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The aim of reflexology is to “create homeostasis, which means that the organs in the body are all working together and at their best.”
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Mindful Reflexology …
…Supporting clients with stress, anxiety and depression
It is estimated that 1 in 4 adults will experience some form of stress, anxiety or depression each year, and approximately 1 in 10 children of school age suffer from mental health problems. Short term stress is not a problem and our bodies are well equipped to deal with it. However, when the pressure becomes long term it starts to have a detrimental impact on health, causing physical, emotional, behavioural and cognitive problems.
Anxiety & Depression
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome which can be subjectively perceived as menacing. It is a perfectly normal feeling but people with generalised anxiety disorder find it hard to control their worries and psychological and physical problems can develop over time.
Depression is used to describe a range of moods which manifest themselves and have a negative and even detrimental impact on everyday life. Mixed anxiety and depression are the most common mental health disorders in Britain today, 98% of people with depression also suffer with anxiety. With modern day lifestyles we need to acknowledge that the way we live has a profound impact on our mental health.
What is Mindfulness & how can it help?
Mindfulness medication is based on Buddhist techniques which can help people change the way that they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences. It aims to achieve a relaxed, non-judgmental awareness of thoughts, feeling and sensations.
Benefits include: Better ability to cope with stresses/uncertainties of everyday life, improved sleep and ability to relax, learning the skill of responding to rather than reacting to situations, promotes kindness towards oneself and others.
Reflexology Treatment plan:
A course of 8 weekly sessions is recommended.
The first appointment usually lasts around 90 minutes which is includes a thorough initial consultation and a reflexology treatment.
Follow up sessions last for 1 hour, the treatment is around 45- 50 minutes, which gives us time to discuss any changes to your health and wellbeing.
After a session of reflexology, you may notice that you feel more relaxed, that body tension eases and you experience improved sleep, better mood, increased energy levels, and a sense of general improved wellbeing.
Try to take it easy for an hour or so after reflexology whilst your body starts to respond to this deeply nurturing treatment.
Sessions are charged at £65 for the initial appointment and £45 thereafter.
At your first appoitment you will have a full consultation and reflexology treatment. Optional mindfulness exercises will be offered during the treatment and hand reflexology points for you to practice at home.
You will receive information on ways to reduce your stress/ depression/ anxiety. An individualised plan will be created for you to follow with a varied selection of self-help techniques to continue the positive effects of the treatment at home.
The therapy room is set in a tranquil, garden log cabin in Walmley, Sutton Coldfield. This purpose built space creates a calming and soothing environment for you to relax.
How does Mindful Reflexology work?
- By relaxing and restoring nerve pathways signals to the brain and spinal cord.
- Balancing any hormonal disruption caused by the endocrine system which can cause low mood.
- Working the Limbic system which controls how the brain retains information and memories. (PTSD & anxiety)
- Relaxing and improving the gut function which can be affected by raised cortisol levels (stress, anxiety) or reduced serotonin levels (depression).
- Improving how we breath by releasing any tension held throughout our lungs, intercostal muscles and diaphragm through times of stress.
Research how shown significant improvement in people who have committed to an 8-week course of mindful reflexology:
- Sexual difficulties
- Immune function
- Feelings of wellbeing