Clinician – Rachel Oakley (click for more information)
Reflexology is of ancient origin and is a treatment that works the whole body holistically through controlled pressure techniques. By stimulating and sedating specific reflex points on the feet in turn help detoxify, relax and rebalance the body’s natural systems. It has many positive and long-term health benefits, including the following:
• Responding to stress and tension in the body, by increasing blood and nerve supply to the muscles and stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.
• Greatly improving the function of the blood and circulatory system, by aiding the transport of nutrients, oxygen, enzymes and hormones more readily and efficiently throughout the body.
• Improving the elimination of waste and toxins from the body by stimulating the body’s lymphatic system.
• Reducing pain and inflammation in the body
It is a non-invasive therapy that does not aim to diagnose or cure illness but rather to promote the body’s powerful self-healing capability and improve and optimise physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Reflexology can be a helpful treatment for many stress related disorders and chronic health conditions such as back pain, poor circulation, high blood pressure, hormonal imbalances, insomnia and sleep disorders, stress and anxiety, gastro-intestinal disturbance including bowel & digestive difficulties including IBS.
Reflexology for Fertility Wetherby
Reflexology can also be beneficial for individuals or couples struggling with sub fertility. Reflexology can be used to treat both men and women, to help support and increase the chance of natural conception where there are no known medical or underlying fertility issues. In women it may assist with the regulation of the hormonal cycle and in men it may improve sperm quality and motility as well as relaxing and calming the body and mind. * Please note it is not recommended for women to undertake reflexology when they are going through an IVF.
Reflexology for Pregnancy Wetherby
Pregnancy reflexology can be a really helpful therapy to naturally alleviate some of the minor discomforts that occur throughout pregnancy and to reduce the pain and length of time in labour. During pregnancy the body goes through enormous hormonal changes to support the growing foetus and the women has to adapt to her changing body shape and gait. The following are some of the physical and emotional aspects that women may experience through pregnancy and that may be helped with regular reflexology:
• Back pain
• Pelvic pain
• Rib pain
• Morning sickness / nausea
• Heartburn / indigestion
• Swelling / Water retention
• Anxiety / palpitations
• Mood swings
• Itchy skin/ stretch marks
• High blood pressure
• Gestational diabetes
Pregnancy reflexology can be enjoyed as soon as the pregnancy is established providing there are no known medical health issues or history of miscarriages.
• Priming Labour (between 37 weeks to 42 weeks)
This is a stimulating reflexology treatment designed to prime labour using specific techniques and acupressure points to encourage the body to produce prostaglandins and in turn cause the uterus to contract. It is designed for pregnant women wanting a natural vaginal birth without medical intervention. This treatment can only be undertaken by pregnant women expecting a single baby who have reached full term and have no underlying medical issues.
• Post Natal Period (6 to 8 weeks post birth)
Reflexology can be hugely beneficial during the post natal period, to help support the mother’s healing and recovery from birth, to rebalance hormones, replenish energy levels, and assist with milk production and breast feeding and to help mothers bond with their babies.
Reflexology treatment times are one hour plus an additional 15 minute for the first treatment for the initial consultation.