"I can thoroughly recommend Heather at Barefoot holistic therapies. Her friendly and professional attitude combined with a deep knowledge for her subject and practical skills are a winning combination".

 Nick (reflexology)

The aim of reflexology is to “create homeostasis, which means that the organs in the body are all working together and at their best.”
(Bickerton 2014)

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.

Mindfulness exercises are offered during the treatment as well as a varied selection of self-help techniques to continue the positive effects of the treatment at home.

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.

Benefits

Research how shown significant improvement in people who have committed to an 8-week course of mindful reflexology:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Insomnia
  • Immune function
  • Feelings of wellbeing

Click on the interactive foot map to help you see how parts of the body are reflected on the feet