Just before Christmas an email popped into my inbox asking me if I’d like to try out a Reflexology Treatment. I have to admit, before that I had never actually heard of Reflexology at all, so I was very intrigued. I did a bit of research, liked what I read and actually realised that a few people I knew had previously had the treatment, and all really enjoyed it, so I excitedly agreed.
My treatment was with the lovely Claire within the treatment room at her home, which turned out to be only a 2 minute drive away – perfect! I always get a little nervous going new places, especially alone but Claire was so kind, put me at ease straight away and talked me through exactly what Reflexology is, the benefits it can have, and what to expect from the treatment.
If you’re not aware – like I wasn’t, Reflexology is a technique where gentle pressure is applied to reflexes in the feet. This is said to put you in a state of deep relaxation, help to stimulate your healing processes as well as boost your immune system. It’s a completely safe and natural therapy that is based on the theory that different parts of your feet, correspond with different areas of your body. Claire very kindly sent me the graphic below, which she has displayed in her treatment room and showcases the areas of your feet that correspond with parts of your body. It is a theory that I’ve previously heard of before, so I found this graphic really interesting, and added it into this post, as I’m sure some of you guys will too!
After Claire explained to me about Reflexology and all of the benefits of the treatment, I needed to fill in a few quick forms about myself including details of my health. We talked through any aspects of my health that were concerning me, so Claire could ‘work’ on those areas of my feet more. I suffer with excess stomach acid which can often cause sickness, as well as frequent headaches and migraines, so I mentioned these issues to her. Claire told me that Reflexology is actually great for headaches and migraines, as well as other things such as stress, anxiety, high blood pressure and PMS. After all the chit chat was done, I took my shoes and socks off, and hopped onto the treatment bed. Claire ensured that I was comfortable with pillows and blankets, turned some relaxing music on, told me to shut my eyes and began the treatment.
I, like many people am slightly ‘weird’ about feet, so I did wonder if this treatment would be for me or not, and whether it would be ticklish or uncomfortable. I can safely say that the treatment definitely wasn’t either of these things, as the movements are firm and precise – it was incredibly relaxing. I would actually go as far as saying that this was the most relaxing treatment I have ever experienced in my life, over many massages and facials, Reflexology definitely topped them all. Before the treatment, Claire told me that it was perfectly fine to fall asleep during, and that half of her clients usually do so, and although I was very close, I managed to stay awake throughout. The treatment itself lasts for 45 minutes, which I originally thought would be far too long, but wow did it go fast. I really didn’t want it to end, and could have happily lay there for another hour or so. Once the treatment was complete, it took me a good few minutes for me to open my eyes and get back into the ‘real world’ as I was in such a deep relaxed state, which I really loved.
I think it can be difficult with a treatment like this, to differentiate between whether the after effects were actually down to the treatment itself, or whether it was a placebo type effect. My opinion on placebo’s is that if the job is done, i.e. getting rid of a headache, I honestly don’t care whether it was because of the treatment or if it was a placebo, and that’s the way I feel about Reflexology. I came out of my treatment feeling the most relaxed within myself than I ever have before, I felt physically upbeat (although a bit sleepy immediately afterwards), I felt healthy, lively, happy and in a very good state of mind. Whether that was down to the treatment actually affecting my body in that way, or whether I just thought it would, I obviously can’t say for certain, but I felt amazing, and that’s all that matters to me. As with many treatments of this kind, the health benefits are usually seen after a few sessions and since I’ve only had one, I can’t really comment on those. However, I can say that I haven’t been sick in the mornings in about 3 weeks (it’s a regular occurrence for me due to my excess stomach acid – nope I’m not pregnant). This is a record for me, as I’m usually sick at least once a week, however I obviously I can’t say for sure that it’s down to my Reflexology treatment, but it’s either that or a big coincidence…
After the treatment was complete, I sat back down with Claire and we had a chat about what she noticed from my feet. Everything that she spoke about, I could agree with, which really fascinated me. Some of the things she said, I had mentioned to her before the treatment, e.g. headaches, so she already knew about those, but there were other things that she picked up on that I hadn’t mentioned, for example high water retention. I found this part really interesting, and I’m very intrigued to see what she notices next time I have a treatment, and whether it’s similar things or not.
Claire is a member of the Association of Reflexologists, meaning that she follows their strict code of practice, attends courses, lectures and continues her professional development with them. She also has many different awards, certificates and qualifications as you can see in the photo. Even a Reflexology Diploma in Preconception, Pregnancy and Post Natal Care – which sounds amazing for new mum’s or mum’s to be! What I think is great about AOR, is that they have Reflexologists all around the country that can be easily contacted, and viewed on a map. I searched for my post code on their site here and within a five mile radius there were over 20 Reflexologists – which I think is amazing – I’d definitely urge you to check out where your nearest is!
So overall, did I enjoy my Reflexology treatment? 100% yes – I absolutely loved it, and I can’t wait for my next session! This treatment was complimentary in return for talking to you guys about it, but I can honestly say that without a doubt I will be paying the full price of a treatment (£45) myself and visiting Claire for another session, as I enjoyed it that much. I’m also going to be buying my Mum a gift voucher from Claire for a treatment shortly, as she’s previously tried Reflexology and loved it, plus she definitely deserves to be relaxed!! I’m really interested to see if any further treatments help with my headaches and migraines as they play a big part in my life, and to get them sorted naturally would be amazing – I’ll keep you guys updated!
If you’re interested in having in having a Reflexology treatment, I would definitely say go for it – I was honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! It’s a completely different experience compared to anything else I’ve had before, but without a doubt it’s the most relaxing treatment I’ve EVER had – I loved it. If you fancy it, you can find out more information about Reflexology on AOR’s site here and find your nearest Reflexologist, or if you’re in the Reading/Wokingham area, I would definitely recommend Claire – she was amazing, and you can find her website here.
Have you had a Reflexology treatment before? Would you consider having one done? Does it sound like something you’d enjoy? As always, I’d love to have a read of your thoughts in the comments, and thank you so much for reading!
* This treatment was complimentary in return for this post, however as always, all opinions and thoughts remain my own. For more information, see my Disclaimer *