Reflexology is a non invasive complementary therapy involving stimulation to reflex points found on the feet and hands. Specialist techniques aim to increase blood, lymph and energy flow to specific organs and systems of the body. This stimulates the body's own healing processes and enables the body to restore it's natural balance.
When our body's are out of balance, due to illness, stress or external factors affecting out body, energy cannot flow freely and this can cause blockages, leaving us to feel unbalanced. Reflexology is applied to destroy these blockages, removing toxins and impurities, allowing energy to flow freely.
Reflexology does not diagnose or cure illness and is not a medical treatment. However, it does play a vital role in prevention and facilitates healing within the body. Like with many complementary therapies, we look at the body as a whole, rather than focusing on individual symptoms. With the entire body being mapped on the foot, we can target specific organs or areas of the body that are related to your ailment or condition, creating a focused personal treatment for you.
Reflexology, as a complementary therapy can work alongside conventional healthcare.There are many conditions that can be supported with reflexology. It is a powerful way to support your immune system, increase energy levels, circulation, lower blood pressure and induce deep relaxation, assisting the body to self heal and allowing you to feel a greater sense of balance and well being
REFLEXOLOGY CAN ASSIST WITH
Pre-conceptual care, pregnancy & natural labour
Strengthen immune system
Lower blood pressure
IBS and other digestive issues
Pre and post operative recovery
...and many more
Alex Bottomley (MAR) is a fully qualified Reflexologist, graduate of The London School of Reflexology and a full member of the Association of Reflexologists.
Whilst previously working in television production, Alex became aware of the mental and physical impact that hectic and stressful industries can have on the mind, body and spirit. Having always had a curiosity in complementary health and a desire to help people, Alex decided to leave the screens and retrain in reflexology.
We take an intuitive approach, recognising your individual needs and creating a bespoke treatment that will meet expectations and enhance your health and well being. Although only ever having reflexology once before, it was a large part of Alex's life. Her first experience was at the age of 15, receiving it at a hospice very soon after her father passed away. Whilst going through such a difficult time, the treatment managed to transport her to a place of deep relaxation, a place to slow down and switch off from her worries and fears. It was a truly beautiful experience and the reason that Alex works with YouCan a charity who supports young people (10-35) whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
HOW TO CHOOSE A REFLEXOLOGIST
There are many people who say they provide reflexology and have only completed a weekend or online course. Their knowledge and training will be very basic and therefore you must ensure that you take the time to choose someone with the right credentials. A registered, qualified reflexologist will have undergone a year or more training, with 100 hours minimum of practical work.
By choosing a reflexologist with the letters MAR, FMAR or HMAR after there name will ensure they have completed extensive training and means that the therapist:
- Holds a nationally recognised reflexology qualification
- Fully insured
- Undertakes continuing professional development
- Abides by the AoR's comprehensive Code of Practice
Look out for the AoR logo (as below)