Reflexology

The Benefits

Reflexology

The Benefits

holistic therapy

Reflexology is a holistic therapy and therefore means we treat the person rather than the symptoms they present. Once energy is flowing properly around the body, you may find general well-being improves. As individuals, we all react to things differently and reflexology is no exception.

Reflexology cannot cure illnesses or diseases but it can help the body to work more efficiently, which in turn can offer some relief from symptoms such as:

Tension
Sleep Issues
Stress
Mood Issues
Poor Well-being

holistic therapy

Reflexology is a holistic therapy and therefore means we treat the person rather than the symptoms they present. Once energy is flowing properly around the body, you may find general well-being improves. As individuals, we all react to things differently and reflexology is no exception.

Reflexology cannot cure illnesses or diseases but it can help the body to work more efficiently, which in turn can offer some relief from symptoms such as:

Tension
Sleep Issues
Stress
Mood Issues
Poor Well-being

Stress

As we are starting to understand, stress has a huge impact on our health. We live in such a fast paced society nowadays that we don`t have time to relax and unwind and our bodies are feeling the brunt of it.

When we`re stressed, we produce excess amounts of cortisol which serves an important function, to prepare our bodies for `fight or flight` situations. This is fine for genuinely stressful situations, but repeated stress can have a huge impact on the body. When we`re in this state of fight or flight, our bodies shut down all `non-essential` functions, which changes immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, reproductive system and growth processes. This is why stress related illnesses are becoming more common and why we really need to spend time learning how to de-stress.

This interactive foot chart shows all of the foot reflexology points and what they correspond to: Foot Chart

This chart is for guidance only and should not be regarded as a definitive reflexology foot chart.

Reflexology is not a substitute for medical intervention and it is important that for any serious medical conditions, diagnosis is made by a medical professional.

As reflexologists, we can not claim to cure, prescribe or diagnose, but many believe it is a great therapy to re-balance, relax and restore.

Stress

As we are starting to understand, stress has a huge impact on our health. We live in such a fast paced society nowadays that we don`t have time to relax and unwind and our bodies are feeling the brunt of it.

When we`re stressed, we produce excess amounts of cortisol which serves an important function, to prepare our bodies for `fight or flight` situations. This is fine for genuinely stressful situations, but repeated stress can have a huge impact on the body. When we`re in this state of fight or flight, our bodies shut down all `non-essential` functions, which changes immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, reproductive system and growth processes. This is why stress related illnesses are becoming more common and why we really need to spend time learning how to de-stress.

This interactive foot chart shows all of the foot reflexology points and what they correspond to: Foot Chart

This chart is for guidance only and should not be regarded as a definitive reflexology foot chart.

Reflexology is not a substitute for medical intervention and it is important that for any serious medical conditions, diagnosis is made by a medical professional.

As reflexologists, we can not claim to cure, prescribe or diagnose, but many believe it is a great therapy to re-balance, relax and restore.

for Athletes – Sports Injury

The Benefits of Reflexology

Whether you’re a pro-athlete, semi-pro, or participate in a sporting activity to keep fit and healthy, incorporating reflexology into your fitness regime can be hugely beneficial.

What Reflexology can do for you
Reflexology can bring about a positive effect to an Athletes overall physical health, performance and emotional wellbeing, by helping you to relax and recover faster from injuries and surgeries.

Reflexology helps to encourage lymphatic drainage. According to research at Bonash University, Australia, Reflexology can remove lactic acid from the legs four times faster than massage, a helpful relief from tightness in the legs.

Reflexology can help to increase blood circulation to an injured area of the body, removing toxins and bringing in oxygen, nutrients, minerals, enzymes and hormones, while also removing toxins and waste products (generated by extended muscle exertion). Helping to support the body’s natural ability to heal itself, and promote faster recovery from injuries. Since the blood stream is responsible for supplying the muscles with nutrients and oxygen, increased circulation can assist in preventing cramps, spasms, aches and pains associated with extended exercise.

Reflexology can help to reduce pain, such as knee pain or foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis , neuroma or tendonitis. These conditions can be addressed by surgery, but as more athletes want to avoid drugs and reduce the time off due to surgery, Reflexology becomes a valuable tool. Reflexology also helps for sports that stress the shoulders, arms, and hands such as golf or tennis, treatments help to address issues such as tennis elbow and forearm pain.

If you have an injury to an area of the foot which is too painful to work directly, a Reflexologist can work on your hand instead as the hand is the “referral area” for the foot.

Reflexology promotes deep relaxation, which may help to improve sleep and ease tension leading up to a sporting event. Stress and tension tightens the cardiovascular system and restricts blood flow, causing it to become sluggish. This results in the tissues becoming oxygen-deprived; the energy in the body becomes depleted, making all body systems suffer. By stimulating the nerve endings on the feet this can keep the body’s circulation flowing smoothly, which rejuvenates tired tissues. For highly competitive sports it is best to have reflexology two or three days before an event…as staying psyched up requires adrenalin and a certain amount of tension.

Reflexology encourages your body to achieve homeostasis, helping to better address the symptoms you are experiencing.

Reflexology is completely natural, having no harmful side effects, and so will not exacerbate the issue.

Reflexology sessions can be easily incorporated into your fitness routine, and a reflexologist can demonstrate self-help techniques to try at home or at a sporting event, to help speed up the recovery process from strain or pain. Helping to enhance your physical and emotional wellbeing and overall performance.

Examples of Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains affecting Muscles and Ligaments (Common places Knees, Ankles, Wrists and Thumbs)
  • Shin Splints (Painful Shins) pain in the front of the Lower Legs, or Shins. Most common cause Medial Tibia Stress Syndrome (MTSS)
  • Back Pain (Lumbar Area) “…but can be felt in the neck, shoulders, buttocks or lower limbs”.
  • Bone Injuries, including Fractures (a Broken Ankle, Arm, Leg, Toe, Finger)
  • Hamstring (Tears to the Tendon or Muscle) Injury Grade 1 – a mild muscle pull or strain, 2 – Partial Tear, 3 – Complete Muscle Tear
  • Head Injuries (Minor Head Injury)
  • Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis) microtears and thickening to the tissue of the plantar fascia
  • Joint Inflammation Bursitis and Tendonitis, Tennis Elbow is a type of Tendonitis and Achilles Tendonitis.
  • Knee Pain, Including Ligament, Meniscus and Cartilage Damage (Patellar Tendonitis), Housemaid’s Knee (Bursitis), Anterior Knee Pain Syndrome, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
  • Shoulder Pain Rotator Cuff Disorders, Shoulder Instability (Hypermobility), Acromioclavicular Joint Disorders, Fracture of the Humerus (Upper-Arm Bone) or Broken Collar Bone (Fractured Clavicle).
Reference
NHS Choices (no date) Sports injuries – Examples. Available at: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Sports-injuries (Accessed: 14 February 2019)

for your baby

Baby Reflex Classes

Baby reflex is a specially designed reflexology technique, which parents can use to give a calming reflexology treatment to their own child. Baby Reflex offers parents the benefits of a safe, gentle and natural therapy that they can apply to their children at anytime and anywhere; in a cafe, on a bus, or even in a supermarket queue!
Baby Reflex was founded by Jenny Lee, a chartered physiotherapist and Reflexologist who spent a number of years researching the effects of reflexology on childhood asthma. The results were so impressive that she developed Baby Reflex so that parents were able to learn some reflexology techniques to support their own baby’s health.

Why choose Baby Reflex
Baby Reflex has been shown to aid the wellbeing of babies, support with sleep, enhance the bonding between child and parents which is now considered to be essential to early child development and to calm and relax babies.

Unlike baby massage, you can use Baby Reflex wherever you are – in the supermarket queue, at bedtime, waiting at the school gates – whenever the child needs soothing!

No creams or oils needed and it only takes 5 minutes.

It is empowering for parents to be able to support their children and see them calm, content and asleep!

The technique is simple and quick to learn and is available for use by parents for a lifetime.

And children absolutely love it!

About the course

The courses take the form of four 1 hour sessions.

The Baby Reflex techniques are taught in simple, themed routines so that parents can easily remember and use the routines as and when they need to.

The themed routines include:

  • feeding and digestion
  • sleeping and calming
  • teething and wellbeing

Our classes are relaxed and completely baby-led. Routines only take approximately 5 minutes, but classes last around an hour so there is plenty of time for all the parents to learn and practise the routines even if their baby needs feeding or time to settle.

Baby Reflex is for children who are 4 weeks – toddling

One to one private classes are also available.

In addition, if you would like to host a Baby Reflex course for you and your friends please get in touch. There will be a discount available for the host and the cost will vary depending on the number of attendees.

If you’d like to enquire about Baby Reflex Classes please contact us on 07429 179311 or email Lorraine@cheshiresanctuaryreflexology.co.uk

While Reflexology is a therapy suitable for people of all ages, including babies and children, it must be noted that Reflexology is complementary to traditional medicine and should never be used in place of care from your primary healthcare providers. Complementary therapies are not a substitute for medical care. If you have, or suspect your baby or child has a health problem then you should always consult your GP.

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