What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a treatment carried out, primarily, on the foot.
On a first visit each new patient's needs are assessed in an initial detailed consultation including taking a medical history. This is a necessary requirement to assess whether a person has a contra- indication to treatment. It is a relaxed and unhurried opportunity to discuss your expectations and how I can assist you on your journey.
A treatment plan will be discussed and I will recommend a course of treatment.
All therapies are carried out in a relaxing environment with a private changing area. I offer reflexology in your own home if you are unable to attend my practice.
What can reflexology achieve?
Reflexology is an extremely relaxing treatment which can improve sleep, induce deep relaxation, improve mental and emotional balance, encourage the process of nerve cell renewal, cleanses the body of toxins, increase blood circulation, improve oxygen levels, normalise glandular function and lower pain levels.
Techniques used in Reflexology
Reflex Points on the foot and around the ankle are linked to every part of the body. I use my thumb to apply gentle pressure to these points. I observe and feel for tenderness, tension and temperature differences in these areas. Reflexology does not tickle so be assured that your feet are in safe hands.
Reflexology for Fertility
Research in this area has shown positive results in recent years. A high percentage of couples experience the stress of failed conception.
Stress can disrupt or stop ovulation, affect libido and lead to anxiety and depression. All of these cause further difficulties in conceiving.
Reflexology offers the opportunity to rebalance hormone levels, correct the menstrual rhythm and improve the chances of natural conception.
This can be an emotional time on their journey to parenthood.
Couples are invited to attend sessions together or separately. A full and detailed consultation will be completed on the first visit, giving an opportunity to discuss concerns and ask questions. All information will remain confidential.
What is Clinical Reflexology?
“Our use of this term is related to the type of treatment provided by the reflexologist and the type of people treated. The emphasis on ‘clinical’ is on what the practitioner does rather than where they do it.
A Clinical Reflexologist is trained to work safely on people with medical problems without prior written or verbal permission from the doctor and can be insured to do this. However, Clinical Reflexologists will always seek to work with, and refer back to, whenever required, the client’s doctor and can be considered to be part of the client’s healthcare team.
Clinical reflexology recognises that in order to ascertain whether a person is contraindicated or not, a level of diagnosis is first required. A diagnostic assessment must be made before and during the initial consultation and during the first session in order to formulate a treatment plan for each client.
CAR members will recognise that diagnosis is an integral part of their practice and that this is a reflexology-oriented diagnosis presented within a complementary medical framework. However, they will also appreciate that although their training is extensive it does not give the ability to deliver this diagnosis in allopathic terms without the required conventional medical qualifications. Added to the opportunity to treat the wider range of conditions that practising clinical reflexology accommodates, comes the greater responsibility to ensure best possible practice in the areas of health and safety, hygiene and general regulations.
When we receive applications for membership we look for the level and quality of education and training rather than where the reflexologist is employed or has worked. Often these are linked but just because one has managed to obtain work at a hospice does not mean they have been trained to work with people with cancer. Equally, a reflexologist who currently practices at a hairdressers or beauty salon may well have the skills and experience to safely and effectively administer reflexology to people with serious illness.
Using this definition of clinical reflexology and catering specifically for such practitioners has meant we are now attracting like-minded members from all over the UK and also have a growing international representation.”
(Clinical Association of Reflexologists)
Deep Tissue Therapy. ( back, neck and shoulders )
I use a variety of techniques working with either natural sports wax or oils. This therapy reaches muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons.
Some of the benefits include reduced pain, improved cell renewal, increased blood supply, removal of lactic acid, an improvement in mobility, and absorption and elimination.
This therapy can eliminate muscle fatigue.
It can be used on a range of conditions such as arthritis, neck and back pain, chronic muscle tension and fibromyalgia.
I went to see Mandy on recommendation from a friend. I was experiencing severe neck pain. I noticed a vast improvement after 3-4 regular treatments. At that time my GP was prepared to make a referral for me to attend hospital for traction but I felt this was not necessary as I was free from pain and my neck felt much more flexible.
I continue to have a treatment from time to time as this benefits me in many other ways.