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Why everyone should try reflexology, how stress can affect the body and how reflexology can help…

Reflexology is a complementary therapy and much more than a massage! Reflexologists believe that particular areas of the feet, hands, face and ears are related to certain organs in the body and working on these specific areas with pressure may bring the body into balance. It is also deeply relaxing and many people I see who start the session saying ‘they’re not stressed’ actually realise just how much tension they were holding in their body.  They leave the session deeply relaxed and floating out of the room!

The foot has nearly 15,000 nerves, making them especially sensitive to being touched.

By stimulating reflex points, that reflexologists believe correspond to other areas of the body, we are sending a signal to those inner organs and glands. We are not clear how this might work but one hypothesis is that the peripheral nervous system sends signals between our head, hands and feet and brain. I have seen the reduction of symptoms in people suffering peripheral neuropathy after regular reflexology sessions which would concur with this view. Reflexology is also thought to improve the blood and energy circulation, gives a sense of relaxation, and maintain the homoeostasis.

A map is used that sets out reflex points and their corresponding organs and glands in the body. Pressure point massage similar to reflexology has been used historically in China, by the Ancient Egyptians, Native American Indians and Aboriginals.

 

Benefits of reflexology:

  • The treatment is free from any drugs and chemical, and it is a wide option for many health problems.1
  • Its ability to reduce pain.
  • It helps body to maintain the dexterity and locomotion ability.8
  • It promotes general sense of relaxation especially overused or tired hands, feet, and the whole body parts.2
  • It stimulates the release of body’s pain-relieving chemicals.1
  • As a prevention from any illness.2
  • It promotes recovery process from any injury particularly at any region at hands and feet.1

 

I offer virtual facial reflexology sessions where I guide you through a relaxing self-administered session to reduce your stress.

 

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Cyclical Creativity Podcast on Lichen Sclerosus Awareness

I did my first (very nerve wracking!) Podcast with Tessa Sanderson of Cyclical Wisdom. Whilst its not my best work as I’m so jittery, I think the message is too important not to share. I have a diagnosis of lichen sclerosus, a vulval skin condition.

I was diagnosed after insane itching that wasn’t going with thrush treatment. I thought I had thrush for years but I think I had LS and the hormonal changes of having my son tipped me over the edge. It’s meant to be rare but I have specialised working with women with it and I’m not convinced it is. I believe it’s under and mis-diagnosed. It can affect men and children too – my youngest client was diagnosed at 4.

LS is typified by burning, itching, tearing, white patches, some have swelling and it can lead to fusing of the labia, vagina and anus. Although not all those symptoms have to be there for LS. If you have persistent symptoms please do check it out with your GP, and get a second opinion if your symptoms aren’t resolving. Diagnosis can be done with a biopsy but this can cause issues too due to the trauma.

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