Body, Mind and Sole Reflexology and Massage for Pontcanna
and Central Cardiff

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the belief that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all organs and parts of the body. By stimulating these reflexes the body then responds by identifying imbalances within the body's systems (what ones aren't functioning properly) rebalances them and begins to heal. Reflexology works on an individual basis and may alleviate and improve symptoms such as everyday stress and tension.

There are a number of Reflexologists in the market with different levels of qualifications and experience. Having studied and passed a year of anatomy and physiology, attended a number of continuing professional development courses and been accepted as a member of the Association of Reflexologists and Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (set up following the House of Lords report), this is not a simple foot massage. Each clients medical history is taken and the treatment tailored to their specific requirements.

To find out more about where the reflexes are on the feet please go to the Association of Reflexologists interactive foot map.

The Reflexology treatment

You will be able to lie back comfortably and choose to relax, dose or chat during your treatment. For each person the effect of the therapy may be different. Some clients may feel momentary discomfort as congested areas are stimulated, some may feel an almost immediate sense of relaxation.

Your first appointment will include a detailed medical and lifestyle history which will allow the treatment to be tailored specifically for you. I recommend a 90 minute appointment.

A treatment plan of between 4 and 6 weekly treatments is usually recommended to allow time for the body to react but it will depend entirely on your own body's needs.

There are a growing number of research groups worldwide developing an evidence base for Reflexology. To view a small sample of this, visit my Research page.

The video below is from the Association of Reflexologists website and gives you an introduction to a Reflexology treatment.

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Pre-conceptual Care (Fertility), Pregnancy and Natural Birth

Reflexology looks to optimise the physical and emotional health of clients via treatments to the feet or hands and general lifestyle and wellbeing advice. This is a non intrusive treatment for clients without the use of drugs.

There are 3 key aims

1. Stimulate the systems and organs involved in the reproductive process to encourage the body to work more efficiently.
2. Balance hormonal levels, a key to ovulation and sperm production.
3. Where appropriate, encourage the client to make lifestyle changes to improve their health.

Your first appointment is primarily a consultation to gather information on your medical history, diet and lifestyle and will take between 60- 90 minutes.

It takes two to make a baby so ideally both partners would attend the first consultation and subsequent, individual treatments although I appreciate this isn’t always possible.

I have produced a leaflet with more detail on what is involved and information on the number of treatments and costs. To receive a copy, please email me. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to me in person please call me on 07811 557486, I would be happy to have a chat.

Please note: Reflexology is not a diagnostic tool nor is it a magic cure-all. As each client’s body is different, thus each client’s response to treatment will be different.

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If you are already pregnant, treatments are available for clients from week 14 onwards.

Leading obstetrician, Dr Gowri Mothas supports the use of Reflexology during pregnancy. For more information you may wish to read her book 'Gentle Birth Method-the month by month programme to help you' or visit her website for her views on Reflexology at Dr Gowri Motha, The Gentle Birth Method.

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Natural Birth

If you wish to use Reflexology to help encourage the body to release hormones which will bring on the birth naturally you should ideally begin receiving weekly treatments from 34-36 wks onwards.

NB: I do not offer a one off treatment at the due date. Having completed several Maternity Reflexology courses the recommendation is always to get your body and feet used to Reflexology, only then will your body be responsive to treatments at your due date.

The following article on the NHS local website on using reflexology for inducing labour is worth reading. Please click How a foot massage can help pregnant women deliver.

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RLD - Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage

RLD is an award winning reflexology technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. The aim is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body. It is a unique sequence that has been researched and developed by Sally Kay BSc(Hons), whilst working in Cancer Care. It was developed by Sally to assist cancer patients who had suffered secondary lymphoedema in the arm. Please visit Sally's website for more detailed information.

Results of this technique have already proved extremely successful and a second research project is currently underway. As one of the reflexologists working as part of this research team, I am qualified to offer this technique. We also believe this treatment may be useful for other specific conditions. If you feel this may be of benefit to you please call me directly to discuss and book an appointment.

What is meant by an Holistic treatment?

Reflexologists also look at health from a holistic perspective and some clients may need to consider making changes to their lifestyle and/or diet to improve their longterm health. A full consultation is completed which includes a detailed medical and lifestyle history discussing health, diet, social, and where applicable, any emotional factors which may be affecting you. Treatment is then tailored to your individual needs.

Improving your wellbeing may also mean evaluating your current lifestyle, taking responsibility and making changes within your diet or exercise regime.

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After care reactions and advice

The effects of Reflexology are unique to each person. Most people experience a sense of wellbeing and relaxation, others find it uplifting and energising.

For some, reactions are more extreme and this is what Reflexologists call a 'healing crisis'. Reflexologists believe this is the body reacting to the treatment and beginning the process of rebalancing the systems to heal itself.

A Reflexology treatment can therefore produce one or more of the following

* a worsening of your symptoms
* feeling extremely relaxed
* feeling the need to sleep
* sleeping soundly
* feeling hot or cold
* increased energy
* increased urination
* feeling emotional or upset
* skin reaction
* a headache
* feeling irritable or restless
* having a runny nose
* increased sweating in the hands or feet
* nausea
* dizziness
* Increased thirst
* Slight diarrhoea

The best way of counteracting these is to take the following advice.

1. Where possible, allow yourself to rest after the treatment and avoid exercise for 24 hours.
2. Drink plenty of water for the rest of the day to help hydrate, reduce the possibility of headaches and improve energy levels. This will of course encourage you to urinate more.
3. Eat a light, not heavy meal.
4. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol for 24 hours as these are stimulants and will reduce the effectiveness of the treatment

All of this will hopefully reduce the possibility of adverse reactions but also allow your body to focus on healing.

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Treatments start at £35 for an hour. As many clients choose to continue with regular treatments to maintain their well-being, discounts are available for multiple bookings. Please enquire when making your appointment. Back to the top of the page.

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