Wednesday, 23 March 2016

What my feet said about me | Reflexology

I have to get it out there, I love my feet being massaged, I have some friends that cant even stand the thought of their feet being touched but for me its total bliss. So I completely jumped at the chance when AoR (Association of Reflexologists) offered me the chance to have a session of reflexology. I knew a small amount about reflexology, that it was all in the feet and how certain parts of the foot linked up to the rest of the body, but that was about it. They say;

"Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists believe that working these points or areas aids relaxation and helps improve wellbeing."

When I had my appointment (more on that momentarily) I was amazed to hear how reflexology has been practised for thousands of years, being an ancient therapy that was only introduced into the western world just over a 100 years ago. Reflexology helps promote wellbeing, mood, stress and can aid better sleep and relaxation.

On their website I used the ‘find a reflexologist’ service, where I put in my postcode and found a well trained and insured reflexologist local to me. I informed Jayne of my availability and arranged to go to her house where she did the treatments. I had always been to a spa or small salon/spa for previous massages etc so it was new to me to go to someone's house but I am converted. Jayne was so welcoming and being the only client at that time was kind of special, it was all about me, which made it more relaxing and peaceful. Jayne gave me a consultation, asking the usual questions of allergies, previous operations, medication etc etc and processed to explain to me the wonders of reflexology. To be honest I kept Jayne chatting throughout as I love to know everything, I asked what each part of my foot meant and when something felt odd or 'crunchy' as she put it, I wanted to know what it linked to. It was fascinating as she moved along my foot and it just felt nice, then one spot felt odd and she said that was my shoulders, I hadn't mentioned to her that whenever I get massages they always comment on the lactic acid build up in my shoulders as it gets really bad. Again she hit another spot and I said it was really tender and felt great when she was rubbing it, she said it was connected to my hip and ta-da, another link as I have hip dysplacia. I was so fascinated by it all, she wasn't just saying my hip because I had mentioned it, I could actually feel things when she hit certain spots.

After my treatment I felt so relaxed, probably more so if I didn't chat throughout haha, but information is my Zen.

My overall experience with Jayne and the Association of Reflexologists has been great and would highly recommend the website to find someone near you as its an organisation you can trust to provide trained and insured practitioners. 

Have you tried reflexology?

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Thank you to the Association of Reflexologists and Jayne Hall for treating me.  
All opinions are my own. 


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