ReflexologyReflexology involves the application of specific types of pressure and manipulation to points and areas located on all parts of the feet. These are referred to as reflexes and relate to the structures, internal organs and tissues of the body as well as bodily functions. Similar principles apply to the hands. It's an ancient therapy with roots in Chinese, Indian and Egyptian cultures. Principles were acknowledged in the western world in the late 19th century.
The intention of treatments is to remove energy blockages in the body while inducing a state of deep relaxation. The ideal is for you to almost drift off to sleep while still being aware of sensations in the body.
Enhanced Approaches and TechniquesSince qualifying I've continued to study developments in the therapy, different approaches and additional techniques which can be incorporated into my practice. Most significant of these are:
- Āyurvedic Reflexology, also known as Kansa Vatki Foot Massage, a very dynamic form of reflexology using warm oil and working marma points for an invigorating alternative to conventional treatment.
- Acupressure points on the feet and hands from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
- Principles and techniques from Polarity Therapy including linking to other parts of the body to help release congestion and improve the flow of energy.
- Use of a tuning fork from my Sound Therapy to further stimulate the tissues and the flow of energy in the feet; the fork is specially designed for use directly on the body.
Mixed TreatmentIt is also possible to tailor treatments using a combination of therapies e.g. working on the face AND the feet or hands, working on the face, the feet or the hands AND some Sound Therapy.
I trained at the Raworth Centre in Dorking, Surrey (sadly now closed) where I ultimately became a tutor for a number of years. I was responsible for developing and teaching the Reflexology Diploma Course as well as introducing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Workshops for practising reflexologists. I then moved back to my home town of Edinburgh where I introduced the CPD workshops finally focussing on teaching Āyurvedic treatments - see the Courses & Workshops page. I have attended numerous specialist Reflexology courses over the years and am a Member of the Association of Reflexologists.
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