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18th December 2017 

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a deeply relaxing, holistic treatment suitable for all ages to treat the body, mind and spirit as a whole. Pressure is applied through massage to areas on the hands or feet, believed to correlate to specific areas of the body, in order to encourage and restore the body’s natural emotional and physical balance by allowing deposits or blockages within the body to be reduced and or removed. Reflexology is most effective when delivered in a short course of treatments over a period of time but any reflexology treatment, be it once a year will be beneficial.



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What happens during a reflexology treatment?

Whether in the treatment room at Natural Holistic Balance in Tenterden Kent, or in your own home, clients remain fully clothed, except for footwear during a reflexology treatment. Reflexology is received lying comfortably on a massage table or in a specialised reclining chair if being treated in your own home. Pressure is applied to the feet or hands by way of massage, stimulating various points throughout the treatment.

Many clients with ‘ticklish feet’ are surprised by the firm but gentle sensation, which does not tickle at all. Throughout the treatment, stimulation of certain reflexes (areas of the feet) may feel unusual, briefly grainy or sharp however, the experience and its effects are unique to each person and any discomfort is often very brief. Clients receiving a reflexology treatment are able to enjoy a gentle, professional relaxing therapy, with positive and balancing effect on the mind and body. Each treatment lasts approximately 40-45 minutes. Some clients fall asleep during their treatments, experience a gurgling or bubbling sensation in their stomach due to the deeply relaxing effect of reflexology, some may become a little teary. All of these reactions are positive indications the treatment has successfully stimulated the body's parasympathetic nervous system, triggering deep relaxation, enhanced digestion, circulation and lymph flow.

After a reflexology treatment, most clients report feeling a sense of being lighter, freer, less tense and deeply relaxed. Many feel energised and positive over the following days, and note they sleep better. Some clients may find they use the toilet more frequently as a result of the cleansing effect on the body. In some cases, clients may experience heightened state of emotion, experience a headache or feel specific symptoms worsen briefly after the treatment before getting better. Please my Fees page for costs.



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How could reflexology help me?

In a nutshell,reflexology enables the body tofunction more effectively, lowering stress and anxiety, promoting better circulation, detoxification of the body, strengthened immunity, increased energy levels, better sleep, improved mood and a sense of wellbeing.

A recent article in the Telegraph discusses the benefits of reflexology for the heart. Clients have also found menstrual cramps, PMS, endometriosis and other hormone related conditions have improved following reflexology treatments. Reflexology is also credited with success when addressing fertility, offering a gentle, non invasive alternative to IVF or to support fertility treatment. Reflexology is a truly unique experience, offering many benefits. To find out how you could benefit, why not contact me directly on 07805 475 074 to further discuss or make an appointment.

Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to prescribed medication, any changes to medication should only be made following consultation with your doctor.



Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)

RLD is an award winning reflexology technique based on the principles of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), specially formulated to stimulate the body's lymphatic system using reflexes on the feet. Researched and developed by Sally Kay BSc(Hons) whilst working in Cancer Care, its success has been evidenced in recent studies conducted into the efficacy of Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage for patients with breast cancer related Lymphoedema yielded positive results, leading to to further controlled trials being funded. The gentle and effective treatments are and have proven particularly helpful in targeting Lymphoedema and water retention during pregnancy, following surgery or trauma. Additional success has been noted when treating patients suffering with Arthritis, Asthma, Eczema, Chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, ME, Sinus problems, Migraines, Headaches, Muscular tension , Aches and pains and Premenstrual Syndrome.

This treatment is not suitable for patients with organ failure



Unwind, distress and relax with reflexology

Often find yourself feeling frazzled, overwhelmed or irritable? Modern life often leaves us managing high levels of stress for prolonged periods of time, leaving us susceptible to its ill effects and often ignoring the pressure this puts on the mind and body. It is estimated by the American Medical Association that over 75% of health problems can be caused by stress and tension. Stress is often the cause of headaches, digestive complaints such as constipation or IBS, muscular tension, low immunity, menstrual changes, mood swings and fatigue as well as other conditions. Reflexology offers clients an opportunity to reduce stress and the negative effects it has on the body.

Escalated or continuously high stress levels can heavily affect your adrenals and ultimately your health. Adrenal hypersensitivity (exhausted adrenals), can result in fatigue, forgetfulness, mood swings and sleep disturbances as a result of elevated cortisol levels. The adrenal glands provide crucial hormonal support required to maintain energy levels and drive. The adrenals also produce Cortisol, which converts proteins into energy, releasing glycogen and counteracting inflammation. Sustained high levels of cortisol can destroy healthy muscle and bone; slow down healing and normal cell replacement. Reflexology treatments promote hormonal balance and can reduce stress in the body, easing the effects of life on the adrenals and minimising the effect and symptoms of stress associated ailments. A reflexologist cannot however diagnose or cure a person of any medical condition.



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Reflexology for children

Many of my prenatal reflexology clients return for tandem treatments with their new born to help develop their bond, settle their baby or aid breast feeding. Having completed specialist training, I offer workshops for parents, either one to one or in small groups giving people the opportunity to learn specially adapted reflexology techniques to treat their own baby with gentle, soothing touch. Skills acquired can be used to address discomfort caused by minor but common complaints such as colds, constipation or loose nappies, wind, restlessness and teething pain. Baby reflex techniques can also prove a great way to comfort, calm an upset or overtired baby and offer a unique and simple way to further bond with your child.

Older children can also greatly benefit from reflexology Reflexology conducted strongly suggests children with asthma, digestive complaints, poor sleep patterns, exam stress or hormonal complaints can all be successfully treated with reflexology to ease and reduce symptoms and discomfort. All my prices can be found on my Fees page



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Baby & toddler reflex workshops

Courses are suitable for babies from 4 weeks to the point they walk, when the toddler reflex course becomes more appropriate. Courses consist of three, 1 hour sessions, specifically designed to teach techniques applied to the feet to address:
Feeding and digestion (including complaints like colic and reflux)
Sleeping and comforting (targeting restlessness, encouraging healthy sleep patterns and soothing anxious or clingy babies)
General wellbeing (including teething, immunity and sinus congestion) The full course is charged at 75 but can be broken down into individual session charged at 25.

Toddler reflex classes offer skills suitable for any child from the point they start to walk to approximately the age of 3-4. The classes offer an opportunity to learn skills that can be used to calm an irate toddler suffering from the ‘terrible 2′s’ syndrome, help a restless child off to sleep, reduce hyperactivity, ease digestive complaints such as constipation, support the body’s immune system and provide mild pain relief. Toddler reflex is not designed to replace or substitute prescribed medication.

Toddler reflex combines specially adapted reflexology techniques with nursery rhymes to engage and stimulate the toddler as well as soothing lullabies to when a more peaceful, soothing and relaxing environment is required. Courses consist of two, 1 hour sessions, created to optimise reflexology techniques applied to the hands, which as children become more mobile, often prove more accessible when out and about. Courses are charged at 50, In order to book a course or to make an enquiry, please contact me directly on 07805475074.



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