What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a science based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands corresponding to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body.  Reflexology is the unique method of using the thumb and fingers to stimulate these reflexes helping to relieve many health problems in a natural way. Reflexology is a serious advance in the health field and should not be confused with massage.

What is hand Reflexology? 

Hand Reflexology adheres to the same theories and techniques as foot reflexology.  A mirror image of the body is reflected on the hands which creates a micro-map of each organ, gland and body part.  Stimulation of these points will promote relaxation, improve circulation and encourage the body to heal itself.  So quite literally you have your health at your fingertips.

Is Reflexology new?

 It is believed that some form of Reflexology originated in China over 5,000 years ago.  However the first documented evidence showing the practice comes from Ankamahor's tomb in Saqqara, Egypt around 2330 B.C.  Reflexology as we know it today was first researched and developed in America during the 1930s and 1940s by Eunice Ingham, the pioneer in this field.  

What are the benefits of Reflexology and how does it work?

Reflexology is primarily used to relax tension.  Doctors agree that over 75% of our health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension.  Reflexology improves nerve and blood supply and helps nature to normalize.  How it works is that there are over 7,000 nerve endings on the feet.  Any imbalance or blockage in the body, organs or systems can be felt by the reflexologist as crystalline deposits, air bubbles, or hard areas.  Once these areas are detected anywhere on the feet, they are stimulated with the thumbs and fingers to release the blockages, restore the flow of energy and help the nervous sytem to achieve normal function.  As a result tension is eased, the immune system is stimulated and circulation and elimination are improved.  Reflexology encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse.  

What special equipment is needed?

Only the hands of the Reflexologist are used making it a safe, simple, yet effective method without the use of gadgets.  

Can Reflexology make a condition worse?

No, it will not make any condition worse.  Reflexology helps nature to normalize the body's functions, promoting natural healing. A Reflexology session relaxes the stress that can affect your health.  It is a safe and effective way to better health.

Is Reflexology painful?

No.  Although you may feel some discomfort during a session  your feet feel great at the end.

What are the after effects of Reflexology?

The immediate effects at the end of a session may be for example:  deep relaxation, an emotional release, light-headedness, a feeling of elation, a deep sense of well-being, increased energy or a really good night's sleep.  After the first or second treatment your body may show that it has begun the self-healing process by having what is known as a "healing reaction". Some people may become tearful, lethargic, headachy or nauseous.  Others may notice an increase in bowel movements or a need to empty their bladder frequently for a day or two afterwards.  These are only a few of the various types of reactions a person can have.  Or, they may have no reaction at all.  As my teacher David Cook used to say when we told him of a client's (sometimes uncomfortable) health reaction, "that is wonderful!!".  They are signs that the body is trying to rid itself of toxins.  In most cases they will be short-lived and you may rest assured that the body is responding to treatment. 

As a holistic and complementary approach, what kind of health issues has Reflexology successfully addressed?

I have personally witnessed Reflexology have healing results on the following health issues:  stroke; cancer (patients undergoing chemotherapy); elbow, knee and shoulder pain; sciatica; neck pain; asthma; allergies; upper and lower back pain; constipation; PMS and menopausal symptoms; stress and emotional discomforts and many more.  All of these cases are documented and many of my clients have written testimonials describing their healing experiences.  Research is also becoming available reporting that through each stage of life, the quality of life can be improved with Reflexology.  Birthing mothers showed reduced labor times, colicy babies stopped crying, seniors had reduced pain and improved balance.  Those seeking to age found that reflexology works to be par with exercise for lowering cholesterol.  My fellow practitioners have also reported reflexology benefits for clients with diabetes (type II), sinusitis, migiraine, depression, hypertension, gastro-intestinal disorders, planter fascitis, ear, eye, nose and throat problems, etc.  And Reflexology has been reported to help maintain athletes and dancers in peak condition.

I am worried about what my feet look like?

The way your feet look can provide a lot of useful information to the Reflexologist.  It is important to remember that feet come in all shapes and sizes - much like their owners.  Your feet tell the story of your life.  They have literally carried you through your life.  They are amazing and will be treated as such by me.

What if my feet are ticklish?

Reflexology should not tickle.  The pressure is very gentle, yet firm and is applied mostly with the thumbs.  Clients with very ticklish feet are surprised at how they are able to tolerate a treatment and usually comment that it is not what they expected.

How many sessions does it take to feel better?

Clients usually report feeling better after one session.  Reflexology seems to work on the most current stress first.  So for example if you were digging in your garden over the weekend and came to have Reflexology to ease overall stiffness, you would probably feel better after one session.  However if you had whiplash or lower back pain for 20 years, although you may feel better after one session, it would take a few more sessions to have lasting relief.  For those issues that have existed a long time, I would suggest bi-weekly sessions for several weeks in order to return as quickly as possible to balance and health.  After relief or a plateau is reached, regular weekly, monthly or bi-monthly maintenance sessions could be suggested depending on your personal goal for wellness.

How long is each Reflexology session and how much do you charge?  

Each session is at least an hour.  A one hour session costs $80.  A package of 5 sessions costs $350 - a savings of $10 per session.

What is Champissage

Champissage or 'head massage' focuses on much more than the head. In fact, during a standard session, clients experience a combination of techniques addressing their back, shoulders, neck, arms, head and face.  Massage mastery at its best; clients enjoy breath work, chakra balancing, auricular reflexology, facial marma points (pressure points) and scalp massage techniques as part of their treatment. It is non-invasive and is performed with the recipient sitting on a chair, fully clothed. 

What are the benefits of Champissage and how does it work?

Stress can manifest itself into tension, stiff muscles, eye strain and headaches and contribute to emotional uneasiness. Champissage can powerfully affect clients in five areas:  (i) mental state - as the muscles of the head and upper body relax, the mind often stills and a sense of clarity surfaces; (ii) emotional state - calmness and peace of mind are often the results of champi; (iii) breath - deep slow breathing is encouraged by the practitioner; (iv) muscle tone - several techniques are designed to loosen and relax muscles and  help drain away toxins and (v) skin and hair - vital nutrients are stimulated to nourish the skin and hair.  The massage techniques assist with the natural exfoliation process thus eliminating dead skin cells effortlessly.  

How long is each Champissage session and how much do you charge? 

Each session is approximately 50 minutes long.  It costs $60. 

Shall I select a Reflexology or a Champissage treatment?

I am a great believer in our body's innate wisdom. If you take a moment to review the benefits of both treatments, then you can ask yourself which of the two can better serve you at this particular time. Once again, Champissage is a highly effective therapy which has been practiced throughout India for thousands of years.  It focuses on the release of tension in the head, neck, shoulders and the upper back.  Reflexology is an ancient practice which has evolved into a new therapy that activates the innate healing powers of the body through pressure techniques administered to specific reflex areas of the foot.  These reflex areas correspond to all the glands, organs and parts of the body.  Although it may not be used as a diagnosis or a cure, Reflexology will return the body to a state of balance by stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms.  If you are still not sure, why not try both (not at the same time) and you will have a good idea how your body responds to both treatments.