Reflexology


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A little bit about my training ...

Cathy Ewbank is a very experienced Reflexologist, having completed a year's training course in 2003, which included the study of Anatomy and Physiology. In additon to this, she also has a separate qualification in A+P (Level 3) awarded by ITEC. Since qualifying, Cathy has attended numerous courses and workshops to further develop her reflexology skills, including extensive training in Maternity Reflexology, and has worked with a wide variety of clients of all ages, and from all walks of life.

She is trained in Basic, Advanced and Endocrine Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT) Techniques, and is an authorised member of the Vertical Reflex Therapy Network. VRT works on the top of the feet while the client is standing. It enhances and complements a conventional reflexology treatment and provides deeper access to reflex points, giving amazing results.

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Cathy is a member of the ART Register of Advanced Reflexologists, having undergone extensive training and assessment with Anthony Porter, Founder and Director of Advanced Reflexology Training (ART). These techniques give a much deeper and more effective and therapeutic Reflexology treatment, without going beyond the client's tolerance. ART techniques are the result of many years of clinical experience and development that have shown proven clinical results. To quote Anthony Porter ... "There is a huge difference between a properly trained reflexologist, particularly someone who has attended postgraduate ART Training, and someone who gives a feeble foot massage and calls it Reflexology."

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What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a wonderful, natural and simple way of helping your body to heal itself. It is a holistic (meaning ‘whole’) therapy, because, instead of focusing just on the symptoms, it works on the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of your wellbeing by applying a gentle pressure to specific points (reflexes) on your hands or feet.

You do not have to be unwell to have a treatment. When you are sick, reflexology is nurturing, healing and relaxing. When you are healthy, it is a relaxing treatment that makes you feel positive and happy. Regular reflexology treatments will keep your body’s systems balanced, and can help to maintain your health.

There are no age restrictions on who is suitable for a treatment – everyone can benefit from it. The therapist will adjust her treatment according to the age of her client. Reflexology is a therapy that is practised worldwide – in health centres, hospitals, at home and in the workplace.

Please note : a Reflexologist is not able to diagnose a medical condition, nor permitted to promise to cure a condition.

What happens during a Reflexology treatment?

At your first consultation, I will need to take full details of your medical history, and will discuss with you the objective which you hope to achieve from your treatments. This usually takes approximately 15 minutes at your first consultation, and then only 5 minutes at subsequent visits.

You will then be asked to remove your socks and shoes - Please do not worry about the ‘state of your feet’ – I have seen hundreds of clients’ feet, and all are amazing in their own individual way! Depending on your reason for wanting a reflexology treatment, I may start your treatment with some Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT) techniques, for which you will remain standing for a few minutes. VRT techniques complement and enhance conventional reflexology treatments. You will then be asked to sit on a special reclining treatment chair for your treatment.

I will begin each treatment by refreshing your feet with some disposable wipes – this gives me the opportunity to meet your feet, and helps to put you at ease because you know that they don’t smell! I will lay a lightweight blanket over you as you can become quite chilly during the course of the treatment.

The treatment begins with some gentle ‘warm-up’ techniques which relax the foot in preparation for the treatment. I use a soothing powder or oil during the treatment, as this helps my hands to move smoothly over the feet. Reflexology consists of a gentle, but firm pressure being applied to the reflex points of the feet – this should not be painful, but some reflex points may be sensitive where there is an imbalance in the body’s energy. Pressure is adjusted depending on the client's feet ... some feet are very tough and strong and will require a firmer treatment than feet which are small and dainty.

At the end of your treatment, I wrap your feet in towels to keep them warm, and then leave the room for a few minutes to wash my hands. After the treatment you will be given a glass of water to drink, and we will discuss the treatment together.

Reflexology for pre-conception care and sub-fertility

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Reflexology during pregnancy

Reflexology is one of the most popular complementary therapies used by women during pregnancy because it improves general well-being and vitality. It induces a deep state of relaxation so that her body can adjust to the major changes which are taking place, and it can help to ease or prevent many of the discomforts and ailments which are commonly associated with pregnancy. Trials have found that those receiving regular treatments during their pregnancy tend to deliver closer to term and have shorter labours.

Cathy is qualified in Maternity Reflexology, having undergone extensive training in this subject, and is very experienced in treating women during all stages of their pregnancies.

If you wish, during your treatment a Natal Hypnotherapy cd can be played. These cds have been specially designed for use during pregnancy, and they can help pregnant clients to relax, overcome fear and enable them to have a positive pregnancy and child birth experience. My clients' feedback is that using these cds enhances their reflexology treatment, and they feel closer to their babies. Cathy carries a small stock of these cds which can be purchased.

Reflexology can also be extremely beneficial after the birth, as it helps the woman's body to rebalance and harmonise, and to restore to a non-pregnant state. Because it is such a relaxing treatment, it helps to reduce anxieties and tensions in the mother, which can only be beneficial to the newborn baby. Natal Hypnotherapy cds can also be used to aid post natal recovery.

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If you wish to view or download my Information Sheet about Reflexology during Pregnancy, please click on the Adobe logo (left) - this opens another window. This article was printed in the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) newsletter in May 2007.

How will you feel after your Reflexology treatment?

It is important to remember that everyone responds differently to their Reflexology treatments.... Most clients find the treatment extremely relaxing, and some even fall asleep. Because of this you may feel a bit ‘groggy’ and a bit light-headed after your treatment.

One of the ways that reflexology works to restore balance in the body is by encouraging the body to eliminate its waste products – you may feel that you will need to visit the toilet a bit more that you usually would.

Some clients feel slightly shivery afterwards, some become quite emotional – everyone reacts in a different way according to their own healing requirements.

If you suffer with a skin condition (eczema, psoriasis) you may find that the condition worsens slightly following a treatment, as the skin is an elimination organ, and the body will be using it to get rid of its waste products. Please try to see this as a positive reaction, as the body is working hard to restore balance.

In my experience, reactions to Reflexology are worse after the client’s first treatment, and lessen with subsequent treatments. Please try to drink as much pure water as possible to help the healing process.

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A very brief history of Reflexology

Reflexology is an ancient art, a science and a healing therapy, which has been rediscovered during the last hundred years, and is now growing in popularity as people look for alternative ways to relax, to relieve pain and to take responsibility for their own healing.

The Ancient Chinese, Indians, Africans and Russians all practised their own methods of Reflexology, using many specific points on the feet to initiate healing.

According to an Ancient Egyptian illustrated papyrus from 2500BC, the medical practitioner of the day can be seen treating his patients’ hands and feet. When the tomb of the physician Ankhmahor (2330BC) was discovered in 1897, a wall hieroglyphic was found depicting a form of hand and foot treatment.

More recently, in the early part of the 20th Century, two American doctors William Fitzgerald and Edwin Bowers became the forefathers of modern reflexology. In 1917, Fitzgerald discovered that pressure on the hands and/or feet produced pain relief in distant parts of the body and the condition causing the pain was also relieved. Bowen demonstrated how he could apply pressure to a point on the hand/foot which corresponded to an area on the face, and then stick a pin in the face without causing pain!!

Another American, Eunice Ingham, became the ‘mother of reflexology’ in the 1930s. She mapped out the reflex points on the feet and named it ‘reflexology’. She developed a routine for treatment which is the basis for most modern treatments.




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