Rae Bowen Therapy

Reducing Pain, Stiffness, Stress & Anxiety

Reducing Pain, Stiffness, Stress & Anxiety

Reducing Pain, Stiffness, Stress & Anxiety

Reflexology

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology techniqueReflexology was first depicted on the wall of the Physician’s tomb in ancient Egypt dating back to 2,330 BC. There are similar references in some of the ancient Chinese texts. However, the form of reflexology we use today in the Western world was more widely developed in the 19th & 20th Centuries.

Many of the ancient therapies revolve around the idea of there being lines of energy flowing through the body. Reflexology is no exception and works on the principal that specific points on the feet relate to organs and systems of the body. Stimulation of these points clears energy pathways which allows our natural energy to flow more freely.

Modern life can cause blockages and congestion in these energy pathways. When they are released, our bodies will function more efficiently on all levels. We are then better able to maintain our natural balance known as homeostasis.

What can Reflexology do for you?

I am trained in Clinical reflexology which is reflexology aimed at improving your health, rather than just being for relaxation purposes. This means that what’s going on emotionally and in your lifestyle generally is going to be considered, alongside any physical aches and pains that are present.

Reflexology is very beneficial in helping to deal with the wide range of stresses that modern life puts us through. These can manifest in our bodies in any number of ways affecting everything from how we cope with life, our mood and emotional state, our energy levels, our ability to sleep and also our physical body. Most people are aware that stress makes their headaches or their ibs worse for example, but over time it can have a detrimental effect on every system of the body. A stressed body is an out of balance body.

During a reflexology session the body’s “rest and repair” system is activated which allows the stress response system to turn off. This is something we just don’t get to do very often nowadays and yet there are so many benefits to lowering our stress levels. The deep relaxation that reflexology brings is essential for allowing the body to tap into it’s own ability to heal itself.

Another area that has a huge impact on our day to day function that reflexology can be most helpful for is our endocrine system, known to you and me as our hormones. This is an area that’s had far too little research and yet most women will tell you that hormonal imbalances can be one of the biggest issues they have to deal with.

Using reflexology to de-stress and re-balance can have a hugely positive effect on all sorts of hormone related issues. This includes balancing the body ahead of trying to conceive or throughout a pregnancy. This is an area I’ve undertaken specialist training in and there’s lots of information on my Fertility & Maternity Reflexology page for anyone wanting to know a bit more about this area.

Many people notice improvements in mood and sleep patterns after reflexology, as well as relief from stress and tension. Clients often continue to have reflexology regularly, using it as a preventative measure and to keep their overall sense of health and well-being.

What can you expect during a Reflexology session?

clinical reflexology

You will be asked to remove socks and shoes before relaxing into a reclining chair. Reflexology involves working on the feet and ankles with a firm but gentle pressure which is in no way ticklish. The feet are worked in a precise sequence of moves which cover all the reflex points of the body. I will then work more specifically over areas of concern and the session finishes with a relaxing foot massage.

To allow your body to maximise the effects of the therapy and achieve lasting benefits, a short course of sessions is usually recommended. We are all different which makes it hard to predict but no therapy is magic and balance is unlikely to be achieved after just a single session. Regular therapy does produce the best results and of course, is a very pleasant experience in the process!

Want to know more?

If Reflexology sounds like something you want to know more about, then please do get in touch today.
Give me a ring, drop me an email or use my Contact page to send a message.

Rachael Cavanagh – 07762 627940
rachael@raebowentherapy.co.uk