How can reflexology help you?

Reflexology is a type of massage often used in conjunction with acupuncture treatments. It involves the application of varying pressure to the ears, feet and hands and much like acupuncture, the
theory of reflexology is heavily influenced by traditional Chinese medicine. It is therefore the belief of reflexologists that these specific body parts are connected to corresponding organs and systems in the body. When each area of the body is touched, energy (qi) is able to flow through the body until it reaches the corresponding area which requires healing.

What are the benefits?

As such, it is the belief of many that reflexology, like other traditional Chinese medical practices, has a range of health benefits for both the mind and body. Often patients use reflexology to help in the reduction of stress and anxiety, increase feelings of relaxation as well as reducing any pain in the body.

In more recent years, studies have been carried out to help support claims of ways in which reflexology can heal and aid in the body’s overall wellbeing. Whilst it is still not widely recognised by
global health organisations, many patients treated using reflexology techniques have also reported improvements in a wide range of ailments such as; improving digestion, increasing fertility, rectifying hormonal imbalances, reducing back pain, clearing up sinus related issues, boosting the immune system, reducing cancer symptoms, easing arthritis and more.

How Safe is Reflexology?

Reflexology, like other TCM treatments is very safe and for many acts as a safer alternative to traditional western medications and treatments. It is often used as a complementary treatment alongside acupuncture or if the patient is taking specific medications for a condition.

It is a non-invasive and relatively comfortable treatment that even those with serious health conditions can use. Any conditions that may impact the treatment will be addressed prior to any
treatment taking place with your chosen reflexologist. These conditions mainly consist of foot ulcers, open wounds, feet fungal infections, issues with blood clots, circulation and inflammation in the legs and feet may also cause issues. Each of these mainly pertain to the key areas where the massage would take place i.e. feet and are only causes for concern due to the spread of infection or risking further issues with your lower body.

Those who are pregnant are always advised to tell their reflexologist before receiving any treatment- something that is always advisable with all TCM treatments. Acupressure points in the feet and
hands are known to induce contractions and are therefore avoided by your reflexologist in this instance.

As with any treatments there are some very mild side effects such as having tender feet, feeling dizzy or lightheaded as well as feeling emotionally overwhelmed. These side effects are only temporary and will stop shortly after the treatment has ended.

Reflexology is a natural branch within Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been shown to aid the body in recovering from mental and physical ailments. If you feel that you could benefit from the healing of reflexology then please call us on 08000517688 to find out more about how our treatment could help you.

The kindness of strangers

How a little thing can mean a lot! We’ve had some strange requests during the past four weeks, but what was the most unusual thing you have been asked for in lockdown?

As the lockdown is set to continue for at least another three weeks it got me thinking about community spirit.

In the street where we live we have a WhatsApp group. At first it was for utter emergencies, people who were housebound with Coronavirus and self isolating, however over time it has changed. We have seen it grow into a group of strangers who live on the same street, to neighbours and friends who help each other daily. Even going as far as to clap along and have a sing song every week on a Thursday night, as we celebrate the heroes that keep the country running and us safe.

It seems every household on the street are happy to share, ready to help and happy for anyone to ask for support at a time when we are all in need.

But how do you define need? Need could be as simple as some bread or milk or the loan of a power washer, use up tins of spare paint. One neighbour has also started doing weekly egg runs to a local farm, organising deliveries from local Greengrocers and Fishmongers and if people can’t take bulk orders, there are happy to aggregate them and split the order amongst us.

But last Saturday on the group chat, we were asked if anyone had a VHS player. Now that’s a strange request.

A couple, who are currently in isolation, wanted to show a video of their other half skydiving to his partner who had never seen it.

We had an old TV with a built in VHS player (don’t ask how that was still hanging around in one of the rooms, it just was) and so I offered it as a loaner and we duly disinfected it. The TV was subsequently picked up on our doorstep and, from a safe distance, our neighbour said a loud ’thank you’.

We carried on throughout the afternoon, cleaning out the kitchen cupboards (oh, the joy of lockdown…) and never really thought any more about it. A few hours later on the group chat the TV was on its way back and, disinfected again, it reappeared once again on our back step. I said “you’re welcome” and that I hoped they had enjoyed it on the whatsapp group chat. It was the reply that made me cry and the reason I am now writing this blog. This was the reply..

‘I did! It was a video that has his late dad in, so, super special to be able to watch it with him as I never met his dad. So thank you for making that happen ❤️

Take a moment to let that sink in.

It’s taken isolation for us to be reminded of the kindness of a little thing, and how it can mean a lot to someone else. Strangers on our street are now neighbours, the good old fashion ones who looked after everyone else in the community. When this is all over, let’s not forget those who went above and beyond and brought back the old values we used to take for granted.