Reflexology Treatments

Reflexology

Reflexology is both an ancient and a very modern therapy. It is a simple, non-intrusive, complementary therapy. It involves gentle pressure on the reflex points of the soles of your feet. This action encourages the body to relax completely. It may help to reduce stress, create deep relaxation and improve circulation, revitalising and rebalancing the whole system. It may complement and work alongside medical care, especially problems which affect the whole body, for example, problems with sleep.


It is a wonderful, relaxing treatment that can help if you are experiencing problems with physical health or facing emotional challenges. Or maybe you just know that you need to spend more time looking after yourself. Whether injured or ill, or just lacking energy, reflexology may help. It will work to restore balance and coax your body into healing itself.

Most people find it intensely relaxing. Clients report feelings of reduced tension and stress, increased energy, improved sleep and enhanced well-being. They can also experience an improvement in the symptoms of specific conditions. Regular treatments can help to maintain good health and as a preventative to ill health.

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Reflexology is suitable for most people, although there are some conditions that might mean waiting a few weeks for your treatment while they resolve.

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Hot Reflexology

Hot Reflexology is a full reflexology treatment that starts and ends with steaming hot hand-made herbal compresses to help ease muscle aches & pains, alleviate stiff joints, stimulate circulation, increase lymphatic drainage, detoxify & release stagnant energy in the body.

It lifts your reflexology treatment to a new level of relaxation, and is wonderful if you have cold feet or on a cold rainy day.

The compresses are heated in a steamer, and a combination of dabbing, kneading and rolling movements bring deep warmth and relaxation to your feet, ankles and lower leg.


I make the compresses up specially for each client, so I appreciate 48 hours notice when you book Hot Reflexology.

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The compresses are made from specially mixed dried ingredients. These include:

  • rose petals
  • linden leaves
  • green tea
  • liquorice powder
  • cinnamon
  • marshmallow leaves
  • camomile flowers

Your pre-appointment consultation takes allergies into account, but if you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me to discuss.

Fertility Reflexology

There is nothing more amazing than our bodies producing a new life.


So when this doesn’t happen for you when you expect, your body and mind can be overwhelmed with stress. Stress can have a powerful affect on how your fertility is working for you. Your emotions and mind are working overtime, which in turn can create a vicious cycle of stress.


Reflexology is a safe and non–invasive therapy that can benefit both men and women with infertility issues. It can also help support couples who have difficulty in conceiving and may be undergoing medical assisted reproductive treatment, such as IVF.


As a therapy it helps ease stress and tension, and helps with any anxiety or fear associated with fertility issues. 


Reflexology can help to take your body and mind become more relaxed. Working the pressure points on the feet encourages oxygen and good blood flow, and calms and balances the body and mind, giving you a sense of well-being.

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Fertility Reflexology may help you if you:


  • Are thinking about getting pregnant
  • Want to optimise your chances of getting pregnant
  • Have been pregnant before but finding it hard this time around
  • Have suffered from miscarriages with no known cause
  • Are going through assisted conception like IVF or IUI
  • Have been trying to get pregnant for a while, but with no luck


If this sounds like you, then you may wish to use complementary treatments as a support for fertility.


Although it is a significant investment, ideally we would schedule weekly treatments to begin with. This way, we can work through your monthly cycle with specific techniques to support you through the different aspects of your cycle.


Reflexology will help guide and support you through your journey, whether you are trying naturally or having assisted help through IVF.


Reflexology is also beneficial for the male. Men with low sperm count may have a hormonal imbalance. Reflexology will help to balance and relax the emotional side that he too will be experiencing.

Pregnancy Reflexology

Reflexology provides an opportunity to focus purely on yourself and your growing baby and concentrate on your physical and emotional well-being. It is an excellent way to help reduce the physical and emotional symptoms and provide additional support for well-being through pregnancy.


Reflexology throughout your pregnancy and postnatally can help by aiding relaxation, reducing anxiety, generally de-stressing and improving sleep. It provides one to one attention, relaxation and supportive touch in an empathic environment.

Reflexology may give support with common conditions during pregnancy such as constipation, low back pain, heartburn, anxiety, depression. It could also support you in dealing with emotional issues and help with the symptoms of ever-changing hormone levels.

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Unless you have been having regular reflexology for a time, you might prefer not to start during your first trimester. If you would like to start reflexology at this time, it is advisable to call me for a chat about your history, and what you hope to get from your treatments. Once you reach the second trimester, reflexology can help with many physical symptoms. You may find you have increased anxiety, tiredness, back pain, other aches and swollen ankles. Reflexology is excellent to maintain general well-being at both a physical and emotional level, as well as help with sleep issues.


The birth of your baby is the joyful start of a new and exciting era in your life. But there are new challenges as you learn to care for another little person. Your hormone levels are changing yet again and may leave feeling low, tearful or anxious. Continued treatment after the birth will encourage a speedy recovery from the birth and some much needed time out to de-stress and relax.

A research study has shown that post-natal women found that their quality of sleep improved with reflexology. Better sleep makes you feel better able to cope. This will be calming for both you and the baby. In my quiet therapy room, I will make sure that you and baby are comfortable on the couch. It often works well to feed the baby during the treatment. As you relax with the reflexology, the baby also becomes calm and will often sleep soundly on your tummy for the rest of your treatment. You will realise reflexology is not only possible in your new routine but beneficial for you and your baby!

Children & Teen Reflexology

Reflexology has the same benefits for children and teens. The calming effect of a treatment may help if a child is experiencing a stressful period in their life. For example, due to changes in family life, a change in school or during exams. It can help with hormonal changes, sleep deprivation and even peer pressure. Children’s stress often shows through physical symptoms. such as muscle or joint pain, headaches, migraine or digestive problems. They may also have behaviour difficulties.


Reflexology for children under 16 will only be carried out with parent’s consent. A parent must be present while the treatment is taking place. Foot or face reflexology is suitable for children.

Toddlers

Reflexology for very young children is best in small doses – they don’t often enjoy a long session. So, I recommend their treatment happens during a session booked for mum or dad.


Little ones can struggle with digestion/wind problems, sniffles and snuffles, to say nothing of teething pain, and sleep problems. They can also be stressed by changes in their environment. These changes could be:

  • potty training
  • pre-school/school
  • coping with a new sibling
  • loss of a pet
  • moving house 


They can show stress by changes to normal behaviour. For example they may start or increase thumb sucking, nail biting, disrupted sleep.


Reflexology may help to calm your young child and improve their symptoms. A Danish study found that reflexology helped reduce crying in colicky babies. Reflexology for toddlers is a short, fun, interactive session. I use gentle pressure. Consequently, they normally relax quite quickly and enjoy the treatment.

Children

Primary school age children experience huge changes. They are learning to fit in with a school culture, and about new relationships and friendships. Family dynamics change. All these can result in anxiety for a child. This can show in growing pains, tummy aches, and headaches. Reflexology can help relieve anxiety and help your child deal with it more effectively.


Reflexology can help your child relax. They can let go of stress and unwind in a calm, welcoming space. They can bring a favourite toy for reassurance. I can show your child reflexology points on the hands or face that they can use for themselves.


Neck problems are now common in children and teenagers. This may be due to poor posture when studying and from playing computers games or mobile phone usage. Reflexology can help to relieve the muscular tension from these activities.

Teenagers

Sleep research shows that teenagers need on average 9-10 hours of sleep a night. At this age, their brains are going through an enormous shift, and sleep is especially important. Yet there seem to be a million reasons why they can’t get enough sleep. These can be:

  • hormonal changes
  • after school activities
  • social media
  • internet
  • gaming
  • light exposure from electronics
  • an over-aroused brain
  • sleep disorders


These can results in concentration difficulties, mood swings, short attention span, lack of enthusiasm, depression, or clumsiness, for instance. They can also affect academic performance, or enjoyment of hobbies.


Regular reflexology sessions aid sleep, helping to promote a deeper and more regular sleep pattern.


Hormones change during the teenage years. These can often bring acne, mood swings, menstrual difficulties and headaches as a result. Reflexology can help to rebalance the Endocrine system. This helps to manage and regulate these hormonal imbalances. In addition to these normal changes, stress and anxiety is now a large part of teenage lives. This may be peer pressure, social media demands, expectations for academic success, or worries about current affairs. These external pressures combine with internal changes – and your child can feel in a very lonely place.


Regular reflexology can help in two ways. First, it can help avoid the build-up of stress and anxieties. Second, it can help manage it when levels are at a peak. Treatments help teens unwind and switch off. Importantly, it gives them an opportunity to recharge their batteries. Introducing your teenager to reflexology can encourage them to take an active role in their own well-being. that they will be able to carry this into adult life.

Life Limiting Illness Reflexology

Receiving a diagnosis of a life limiting illness such as cancer can be an incredible shock. You can feel suddenly out of control of your life and your own body.


The diagnosis can mean the start of an exhausting round of procedures, tests and medication. Reflexology can be a wonderful, soothing therapy at this time. It can also be a way to get back your sense of self and well-being through a relaxing and comforting experience.


Reflexology can enable clients to take an active role in their care plan.


Although Reflexology may help ease some symptoms of illness and your treatment, it is not an alternative to conventional medical treatments. You will need to follow your care team’s plan such as surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy or medication. I recommend that you tell your care team that you are considering reflexology. It is important to have them onside if you are having other treatments.


Reflexology offers an effective way to relax at a difficult time. It is non-invasive, you don’t need to remove clothing other than just socks and shoes. This makes it an ideal therapy even if you are feeling exhausted.

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Reflexology sessions may help to:

  • Reduce aches and pains
  • Reduce nausea
  • Improve sleep pattern
  • Relieve breathlessness
  • Relieve constipation and digestive upset
  • Support emotional well-being
  • Enhance your quality of life
  • Relieve anxiety, stress, and depression
  • Boost your immune system
  • Reduce swelling (oedema)
  • Balance the body
  • Boost energy levels
  • Aid your body to recover post-surgery, radiotherapy, or chemotherapy

Caring for a seriously ill family member or friend can be emotionally and physically draining. So, a reflexology treatment may balance body and mind, provide respite, and replenish energy. It allows a time for those in the role of caregiver to receive.

Your Reflexology session will take place at my relaxing therapy room. I will make every effort to give you a treatment that will suit your needs. Firstly, initial treatments will begin with a discussion to understand your illness and your current issues. For instance, your Reflexology session times can be made shorter if that is what you need. Whilst treatments are generally on the feet, hand reflexology is also possible if you prefer. Both foot and face reflexology are suitable.

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If you would like to know more about the treatments I provide or would like to book a session, please contact me by filling in the form below, by calling or texting on 07801670638 or by sending me an email.


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GDPR is bringing in new legal protection for personal information from May 2018. This tells you what personal information I, Michele Rigby, gather via my website for Reflexology By Michele, or from my clients and why, and what your rights are.Registered address: 5 Sharpenhoe Road, Barton-le-Clay, MK45 4SD.

Telephone No: 07801 670638.

Email address: michele@reflexologybymichele.co.uk

The Purpose of processing Client Data

In order to give professional reflexology treatments, I will need to gather and retain potentially sensitive information about your health. I will only use this information for informing reflexology treatments and associated recommendations concerning aspects of health and well-being which I will offer to you. I take basic contact details and information via my website to allow me to contact you and handle bookings.

Lawful Basis for holding and using Client Information

As a full member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, I abide by the FHT Code of Conduct and Professional Practice. The lawful basis under which I hold and use your information is my legitimate interests i.e. my requirement to retain the information in order to provide you with the best possible treatment options and advice

As I hold special category data (i.e. health-related information), the Additional Condition under which I hold and use this information is for me to fulfil my role as a holistic practitioner bound under the FHT Confidentiality Standard as defined in the FHT Code of Conduct and Professional Practice.

What information I hold and what I do with it

In order to give professional reflexology treatments, I will need to ask for and keep information about your health. I will only use this for informing reflexology treatments and any advice I give as a result of your treatment. The information to be held is:

Your contact details

Medical history and other health-related information (which I will take from you at first consultation)

Treatment details and related notes (which I will take after each consultation)

I may share your name and time of appointment (only) with reception staff where you visit my therapy rooms in other organisations.

I will NOT share your information with anyone else (other than within my own practice, or as required for legal process) without explaining why it is necessary and getting your explicit consent.

How Long I Retain Your Information

I will keep your information for the following periods :‘Claims occurring’ insurance: (records to be kept for 10 years after last treatment)

Law regarding children’s records (records to be kept until the child is 25 or if 17 when treated, then 26)

CNHC requirements to retain information for 8 years

Your data will not be transferred outside the EU without your consent.

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GDPR gives you the following rights:

The right to be informed: To know how your information will be held and used (this notice).

The right of access: To see your therapist’s records of your personal information, so you know what is held about you and can verify it.

The right to rectification: To tell your therapist to make changes to your personal information if it is incorrect or incomplete.

The right to erasure (also called “the right to be forgotten”): For you to request your therapist to erase any information they hold about you, other than that authorised to be held

The right to restrict processing of personal data: You have the right to request limits on how your therapist uses your personal information

The right to data portability: under certain circumstances, you can request a copy of personal information held electronically so you can reuse it in other systems. 

The right to object: To be able to tell your therapist you don’t want them to use certain parts of your information, or only to use it for certain purposes.

Rights in relation to automated decision-making and profiling.

The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office: To be able to complain to the ICO if you feel your details are not correct, if they are not being used in a way that you have given permission for, or if they are being stored when they don’t have to be.

Full details of your rights can be found at https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/individual-rights/. If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please use the contact details given above. If you are dissatisfied with the response you can complain to the Information Commissioner's Office; their contact details are at www.ico.org.uk 

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Please note:If you don’t agree to your therapist keeping records of information about you and your treatments, or if you don’t allow them to use the information in the way they need to for treatments, the therapist may not be able to treat you

Your therapist has to keep your records of treatment for a certain period as described above, which may mean that even if you ask them to erase any details about you, they might have to keep these details until after that period has passed

Your therapist can move their records between their computers and IT systems, as long as your details are protected from being seen by others without your permission.

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