Reflexology

This is an ancient therapy which is used widely today for many different reasons, one being chronic pain.  It may ease some of the pain, help the person cut down on medication or help the person to relax more fully in order for the body to have a short reprieve from constant pain

In Reflexology the body can be mapped out on the feet or hands; different reflexes relating to different areas of the body.  In a full treatment all the reflexes will be stimulated using finger pressure.  A treatment is generally tailored to an individual so that particular areas can have more emphasis on them. Certain clients may need to be in a different position to receive treatment or some will need a shorter treatment because they cannot sit for the 45 minutes or so that a general treatment may take, or a different level of pressure is appropriate.  

Although certain reflexes may be tender due to an imbalance in the corresponding part of the body the vast majority of people find the treatment relaxing to receive.  The reflexologist is aiming to re-balance the body in order for it to start to heal itself.  It can help people with their sleep and those whose bodies have become accustomed to interrupted sleep.  Proper relaxation can provide people with a break from the tension and stress of constant pain which can be exhausting.  However relaxation takes practice for people to become more proficient at it but it is worth the work because quality relaxation affects the body and mind.  

Aromatherapy

Using essential oils blended in a massage provides many benefits for clients.

The act of massage is very beneficial for people.  It stimulates the blood supply, the nervous system and the muscular system, for those who are in constant pain and cannot do conventional exercise this may be very helpful for their bodies.  Stiffness in joints, which may occur when people suffer from chronic pain, may be eased by massage, passive movement and stretching.  Also the limbic system is stimulated by the aroma of the different essential oils and this can assist in relaxing the client.  Relaxation is always useful when a person`s system is being over loaded all the time by constant pain.  It is soothing and can provide a short reprieve for long time sufferers as it may aid sleep which can help the body when coping with chronic conditions.

A massage should be able to be adapted for different individuals according to their needs; how long they can keep still for also whether they can lay or sit etc.  Using complementary therapies for chronic illness and pain can also be seen as a positive step for sufferers which they can choose to take themselves; attempting to tackle their frustration or helplessness at coping with their day to day symptoms.  

A treatment may take thirty minutes to ninety minutes depending on the session booked and the therapist would take a brief history from the client before the treatment begins. Always use a practitioner who is qualified and insured.  Some medical insurance policies cover payment towards complementary therapies so a receipt could be asked for.  If you are contemplating using therapies – I would advise to try the therapy more than one time once you have found a suitable therapist for yourself, as previously explained, relaxation takes practice and may need to be a new skill learnt.

Jo Wiles
Reflexologist and Aromatherapist
Studio 53     

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