Prior to the commencement of Reflexology you are requested to complete a patient's case history. This provides the practitioner with important medical information and background of any problems you have. Please be as detailed as possible. This should be returned prior to your first session.
During the first session your case history will be discussed in order to pinpoint areas of improvement and for the practitioner to tailor-make the treatment to your needs. A Consultation Card will then be completed with general information details such as your name, address, telephone number, height, weight etc. All details remain private and confidential.
Next you will be asked to stand, cream will be applied to your feet and a vertical reflexology treatment (VRT) will commence.
General Reflexology Treatment
Following VRT all the reflex points of the entire body are worked out noting any sensitive areas. A sensitive area indicates an imbalance in that part of the body and usually relates to the condition(s) noted on the Case History.
The practitioner will then work on specific points relevant to any problems you have.
Specific Ailment Treatment
After VRT specific reflex points will be worked out relating to the condition you have presented. For example if you are suffering from constipation alot of work will be done on the liver, digestive system, coccyx and
lumbar spine. This allows time for the desired effect to take place. There will also be some general relaxation techniques intermixed with the treatment. It is always your choice whether you receive a general or specific ailment treatment but please bear in mind that results will probably be much faster with specific ailment treatment and so is recommended for specific chronic conditions whereas a general treatment will give your body an overall MOT. Both treatments will be discussed with you prior to the session.
During the session you may feel sleepy and if you do so it is recommended that you allow yourself to fall asleep. Please don't fight it. Reflexology is a very relaxing experience and is a catalyst to body needs. The majority of patients do fall asleep.
Light Touch Energy Technique Reflexology
This technique uses an extremely light touch working on a subtle level to restore balance to the mind, body and spirit. It can be used in conjunction with the other Reflexology techniques or as a stand-alone treatment.
A short case history is completed and any problem areas are discussed together with a contra-indication sheet being completed. You are advised that your hair may become very messy and you are requested to remove jewellery. The treatment starts with a series of deep breaths being taken by yourself while the therapist lays her hands on your shoulders. There then follows a series of massage movements including :-
- effleurage which is a gentle smoothing technique that helps to calm and lightly increase circulation;
- friction movements which help to flatten, broaden or stretch the tissue, increase the rate of exchange that takes place between the cells and the interstitial fluid, makes the connective tissues more pliable so that they function more efficiently and helps to break down adhesion in muscle tissue and fascia;
- petrissage movements are a little like "kneading dough" and help to increase removal of waste products from tissue and encourage fresh oxygen and nutrients to it, helps to stretch muscle and reduce adhesions;
- tapotment movements include quick striking manipulations which are highly stimulating, help to tone muscles and revitalise the body;
- vibration movements are shaking or trembling techniques which if applied lightly are soothing and bring about relaxation or if applied more deeply have a stimulating effect on the nerves and are refreshing; and
- pressure movements which are applied using the fingers and thumbs they help to clear nerve pathways, increase circulation, restore energy and balance the body.
A combination of these techniques are applied to the shoulders, neck, head, scalp, back, face and upper arms.
Following the session discussion will take place as to the benefits you have received and a further treatment can be booked.
Sometimes music will be played during these treatments in order to enhance the experience. Following Reflexology and Indian Head Massage you are advised to drink at least 1 pint of water during the 24 hour period following the session. This is in order that any released toxins can be flushed out of your system.
A short case history and colour chart is completed and problem areas are discussed together with the related chakra significance:-
- Root chakra or Mooladhara is located at the base of the spine and is associated with the colour red. Physically the root chakra relates to the denser parts of the body such as the spine, bones and red blood cells. Psychologically it is related to completion in our lives if energy is stagnant in this area then projects are often being left incomplete.
- Sacral chakra or Swadhistana is located just below the navel and is associated with the colour orange. Physically it relates to the pelvic region of the body incorporating the kidneys, womb, bladder and muscles. Psychologically it is related to self-knowledge and really accepting yourself exactly as you are.
- Solar Plexus chakra or Manipura is located just below the sternum and is associated with the colour yellow. Physically it relates to the digestive system and perhaps interestingly psychologically it relates to digesting events in life.
- Heart chakra or Anahata is located behind the heart and is associated with the colour green and light pink. Physically it relates to the heart, lungs, arms and hands. Physochologically it is about living your life with unconditional love and allowing transformation to occurr at the heart chakra.
- Throat chakra or Vishuddha is located behind the throat and is associated with the colour blue. Physically it relates to the voice and communication. Physchologically it is about speaking your personal truth.
- Third eye or Ajna chakra is located slightly above and between the eye brows. Physically it relates to the mind and pineal gland. Physchologically it is using instinct for your higher good.
- Crown or Sahasra chakra is located at the top of the head. Physically it relates to the nervous system and pituitary gland. Psychologically it is about being still and watching the world go by.
The person receiving the massage can either lie down or remain seated in a chair. Pulse-synchronisation is then used to attune with the Client. The client is asked to take some deep breaths. A scanning technique is used around the entire body to enable the therapist to become aware of any areas of imbalance and coloured silks are placed on or near to the relevant areas. Ruffling around the body is then used and potential problem areas worked out. If the client is lying down they will be asked to turn over so that the other side of the body can be similarly worked out. The massage is finished with gently laying the hands on either the head or the feet. Discussion as to the client's and therapist's experience will take place together with the best way forward. Please bear in mind that you may fall asleep during the session and it is perfectly natural to do so.
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