SIAN SULLIVAN OF FANCY FOOTWORK IS A QUALIFIED REFLEXOLOGIST AND A MEMBER OF THE FEDERATION OF HOLISTIC THERAPISTS, HERE SHE EXPLAINS THE PRINCIPLES BEHIND REFLEXOLOGY AND WHAT TO EXPECT AT A CONSULTATION
“A wonderfully therapeutic and relaxing treatment with such lasting effects – I feel so much calmer and able to deal with work and life”
“Fabulous treatment and I am so relaxed afterwards. I sleep much better and feel calmer as I get so stressed with work.”
Reflexology is a form of complementary medicine and involves a method of treatment using massage to reflex areas found in the feet and hands. Most commonly it is the feet that are used as the treatment area. It is a form of holistic therapy which attempts to bring into balance the four elements of wellbeing: mind, body, spirit and emotion.
In the feet there are reflex areas that correspond to parts of the body; these areas are arranged in such a way as to form a map with ten body zones corresponding to ten zones in the feet – five in each foot. By working on certain areas of the foot you can stimulate the body’s self-healing responses and help bring the area in the body back into balance, helping relaxation, improving mood, aiding sleep, relieving tension. anxiety and stress and promoting a sense of well-being.
This method has been used for thousands of years, with the Chinese being known to have practiced a form of foot pressure therapy since the 7th Century BC.
The term Zone Therapy was first used by a Dr W Fitzgerald in the 1920s and was later developed by an American lady Eunice Ingham who through extensive lectures brought reflexology to worldwide attention.
Treatments usually last up to one hour, but the first consultation can be up to an hour and a half as it includes a detailed questionnaire on the client’s medical history, lifestyle, hobbies, diet etc. This is a good time to discuss any problems the client may have (if they wish to do so) to get a picture of the person as a whole. Here the reflexologist will decide which areas of the feet need to be concentrated on and will discuss this with the client.
The main treatment begins with the client being asked to either lie or sit down (whichever is more comfortable) and put their feet up. The treatment then begins (often accompanied by relaxing music) with some massage techniques and breathing exercises to relax the client. Then with a fragranced wax the reflexologist begins to make small caterpillar-like movements with the thumb, over the entire foot concentrating on the areas that need the most work.
Initially the client may, but not always, experience a sore spot on the foot if it is on an area of the body where they have a problem, but this should become less noticeable as the treatments progress – up to 5 treatments are usually recommended, sometimes more if there is a longstanding problem. Once they are acquainted with the procedure, most clients look forward to their hour of pure indulgence and find it a totally relaxing experience, whether it is an occasional treat or to make a medical condition easier to manage.
It is a non-invasive treatment and benefits those who are perhaps body conscious. As a mobile therapy it can be brought to your home offering pampering relaxation with the benefit of making day to day struggles with pain, insomnia, stress etc. more bearable, benefiting the housebound, elderly, and those lacking transport.
Reflexologists do not claim to cure any illnesses and medication should not be stopped without the permission of the GP. There are some conditions that do not benefit from reflexology; this will be checked when booking.
To discover the wonders of reflexology, please contact me for more information – once tried I’m sure you will be back for more.
Sian Sullivan MFHT Mobile Reflexologist Tel: 07780 454501
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: fancyfootworkreflexology.com