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What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is an ancient therapy which dates back thousands of years. The origins of Reflexology are based in China and Egypt where practitioners would apply pressure to the feet in order to initiate the body’s healing response to ill health, whilst aiming to restore energy imbalances.
Practitioners believed the whole body could be mapped out on the feet and also that the body contains 10 vertical energy lines running from head to toe. They believed that as the feet mirrored the body, the energy lines were also present with 5 lines in each foot.
Vast amounts of research by dedicated individuals led to something called Zone Therapy, which then progressed into the type of Reflexology used today. Modern Reflexology is performed using sequences of movements which are applied to specific areas of the feet, stimulating many of the 7000+ nerve endings found there.

What can Reflexology do for me?

Reflexology is not intended to be a means to diagnose illnesses or medical conditions. It is a Complementary Therapy which can either be used alongside conventional medical treatment or on its own to help improve overall well being by bringing the body and mind back into a state of equal balance. Applying pressure in such a specific way stimulates the nervous system which triggers a chain of events within the brain to start the healing process. Reflexology has many benefits including:

  • Increased blood circulation, improving the delivery of oxygen and nutrients around the body
  • Increased activity in the kidneys and digestive system which alongside increased lymphatic drainage, aids toxin elimination
  • Nervous system stimulation to initiate the body’s natural healing response
  • Aid in the reduction of physical fatigue
  • Reduction of mental fatigue
  • Improvement in sleep quality
  • Endorphin release which improves the overall sense of well being.
  • A Reflexology session is performed with the aim of inducing a state of deep relaxation – it is this state which allows the body to re-balance itself with the mind and aid the body’s ability to heal.

 

Please note that any corrective work can only be undertaken by a suitably qualified practitioner and this will be discussed with you during your consultation. I am not medically qualified to diagnose clients but can advise on referral to a doctor or relevant medical professional. 

 

 

What is Massage?

Massage is a therapy which involves manipulation of various structures within the body. There are many different ways to perform massage and qualified Therapists will undergo specific training to carry out each type in a safe and professional manner. Like Reflexology, the origins of Massage Therapy date back thousands of years to China but became most prevalent in India. Medical practitioners there developed a healthcare system which we know as Ayurveda and performing massage became a vital part of Ayurvedic healthcare. It fitted in with the belief of good health depending on the holistic self working in harmony and as massage has effects on the mind as well as the body it became an integral part of healing. Please read on to find more information on the massage services available.

Hand & Arm Massage

Along with the feet, the hands are one of the most neglected areas of the body. The invention of smartphones, tablets and long days spent working with computers has led to an increase in conditions such as Repetitive Strain Injury. Changes in weather can cause pain in the joints which can make conditions such as Arthritis much more painful. There are many ways the hands and arms can become painful, swollen, suffer inflammation within the joints and just generally tired and sore. Blossom provides a treatment designed to work with the client by concentrating on areas requiring the healing effects of Massage whilst incorporating Reflexology by stimulating Reflex Points on the hands.

Foot & Lower Leg Massage

As mentioned above the feet are one of the most neglected yet hard working areas of the body. The feet carry the weight of the whole body every day and take a lot of strain. Ill fitting shoes or high heels can lead to problems with the arches in the underside of the feet, bunions where the toes are and general pain that can extend all the way up the legs into the lower back. Feet easily tire from long days spent standing or walking around which in turn can contribute to fluid retention around the ankles, particularly in hot temperatures. The feet and legs can require additional care from many different causes, ranging from medical conditions to the general wear and tear of daily life. Blossom provides a treatment designed to work with the client by concentrating on areas requiring the healing effects of Massage whilst incorporating Reflexology by stimulating Reflex Points on the feet.

 

What are the overall effects of Massage?

  • Increased blood circulation, improving the delivery of oxygen and nutrients. Increased circulation encourages cellular activity which means the cells can work more efficiently
  • Lymphatic circulation is improved as the massage movements encourages lymph to move to the nearest lymph nodes. The aim of improving lymphatic circulation is to reduce fluid retention
  • Soothing sore joints by fetching heat to the area through sweeping massage movements
  • Improving blood flow to the fingers and toes through stimulating massage movements
  • Muscle tissue can be relaxed and healing promoted through massage if a muscle has been overworked due to the increase in blood circulation to the area
  • Improved skin condition due to the moisturising properties of the massage wax
  • Induce a feeling of relaxation which will enhance the sense of wellbeing
  • Stimulate as well as soothe the nervous system which may ease the severity of symptoms in clients with Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • Kick start the natural healing response through nerve stimulation on pressure points
  • Combining the stimulation of Reflex Points with a massage will create a truly bespoke treatment which encompasses the idea of holistic health by working with the client, not on the client.

 

Please note that any corrective work can only be undertaken by a suitably qualified practitioner and this will be discussed with you during your consultation. I am not medically qualified to diagnose clients but can advise on referral to a doctor or relevant medical professional.