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 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 may 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, manipulation and stretches.
When having an Ear Candling treatment you'll lie on my treatment couch, first on one side, then the other, then on your back whilst I finish with a facial massage.
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 and hand Reflexology for you to try yourself. 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, Seated Acupressure or Ear Candling ?
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.
Reflexology – if you have cellulitis (a skin infection), DVT or certain foot conditions.
SA - because of the design of the chair used, this is not suitable for children under the age of about 14, although it is height dependent rather than age. Elderly clients may also find it difficult to sit on the chair if they experience mobility problems.
Ear Candling - check out my Ear Candling page for a list of situations when it would not be appropriate to have a treatment.
How many sessions will I need?
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 the treatments which I offer are safe to use alongside medication, it may be necessary to adjust the dose you take occasionally because Reflexology in particular 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, Ear Candling 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?
Sometimes clients may experience a healing reaction such as 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 Reflexology wear comfortable clothing and ensure you can easily remove socks or tights.
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 Ear Candling it is best to wear natural fibres if possible and clothing which is not high up the neck.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
I reserve the right to charge for appointments which are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, although I understand that sometimes it's not possible to give this amount of notice. If you need to cancel an appointment, please do so by phone or text as I don't monitor my e-mails or Facebook constantly and may miss your message.
Which Key Workers qualify for the discount scheme?
Ambulance service, including support staff
Fire Service, including support staff
Police, including support staff
Retail workers in the essential retail sector
Teachers and support staff
Veterinary practice staff