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5 Reasons to try reflexology for better health

Posted on January 16, 2019 at 10:04 AM Comments comments (2)
Reflexology is a very individual treatment and is often claimed to be a cure for many things, whilst many claims are purely based on anecdotal evidence there are some benefits that are universally acknowledged, with much evidence to back them up:

1. Improves circulation

Poor circulation often indicates other underlying health conditions. Long term poor circulation lead to health complications. Reflexology improves blood flow to vital organs. As blood flow improves, various organs and systems receive greater concentrations of oxygen and nutrition-rich blood. In turn, this can help nourish tissues and enhance healing.

2. Boosts Immune System

Reflexology not only helps stimulate blood flow, but also lymph fluid — helping the body naturally clean tissue and boost overall immunity.Remember, prevention is ALWAYS better than cure – supporting your immune system allows you to naturally protect yourself.

3. Relieves stress

Stress is a huge contributor to illness and medical conditions. Reflexology is a proven therapy which can reduce stress levels. It is also used to address symptoms of depression and anxiety. Reflexology can lower blood pressure, improve sleep patterns and even reduce pain.

4. Increases energy

Chronic Fatigue is on the increase. Reflexology can help target “blockages” that hinder the natural flow of energy and in turn can make us feel tired and sluggish. Reflexology promotes free flowing energy and helps keep the body in balance.

5. Reflexology is NOT a recent fad

There is evidence that this technique dates back as far as 2330 BC, however it first became popular in the Western world in 1917 in the United States, when William H. Fitzgerald, MD, also known as the father of reflexology, found that various pressure points relieved pain during minor surgeries. Today we have maps of the feet (and hands) which indicate reflex points and their potential benefits, and thus we have the treatment Reflexology.

Additional Hours at The Pavilion Club

Posted on January 9, 2019 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)
Now offering additional hours at the Pavilion Club, East Molesey

The Pavilion Club, Hurst Lane, East Molesey, KT8 9DX:
Wednesdays:   5:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursdays:         9:30am - 3:00pm
Friday:               9:30am - 3:00pm 

Ad hoc appointments outside of these hours can be arranged upon request.

Please call me, Shelley on 07487 579 786.
Or the Pavilion Club on 020 8979 2800



Now practicing at the Pavilion Club!

Posted on November 20, 2018 at 6:48 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear friends, I am delighted to announce that I will be starting Reflexology at the Pavilion Club, East Molesey from Wednesday 28th November. Offering free taster sessions on 28th and 30th. Please call the Pavilion on 020 8979 2800 to book. Please share to spread the word! Thanks so much in advance.
Wednesdays: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Fridays:          9:30am - 3:00pm

Please call the Pavilion on 020 8979 2800 to book!
 

Will Reflexology Help Me?

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 6:01 AM Comments comments (1)
One thing I am asked in my working capacity as a Reflexologist over and over again,  is whether reflexology will cure a problem or a condition.  It could be trying to conceive for a baby, or relieving pain, boosting a lowered immune system, going into labour, improving sex drive or energy levels, even losing weight (NB: there are claims that reflexology may help with all these).

The answer is always the same: 'it might help'.  There are unfortunately no guarantees.  You see, Reflexology is a very individual treatment which effects people in different ways, as every person is different so is the individual response.  There are hundred's of people that claim reflexology has helped them in one way or another but there is no clinical certainty.  One thing for sure is reflexology will almost always do good.  It will almost certainly lower blood pressure, lower stress levels, improve circulation and help flush out toxins.  You may find you have a better night's sleep after a session or just feel more relaxed. Both these reactions however, should not be underestimated since 'a good night's sleep' or simply 'being relaxed' are times when our bodies do the most good, it is when our inner healing is most likely to be engaged.  It's when our non essential systems, such as digestive, skin and reproductive, receive more oxygen and nutrients, it's when our mind and body are most likely to be at peace.  Reflexology helps the body to restore balance naturally.  Our bodies are designed to deal with most things naturally, it's just that modern life prevents this from happening.  

With reflexology you haven't really got anything to lose, only the potential to gain.  The best way to find out if Reflexology will help is simply to try it.

Reflexology for Emotional Wellbeing

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (2)
I’ve written before about the importance of being emotionally well and how all too often a physical symptom, like back pain, or headaches are the result of negative emotions.  I often come across clients that have a very textured chest or heart reflex. I ask the usual questions, have they had a chest infection? Suffer from a heart condition? Or do they have asthma? If the answer is no,  I then ask if they have they suffered from great loss, like parents separating, a loved one dying or a betrayal, amazingly, the answer is almost always yes.  You see, people that have gone through emotional turmoil often harbour that pain in their chest or heart – we’re all familiar with the phrase ‘get things off your chest’ but how many of us actually do it?  Most of us push the feeling down and keep it locked away, which is fine in the short run but dangerous in the long.  Reflexology may help unlock those feelings and help us deal with them, or as we say ‘get them off our chest’.  I’ve lost count of the amount of times clients have ended the session in tears.  Now, I don’t want to give the impression that my treatments are so awful my clients are reduced to tears, rather the reflexology releases tension which allows them to feel more freely, crying after all is simply a very natural way of expressing emotion, the tears I witness are predominantly those of relief.
 
If you have suffered great loss in your life then please get in touch and find out if Reflexology can help you [email protected], 07990 561 453.

 

Reflexology for the immune system

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 6:54 AM Comments comments (1)
Give your immune system a boost with Reflexology

The immune system is crucial to our wellbeing, it is responsible for protecting the body from external influences that are harmful to the body and facilitating the smooth flow of the interstitial fluids.  It is the first line of defense for viruses, diseases and illnesses.  The immune system identifies bacteria and pathogen cells and eliminates them, it also is responsible for removing waste matter.

When our immune system is under pressure the smooth flow of fluids in our body can be effected and often get blocked, this can lead to a weakness in our immune system.  Reflexology can address these blockages and ensure the free flowing of fluids and energies.

Another reason our immune system may be weakened is the presence of toxins.  In the world today we are constantly exposed to toxins whether they be in food, drink or pollution and it’s not always the obvious culprits such as alcohol and cigarettes but things we assume are safe or good for us are also loaded with toxins such as tap water, organic produce from overseas and anti-bacterial sprays.  It is almost impossible to avoid toxins completely but by having regular reflexology you can at least help your body eliminate them.

Additionally, there is a great deal of evidence that indicates stress adversely effects the immune system.  When we are stressed the body prepares itself for what is referred to as ‘fight or flight mode’.  In this state the organs and systems that are considered to be non essential, such as our skin, digestive, reproductive and of course, immune system are starved of oxygen and nutrients.  Reflexology is a great way to de-stress, lower blood pressure and ensure that oxygen and nutrients are distributed around the body evenly.

Give your immune system a boost and book some Reflexology today!

How Aromatherapy Works

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 6:46 AM Comments comments (0)
Aromatherapy is a way of keeping well, naturally.  It is an ages-old therapy originating out of herbalism.  The word 'Aromatherapy' is a relatively new word for a very ancient form of treatment using essential oils which have been extracted from aromatic plants for the promotion and maintenance of physical and emotional health and wellbeing. 

Essential oils possess different biological properties such as anti-inflammatory, sedative, digestive, antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant Extensive research into Essential Oils is currently being undertaken as an alternative to western medicine.  Antibiotics for example have been crucial to fighting infection but as antibiotic resistance increases so does the search for a replacement.

Essential oils move through the body with great ease and are more powerful than many of us think.  They are also absorbed through the soles of our feet quicker than any other part of our body.  If you want proof of this just rub some raw garlic on your feet, depending on your metabolism the smell of garlic can be on your breath as quick as 15 minutes.  Essential oils can also be inhaled.  An aromatic molecule has the potential to be the fastest modifier of behaviour, our central nervous system, and even our thought processes.  Just think how we feel when we smell a sweet, wild rose, freshly cut grass or herbs in our garden such as rosemary, thyme or lavender. Many schools for children with behavioural problems now have an in-house aromatherapist.

Essential Oils not only smell good they are a great for restoring balance, easing anxiety and boosting the immune system.   Some oils are anti-bacterial or act as a mild anti-depressant, some are uplifting whilst others bring you down or have grounding properties.

For a more effective reflexology or Facial Rejuvenation treatment I tailor make a fresh blend of Essential Oils to suit your individual needs.  I can also do this for the facial rejuvenation treatment which I usually end with a couple of minutes foot massage anyway.  The oil left over at the end of the treatment is yours to take home.
 

Holistic Therapy - Luxury or Necessity

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 7:59 AM Comments comments (2)
An old Indian yoga teacher once told me that in order to remain healthy I must get up half an hour before the rest of my family to do my yoga breathing. Anyone with kids will understand why I laughed in his face. 'why do you laugh?', he asked genuinely puzzled, 'I've got kids', I retorted, he paused and smiled knowingly ‘Even more reason to take time to do this’, he answered gently, his kind eyes sparkling as those of a man in his twenties (he was almost 70), ‘if you are not fit and well’, he continued, ‘how can you care for your family? What would happen if you became ill?’.
 
Up until that point I'd always viewed doing things for myself as indulgent and self-centred. Yoga, massage, reflexology or even just time with friends, were all treats as opposed to necessities. Even now, I’m slightly embarrassed to admit to going for a treatment when asked what I’ve got planned for the day but should I be? Our bodies are incredibly complex, with today’s pressures it’s not a wonder they become out of balance and it’s when they're out of balance things tend to go wrong. The traditional Western approach to health is so backward. We wait for something to go wrong then we deal with it, generally by going to our local GP, who in turn prescribes some medicine. The Eastern approach on the other hand, is all about prevention and recognises that physical illnesses are often the symptoms of a greater imbalance that may or may not have a root cause in the physical.  By viewing ourselves holistically (i.e. as a whole; mind, body and soul), sickness can be kept to a minimum and disease may be prevented (or if genetic, at the very least may be delayed). It is now said that 70% of all GP visits and 85% of serious illnesses are triggered by stress*. That's a huge figure. So many of us are running on adrenaline which, whilst it gets us through the day, puts immense pressure on our bodies and for some, frankly is a time bomb waiting to go off.  For most of us life is unbelievably busy and finding time to do something that isn’t thought of as essential is impossible.  Maybe an hour a day is unrealistic - there is no way I am voluntarily getting out of bed at the ungodly hour of 5am (our 2 are generally up from about 5.30am). However, I aim for yoga once a week and reflexology or a massage once a month and keep an eye on my diet. I feel I have balance in my life and what's more I don't feel guilty about it. I tell myself it’s crucial to my family's wellbeing (as are the bottle of wine at the weekend obviously!!). Holistic treatments are not only a great way of maintaining homeostasis (i.e. keeping our bodies in balance), they massively relax us which in turn allows us to engage our inner healing. Of course there is a place for Western medicine too but perhaps if we focused more on prevention we wouldn't need nearly as much of it. My yoga teacher was right if we are ill we are no good to anyone!
 

*UK HSE stress statistics

Fertility Reflexology - to help you get pregnant

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 7:11 AM Comments comments (0)
For many couples it is an emotional and physical roller coaster to achieve a viable pregnancy.  The trend for couples starting a family later in life, often in the their 30’s or 40’s, coupled with day to day pressures, not forgetting environmental factors such as pollution and pesticides, has seen a huge increase in fertility problems.  In many social groups there is still an assumption that the cause of infertility lies with the woman – despite the fact that 4 out of 10 cases of infertility is on the male side.  Even those who fell pregnant easily with their first (or second) can often experience difficulty with an additional pregnancy and wonder why it’s not happening, this is known as Sub Fertility. 
 

We are learning every day about the impact stress can have on our bodies and it is never more apparent than when it comes to conception. The physical and arguably, the emotional environment needs to be just so in order for conception to occur, that’s where Reflexology can play a part.  Reflexology is a great way of fine tuning our incredibly complex bodies.  There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that suggests Reflexology can help couples conceive, especially those who have unexplained infertility (i.e. when a specific medical cause cannot be identified). In addition, a recent study by The Association of Reflexologists has shown that on average about 50% of clients seeking help through reflexology for fertility issues find themselves pregnant within 6 months of treatments.  Although there is no guarantee Reflexology will enable couples to conceive, unlike fertility drugs or IVF it has zero negative side effects.  At the very least it can induce deep relaxation, which is essential for our wellbeing. However, stress is only part of the problem.  Over the last decade so many factors, dietary, medical, occupation, environment, lifestyle, have been linked to infertility and whilst not every single thing is relevant to every single individual it is important to consider the overall picture.  That’s why with my treatments I offer a more holistic approach, by understanding the whole picture there is a greater chance of identifying the problem.

Fab new blend

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 6:11 AM Comments comments (0)
Have discovered lovely blend: Patchouli, Ginger and Bergamot - smells like Green and Blacks dark chocolate with crystalised ginger!!

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