Reflexology - The studio's most popular treatment.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-intrusive, natural and holistic therapy based on the discovery that there are "refllex" points on the hands and feet that have a corresponding relationship with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work with these "reflex" points during a treatment using different pressure and massage techniques.
With ever increasing stress levels in our day to day lives, it's important to recognise the detrimental effects stress can have on our wellbeing. Many clients are now taking action to address their stress levels and reflexology is a wonderful and enjoyable way to relax and ease tension from the fast-paced, modern way of life.
Reflexology induces a state of relaxation. Deep relaxation and a reduction in stress can bring an improved sense of wellbeing, alongside many other health-promoting benefits but this is on an individual basis.
Things that may benefit from reflexology:
- Release of tension
- Mood improvement
There are so many other things that may benefit from reflexology, however, this is on an individual basis. Whilst reflexologists are trained holistically, treating the "whole person" rather than specific symptoms, there have been some positive scientific research studies showing how reflexology can support health in the following ways:
- Improves sleep (1)
- Reduces anxiety (2)
- Relieves constipation (3)
- Improves mood and sense of wellbeing (4)
- Reduces severity and duration of menstrual pain (4)
Committed to delivering a quality reflexology service to clients, I am a member of the Association of Reflexologists, to learn more about what that means read here.
Approximately one-hour treatment which includes:
- A pre-treatment consultation
- 45-50 minute foot reflexology treatment including light touch technique.
- Any aftercare advice so you can maximise the benefits of your treatment at home (which may include aromatherapy and self-reflexology)
Holistic massage is an individual treatment that is specifically tailored to you, at the time you come for a treatment. 'Holistic' refers to treating the client as a whole, taking into account your physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
An appropriate selection from a wide range of possible techniques will be chosen to suit your needs. This process is creative and does not follow standard routines.
Aromatherapy uses volatile aromatic plant essences, known as essential oils, to treat ill-health and help maintain well-being. Essential oils can be extracted from flowers, fruit, leaves, or seeds depending on the plant.
Benefits of using essential oils include both physical and psychological effects, affecting mood and emotions via the limbic system "smell brain".
Specialising in both a holistic and clinical approach to aromatherapy, practitioners at the studio are fully trained to choose a variety of essential oils and their mode of application, which is individualised to a client’s needs.
All aromatherapists at the Studio are members of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists.
A luxury holistic treatment which includes aromatherapy, facial massage, cleansing and toning the face and neck and shoulder massage. The treatment uses only 100% natural products from Neil's Yard Organics. The essential oils that are diffused into the studio whilst you are receiving your treatment are professionally selected and blended for you, based on your aromatic preferences and how you want to feel.
The holistic facial can be beneficial for relieving stress and anxiety, migraine headache, PMS and sinus congestion. The aim of the holistic facial is to bring relaxation to your mind and spirit, easing muscular tension from your facial, neck and shoulder muscles whilst nourishing your skin.
1.Randomized controlled study of premenstrual symptoms treated with ear, hand and foot reflexology. (1997). Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 5(4), pp.251-252.
2. Mc Vicar, A., Greenwood, C., Fewell, F., D’Arcy, V., Chandrasekharan, S. and Alldridge, L. (2007). Evaluation of anxiety, salivary cortisol and melatonin secretion following reflexology treatment: A pilot study in healthy individuals. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 13(3), pp.137-145.
3.Woodward, S., Norton, C. and Barriball, K. (2010). A pilot study of the effectiveness of reflexology in treating idiopathic constipation in women. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 16(1), pp.41-46.
4. Comparing the effects of reflexology methods and Ibuprofen administration on dysmenorrhea in female students of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. Iranian journal of nursing and midwifery research, 15(Suppl 1), 371–378.