Reflexology is a non intrusive holistic therapy which can be undertaken by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care and everyone in between. A reflexologist works on points on the feet, lower legs or hands.
How did Reflexology develop?
The art of reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt, India and China, but it wasn’t until 1913 that Dr William Fitzgerald introduced it as “Zone Therapy” to the western world. He discovered that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body. In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham further developed “Zone Therapy” into what is now known as reflexology.
How can Reflexology help?
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 restore its balance naturally. Usually you might feel relaxed and tension might be reduced after a treatment, you may sleep better and you may notice a feeling of improved mood and general wellbeing. You might also notice that other aspects improve too, but that happens on a very individual basis. With ever increasing levels of stress, it is important for people to take more responsibility for their own healthcare needs, however reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life. Some doctors and other healthcare professionals recognize reflexology as a well-established and respected effective therapy.
Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice and we encourage you to tell your doctor that you are receiving reflexology, whatever your motivation.
Has there been any research into Reflexology?
There has been some positive research claims carried out with reflexology. Research from Japan shows a link from foot reflexology points to a brain reaction using functional MRI scanning. This small study goes some small way towards explaining how reflexology might link feet to organs, through a blood flow reaction in the brain.
- About Alison
Alison is a fully trained, qualified and insured Reflexologist. She obtained an accreditation in both Anatomy and Physiology theory and practical Reflexology application with the International Institute of Reflexology.
Alison is registered member with the Association of Reflexologists.
She has obtained a diploma in Life Coaching which offers a balanced and complimentary benefit to her Reflexology treatments.
Alison is a committed and professional therapist who delivers a high quality and bespoke treatment and treatment plan suited to the specific needs of her clients. She has a variety of Reflexology techniques and unique methods providing a beneficial and ongoing positive effect for the client.
Alison has considerable experience in the use of Reflexology during pregnancy, post-natal care, fertility issues, IVF, stress, muscular, depression, anxiety, eating disorder rebalancing and hormonal imbalances. She treats client of all ages.
On your first visit to Alison there is an informal full consultation with a medical history and lifestyle questionnaire, followed by the first treatment. This normally takes an hour and a half; subsequent visits are for one hour. The length of your course will vary on your bodies needs.
Alison will use her hands to apply small to large amounts of pressure to the feet, while noting problem areas. Her sensitive trained hands detect where there may be an imbalances in corresponding areas of the body. Reflexology induces deep relaxation, enabling the body to heal from within.
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“A friend recommended reflexology with Alison, to me. I didn’t know too much about it as a therapy, but was intrigued to understand more. Initially reflexology provided me with an hour of ‘me time’ and stimulated relaxation, something I had become too used to not doing. It has given me a greater understanding of my body and my needs. It has taught me how to relax and the importance of allowing myself to relax. Alison gives no two treatments the same; she tailors each treatment to your specific needs. Alison is so caring and has the perfect mix of professionalism and friendliness. She listens and a relationship of total trust has formed.
After a virus left me totally run down and burnt out, regular reflexology treatments and advice have really helped alleviate symptoms.
Thank you for helping me realise how important it is to take care of myself from within. I always leave reflexology sessions feeling better.” Emma x
- Working Days: Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday by request
Reflexology with Alison Consultation, Plan & Treatment (90 minutes) £55 1 Hour Treatments £45 Course of 6 (1 hour treatments) £240