Ann holds an ITEC Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology  and an ITEC Diploma in Reflexology

 

 

 

 

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The Importance of Water

 

 

A good therapist will always make sure that you drink plenty of water during, if appropriate, and/or after your treatment. 

 

This is because all therapies have a cleansing effect on your body and energy system and any toxins or negative energy will need the help of water in order that they are flushed out of your systems.

 

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Reflexology

 

 

Reflexology is both a science and an art.  As a science it requires careful study of human anatomy and physiology (A & P), a sound knowledge of the techniques required to deliver the therapy, and skill.  And yet as one of the healing arts, reflexology gives the best results when the reflexologist works with patience, focused intention and above all loving care.

 

A  little bit of history.

 

Reflexology is a method for activating the healing powers of the body.  It is both old and new.  From ancient texts, illustrations and artifacts, we know that the early Chinese, Japanese, Indians and Egyptians worked on the feet to promote good health.  What joins the ancient with the modern is the long established principle that there are energy zones that run throughout the body and the reflex areas in the feet that correspond to all the major organs, glands and body parts.

 

In the early years of the 20th century, Dr William Fitzgerald developed the modern zone theory of the human body, arguing that parts of the body correspond to other parts and offering as proof the fact that applying pressure to one part anaesthetised  a corresponding area.

 

In the 1930's Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist, used zone theory in her work with patients.  She considered that as the zones ran throughout the body some areas may be more accessible and effective than others.  She was right.  The feet were the most responsive areas for working the zones because they were extremely sensitive.  Eventually she mapped the entire body onto the feet and discovered that the effects of applying pressure had therapeutic effects way beyond the limited use of zone therapy, which was to alleviate pain.  And so reflexology was born.

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What benefits might I see from Reflexology?

 

I will start with a little bit of A & P to help you understand the benefits of reflexology on your neural system. Every part of the human body is operated by messages carried back and forth along neural pathways. The function of this nervous system is to relay communication from the brain to all parts of the body and to bring communications from all parts of the body to the brain. 

 

The neural pathways are both living tissue and electrical channels that can be damaged or polluted in many ways.  When they are impaired then nerve function is impeded - messages are delivered slowly and unreliably, or not at all, and body processes operate at less than optimum levels.  Rather like trying to send text messages at the stroke of midnight at New Year from within an over loaded electronic system; the text gets stuck somewhere and may never reach its destination or arrives too late to have the impact you desired!  Reflexology encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways by stimulating more than 7,000 nerves in the feet.  In this way every part of the body can benefit.

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Stress and Reflexology

 

Reflexology can reduce stress and induce deep relaxation. Stress cannot be avoided, we live with it day in day out and in itself stress is neither good nor bad.  It does become a problem however, if we fail to manage it well and this in turn lowers the body's defence system and we become more susceptible to illness and disease.  We all know how good it can feel to lie down after a busy day, but that is just the first step because beyond that are the realms of relaxation and peace that help the body to find balance and allow healing energy to flow smoothly and gently throughout.

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  Circulation and Reflexology

 

It is vital for our blood to flow freely throughout our body,carrying oxygen and nutrients to all the cells that make up the tissues of the body.  Its healthy flow is also important to carry away and remove waste products and other toxins.  What you may not be so aware of is that the blood vessels contract and relax in this process and that their health is important for the good health of every cell in the body.  Stress and tension tighten up the blood vessels and restrict blood flow.  By reducing stress and tension reflexology allows the miles of cardiovascular vessels to manage the flow of blood naturally and easily.  This allows all the organs and muscles and thousands of body parts to receive their much needed 'food'.

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Reflexology balances the whole system

 

The technical term for balance within the body is homeostasis and it means to be in a dynamic state of balance.  For the body to be healthy every part of it must work to its own purpose, and in harmony.  If one part is out of whack then other parts suffer.  To keep the body running smoothly and efficiently it needs a 'tune-up' now and again and reflexology is  the perfect way to do this.

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Reflexology revitalises energy

 

Feeling good and alive requires sufficient energy.  We all experience energy differently but you will know when your 'juices are flowing' or when you feel depleted.  It circulates consciously and unconsciously throughout the body on a physical, emotional and mental level. There is also the energy of the soul that is just as crucial to our well-being.  Energy needs to be revitalised periodically; it needs to flow unimpeded between the negative and positive poles that every atom and cell contains.  Maybe you prefer to think of this flow as being between the yin and the yang of Oriental thinking.  Whatever term works for you reflexology relaxes and revitalises the body and opens up the energy pathways and supplies it with renewed energy on all levels.

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Reflexology is preventive health care

 

As you may now realise reflexology is great for relaxing the body and thereby allowing the body to function from a much healthier place.  Reflexology can be used as a way of ensuring your body stays in optimum health with regular treatments.  My suggestion would be to have a treatment every 3 - 4 weeks after an initial course of 4 weekly treatments. The initial treatments will help your feet to respond to the stimulation and to remember in the future.  Using it in this way you will find that your immune system is boosted and that you are not so open to those regular infections such as coughs and colds.

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Reflexology is not - 

 

- massage, though there are massage strokes used, nor is it medicine, neither is it diagnostic.  As an experienced reflexologist I will find areas in your feet which will suggest that the corresponding body areas are out of balance in some way. These may feel grainy, puffy or congested as I work the reflexes.  I will always advise you to visit your GP if I find anything that I consider worrying but I am unable to diagnose what the problem is, so please don't ask me to.  No instruments or gadgets are used and when practiced in conjunction with sound medical advice from your physician, reflexology facilitates healing.

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What can I expect?

 

You will need to wear something comfortable that allows access to your bare feet and lower legs up to your knees.

 

With you seated or lying down I will begin the session with a relaxing foot massage.  I use a lovely wax that contains olive oil, beeswax, vitamin E and essential oils of Ravensara, Spearmint and Peppermint. I will  then finger walk the reflex zones on your feet to promote the healing processes in your body.  The session ends with more massage strokes. 

 

The pressure used is firm to avoid it feeling ticklish.  I am able to treat your hands if it is not possible to treat your feet.  I invite you to be brave if you hate your feet being touched because many clients have been amazed at how lovely it feels when previous experience of having their feet touched was truly dreadful.

 

Most people will feel deeply relaxed and may even fall asleep during a session.  Some will feel re-energised and ready to face the world again. 

 

The session ends with a glass of water to drink as reflexology will help de-toxification of the body. This will be aided by you drinking plenty of water in the following days.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

Reflexology is not diagnostic nor meant to replace the sound advice of your Health Professional whether that is your GP, hospital Doctor, Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Nurse, Nurse Practitioner or any other.

 

 

It is your responsibility to take care of your own health and well-being.

 


 

I am based in Southwater, West Sussex, UK

 

 

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