Reflexology is available at £50/60 mins and £70/90 mins
Low cost Reflexology is £35/60 mins or £50/90 mins for BeWell members.
Reflexology is based on ancient Chinese theory that the feet, hands and ears are a complete representation of the body in miniature.
Reflexology involves pressure and manipulation of specific areas of the feet, and sometimes hands or face. These areas, reflex zones, are specific points which correspond with organs and tissues throughout the body.
The application of finger and thumb pressure to these reflex zones stimulates the body to heal itself. Similar to acupressure principles, reflexology works with the body’s energy flow.
Reflexology induces relaxation and stimulates the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids, so aiding de-toxification and the elimination of waste products, and clearing the body energetically.
Reflexology is also convenient in cases where an area of the body is traumatized or diseased to the extent that direct manipulation is not appropriate.
It is recommended that the patient has a course of treatments to shift patterns of imbalance, followed by top up treatments to maintain balance.
What is it good for?
Reflexology can support you with whatever health issues you may have. It can help to increase energy and relaxation levels, and improve your sense of wellbeing. It can help release stress and tension, improve sleep, and help you cope better with any health conditions you may have.
Whether your health needs are physical, emotional, or you just want to spend some time looking after yourself, reflexology is a wonderful treatment to have.
Reflexology is mostly known for being a treatment on the feet – but at Anahata we also offer hand and facial reflexology.
Additional benefits of receiving hand reflexology are that it releases tension and improves circulation to your hands and lower arms, easing aches and pains. Since many of us have jobs or interests which demand over-use of thumbs, this can feel a particularly welcome treatment to receive!
It’s great combined with a seated Indian Head Massage, or facial/foot reflexology on the couch.
The unique benefit of facial reflexology is that not only does it improve your sense of wellbeing, your face will also look and feel smoother with a healthy glow!
Using pressure point massage and other massage techniques, it can help reduce symptoms of head tension, sinus congestion, teeth grinding and stress. It may also help to alleviate the effects of Bell’s Palsy.
Great combined with a neck and shoulder massage, and/or hand or foot reflexology.
Reflexology for conception, IVF, pregnancy and labour
The Association of Reflexologists (AoR) explains that ‘reflexology can be of great benefit to clients suffering from infertility’ explaining that ‘on average about 50% of clients seeking help through reflexology for infertility, find themselves pregnant within 6 months of commencing treatment.’
By supporting the body’s own healing, reflexology can assist conception by helping the body to overcome hormonal imbalances.
Reflexology can work well with assisted conception including IVF. The balancing, calming effects complement medical procedures well. According to Infertility Network UK (2008):
“Reflexology has a strong affinity with the hormonal system and can help to balance hormone production prior to your cycle. It is also deeply relaxing and can be used prior to embryo transfer to maximise nerve and blood supply via the uterine reflex.”
Of course there are no guarantees, as with any other medical intervention or therapy, but case studies have shown reflexology to be effective in helping the body to prepare for conception.
If you’re having trouble conceiving it’s also worth taking a look at other aspects of your life, even the basics, to give you the best possible chance. Simple things such as what you eat, how much you drink and how much exercise you take can all have an impact on your fertility.
Pregnant already? Reflexology can help you with general relaxation and assist with the relief of pregnancy related issues such as backache, swelling, insomnia and morning sickness. It’s safe throughout pregnancy but best begun prior to pregnancy or from the second trimester (13 weeks).
From 37 weeks reflexology treatments begin to focus on helping the body prepare for birth. At 40 weeks, specialist reflexology techniques can be introduced to support the natural induction of labour.