Have you ever noticed that your posture changes according to how you are feeling? When you are depressed, your shoulders slump, your head hangs low. When you are happy, you walk tall. How you feel affects your whole body. This includes the feet. You can imagine the impact that your body posture will have on the feet. It works both ways, the feet have a massive impact on the rest of your body too.
There are reflex areas in the feet and hands which a reflexologist uses to help the rest of the body rebalance, and relax. Many people think that reflexology is just a nice foot massage. They don't realize that through working these reflex points on the feet, we are able to assist the body in its healing. Studies have shown the powerful effect of touch on measurably reducing cortisol levels which is why this treatment is so fantastic for lowering stress states.
For information on references to scientific research relating to Reflexology, see the menu on the right.
Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas to:-
- Relieve stress and tension
- Improve blood supply and unblock nerve impulses
- Help bring the body back into balance (homeostasis)
Jane's reflexology clients come to her for many different reasons. No two clients are the same and therefore no two treatments are the same.
For anyone who is interested in topping up their treatment by working some of the reflexes themselves, Jane will offer some reflexology techniques as homework.
If you would like to organize a reflexology treatment for a friend, gift vouchers valid for twelve months are available. Just contact Jane stating what message you would like in your gift voucher and she will send you a paypal invoice for the amount. Upon receipt of the payment she will post a voucher to you.
Q & A's on Reflexology
Where will the treatment take place?
- Jane currently has two clinics. They are in Scarisbrick, near Southport, and in Garstang. In Scarisbrick you will be seen at a room in her home. At the other venue you will be seen in a therapy room at Vitality, 2 Dimples Lane, Garstang. See "Contact" page to contact Jane directly, or ring 01995 600011 to book in Garstang.
- You will be placed in a reclining chair, covered with a light blanket and asked to remove your footwear.
Will it hurt?
- Treatments generally should not hurt although where the body is out of balance, the corresponding reflex point will show as tender or sharp or a "crunchy" feeling below the skin.
- A re-adjustment of pressure means that this reflex can be treated without causing further discomfort.
How many treatments will I need?
- There are no hard and fast rules to this. Usually four weekly treatments are enough. Some people only need one treatment to set them back on their feet. You will be the best judge.
- Jane recommends that if you have a specific issue then it's probably best to have weekly treatments initially, then as you feel better you can space the gaps between treatments further apart.
- If you are just having reflexology as a relaxation pamper treat then probably once a month is ideal.
What should I expect from a typical session?
- Your medical history will be taken. Then you will be placed in a reclining chair, with your trousers pushed up to the knee. So please remember to wear loose trousers. A lotion will be used to anoint the feet (although a perfume-free powder is available as an alternative if you are allergic to perfumes).
- A physical examination of the feet will be conducted to identify areas of the body that are in particular need of treatment.
- The treatment will then commence with a light but firm pressure on each of the reflexes on the feet together with relaxation techniques.
How long will a reflexology treatment take?
- Please allow one and a quarter hours for your initial consultation to allow a detailed case history to be taken.
- Further treatments will take approximately an hour
What if I have an infection?
- Although rubber gloves can be worn, it is better to wait until the infection has cleared before a treatment as there is danger of spreading the infection to other areas of the foot.
- Facial or hand reflexology can always be offered as an alternative if required.
How much does it cost?
- A one hour treatment costs £35. To book a treatment, call Jane on 07739 802175
What are your opening hours?
- Whilst reflexology is Jane's full time business her hours vary week by week. It is best to telephone to discuss times. Jane sometimes teaches elsewhere, hence the need for flexibility
Research into pain and reflexology
The following are all references to research papers that have explored the topic of pain and reflexology. Most libraries have a service where you can obtain a copy of such research papers for a small fee.
|Reflexology for the treatment of pain in people with multiple sclerosis: a double-blind randomised sham-controlled clinical trial||Hughes, C.M. Smyth, S. Lowe-Strong, A.S.||Multiple Sclerosis||2009 VOL 15 Number 11 pages 1329-1338|
|Effectiveness of foot and hand massage in postcesarean pain control in a group of Turkish pregnant women||Nuriye Degirmen, Nebahat Ozerdogan, Deniz Sayiner, Nedime Kosgeroglu, Unal Ayranc||Applied Nursing Research||2010 Vol 23 Number 3 pages 153-158|
|Reflexology in the management of low back pain: A pilot randomised controlled trial||F. Quinn, C.M. Hughes, G.D. Baxter||Complementary Therapies in Medicine||2008 Vol 16; number 1, Pages 3-8|
|Reflexology treatment for patients with lower limb amputations, and phantom limb pain – An exploratory pilot study||Christine Ann Brown, Catherine Lido||Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice||2008 Vol 14, Number 2, Pages 124-131|
|A randomised controlled study of reflexology for the management of chronic low back pain||Helen Poole, Sheila Glenn and Peter Murphy||European Journal of Pain||2007 Vol 11; Number 8, Pages 878-887|
|Partner-Delivered Reflexology: Effects on Cancer Pain and Anxiety||Stephenson, N. L. N. Swanson, M. Dalton, J. Keele, F. J. Engelke M.||Oncology Nursing Forum||2007 Vol 34; Number 1, Pages 127-132|
|Reflexology; A useful tool in pain management||Nest, R. V. Giaquinto, M.||Burns||2007 Vol 33; Number 1 (Supplement), Page S90|
|The effects of reflexology on foot pain and quality of life in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis; A case report||Khan, S. Otter, S. Springett, K||Foot||2008 Vol 16. Number 2 Pages 112-116|
|Using reflexology for pain management; a review||Stephenson N.L.N. Dalton J.A.||Journal of Holistic Nursing||2003 Vol 21; Part 2, Pages 179-191|
|The Effects of Foot Reflexology on Anxiety and Pain in Patients with Breast and Lung Cancer||Stephenson, N. L. Weinrich, S. P. Tavakolil, A.S.||Oncology Nursing Forum||2000 Vol 27; Part 1, Pages 67 - 76|