sensitively and with the client’s consent, and where necessary, in consultation with the professional medical team.

Treatments can take place in your home or hospice as required, please call me for a further chat.

NeuroEndoPsychoImmunoPody (NEPIP)

NEPIP is an abbreviation for NeuroEndoPsychoImmunoPody. NEPIP is an advanced reflexology treatment effective in helping people suffering from stress and anxiety. It is exclusively performed by Level 5 Practitioners.

NeuroEndoPsychoImmunoPody is the scientific study of the relationship between our brain, our nervous system (Neurology) and their direct relationship with the endocrine system (Endocrinology) via the hypothalamus, and how it affects our mind and emotions (Psychology) via the immune system (Immunology), reflected in the feet (Pody).

I concentrate on both the mind and body in harmony, creating a targeted healing session for each client. NEPIP uses advanced protocols which work on the principle of increasing the flow of communication between the mind, immune, endocrine and nervous systems, all of which are involved with and can be adversely affected by stress. To make the sequence even more powerful we can add in focussed intent, guided visualisation and affirmations. We can do this quietly within ourselves, or say it together out loud. I will be guided by you in each session. Our collective aim is to enhance your mind and body connection, enabling a release of blocked energy.