Frequently Asked Questions
Can these treatments help particular health problems?
Advertising Standards Agency guidelines prevent practitioners from giving examples on websites and other written material, of what benefits their clients with particular health conditions have experienced, unless it can be supported by research. As complementary therapists don't have at their disposal the funding available to the drugs industry, this is very difficult to accomplish. However I am able to advise you that the therapies which I practise may help relaxation, improve sleep, ease muscular tension and promote a sense of wellbeing. They are therefore useful in supporting sufferers of chronic health conditions.
If you ring me I am permitted to give anecdotal information regarding the effects my treatments have had on clients, which may help you decide whether they are likely to be of benefit to you. This is because it is classed as information and not advertising.
What happens at a treatment?
I begin each session discussing your current state of health and any changes since your previous session. The first session is likely to be longer than stated as I will need to gather some background information such as family health patterns, your work, eating and exercise habits. This information is treated with the strictest confidence.
If having a Reflexology treatment you will sit or lie on a treatment couch whilst I work on your feet. Reflexology incorporates pressure on most areas of the foot as well as a foot massage.
Seated Acupressure uses a specially designed chair to provide maximum relaxation whilst I work on the back, neck. shoulders, arms and head, using pressure and stretches.
At the end of each treatment I will offer some practical advice to help you support any improvements brought about by the session. This may include dietary, exercise or lifestyle information. It's up to you what you do with it, but improvements to health are generally more effective if supported by some changes you make yourself.
Regardless of the therapy chosen clients remain fully clothed (except for footwear) throughout the session .
Can anyone have Reflexology or Seated Acupressure ?
The therapies which I practise are very safe, but there are some instances when I will not be able to offer a treatment -
You should never come for a treatment if you have a fever, have an infectious or contagious disease, are under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs, or are experiencing diarrhoea or vomiting.
Because I have not yet done the specialist training I am currently unable to offer treatments to pregnant women or cancer sufferers, although I can offer Reflexology Lymph Drainage to clients who have received treatment for cancer and are now experiencing lymphoedema.
SA - because of the design of the chair used, this is not suitable for children under the age of about 14. Elderly clients may also find it difficult to sit on the chair if they experience mobility problems.
How many sessions will I need?
Every one of us is an individual so it is impossible to say. Experience has taught me that some people with long standing problems have responded very quickly whilst others have found it takes longer.
If you have a health issue which you are trying to address then having 4-6 treatments at weekly intervals is ideal. Having them at longer intervals will just mean that any improvements in your health may take longer to become noticeable.
If you are coming for relaxation purposes, then the frequency of sessions depends on how often you'd like to feel incredibly relaxed!
I will never suggest that you continue coming for treatments if you do not feel that you are benefiting from them. But I will say that sometimes clients don't always realise how their health has improved until we talk about it!
What if I'm on medication?
Although Reflexology and Seated Acupressure are safe to use alongside medication, it may be necessary to adjust the dose you take occasionally because they can bring about changes in the body, for example balancing hormones. If you are taking medication such as thyroxine, insulin or blood pressure medication you should ask your doctor to monitor your dose.
I am always happy to discuss the general nature of these therapies with your doctor if they need further information, but will only discuss your particular case if you have given me permission in writing.
Can I have Reflexology or SA if I am receiving other Complementary Therapy treatments?
Yes, although if it is body work, then it is as well to leave a few days between receiving treatments to give the body time to settle down. If you are using homeopathy, herbal remedies, etc. then this is does not apply.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects which some clients may experience are feeling tired, feeling energised, needing to urinate or empty the bowels more frequently, feeling thirsty, a few aches. All of these should be of short duration and quite mild, being signs of the body making adjustments, but if you have any concerns please ring me to discuss them.
Usually clients feel relaxed and energised.
What do I wear?
For SA it is best to wear loose fitting or stretchy clothes that don't restrict movement. Natural fibres are preferable to prevent the accumulation of static. It is good to have a jumper or cardigan for warmth as your body temperature often drops a little during a treatment. For Reflexology wear comfortable clothing and ensure you can easily remove socks or tights.