REFLEXOLOGY

(hands and/or feet)


Caroline started studying Reflexology with Rosemary Clarke (a registered teacher, complementary therapist and Chiropractor) in Bournemouth in 1996.


After completing her ITEC Certificate in Anatomy Physiology & Body Massage in 1994, Caroline subsequently studied for her ITEC Diploma in Aromatherapy in 1995 and then Reflexology in 1996.


First of all, Caroline became a member of the Reflexologists' Society.  She then sat a further examination to become a Full Member of the Association of Reflexologists in 2000.  Caroline has remained a member of the Association ever since and continues to study and attends the Dorset Reflexologists' meetings as part of her CPD.


PRICE LIST

AS AT 1 APRIL 2022


An initial consultation fee of £5 is charged at the first treatment only


An hour's Foot Reflexology session costs £33.00


A 30 minute Reflexology treatment costs £24.00


A Foot and Hand Reflexology combination treatment costs £33.00


A 30 minute Hand Reflexology treatment costs £24.00


Initial course of 6 weekly Reflexology treatments at a discounted price


We are based in Moordown, Bournemouth but we can offer a mobile reflexology service from Broadstone to Southbourne (please see Reflexology Mobile Service page) for a small extra charge to those who are unable to travel to us and would like the treatment in the comfort of their own home.


A cancellation charge for the cost of your treatment will not be made if at least 24 hours' notice is given or your appointment is filled.  This ensures that nobody is inconvenienced or has to wait unnecessarily for an appointment.

History of Reflexology

The healing art of Reflexology was first practised at least 5,000 years ago by the Ancient Chinese, Egyptians and Native American Indians.


Around 1913, Dr William Fitzgerald re-established the science of zone therapy that the body could be divided into ten longitudinal zones and that any blockages along these zones affected other body parts in the same zone.  He also demonstrated its effects on the body.


In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist, mapped out the body onto the feet.  Every organ, structure and system of the body is believed to be mirrored in the hands and feet and connected through a system of energy within the body.  Reflexology was introduced to Britain in the 1960's by Doreen Bayly, a former nurse and it has been taught and practised over here ever since.


In 2013, a small research study established for the first time that reflexology is as effective as pain relief.  The results suggest the possibility that reflexology may be useful on its own or as an adjunct to medication in the treatment of pain conditions in man.  (Reference: Dr Carol Samuel at the University of Portsmouth for her PhD project).  Many other research studies have  been taken or  currently  ongoing.  These can be found at the Association of Reflexologists website - www.aor.org.uk


About Reflexology

Reflexology is a non-intrusive treatment that involves the massage of the feet and/or hands which stimulates the nerve endings of which there are about 6,700 of them on the hands and feet!  The therapist uses their hands to apply specific pressure and therapeutic massage to the feet, lower leg, hands or face depending on the type of reflexology chosen.  A Reflexologist does not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.


Reflexology encourages deep relaxation and helps the body to restore its balance naturally.    With ever-increasing levels of stress in everyday life, more people are looking for ways to take care of their whole mind and body, not just their physical health, which is where reflexology can come in as it promotes deep relaxation, may aid sleep, improve mood, help to relieve tension and to give a sense of wellbeing.  Each person is different but you may also find that other aspects improve too.


What does a Reflexology treatment entail?

A consultation is always undertaken at the first treatment to record the client's health, diet and lifestyle and to establish any contra-indications to treatment.  The initial consultation lasts for around 15-30 minutes and a small additional fee is payable only at the first session.


If you have a serious medical condition or are receiving medical treatment, you should consult your GP before commencing treatment.  Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeing your GP.  It is a complementary therapy and can be used alongside other medical treatments.


A moist cloth will be used to cleanse the feet or hands and then a cream specific to your requirements will be used to help the movement of my hands over the feet, legs and/or hands.  A full treatment will last for about 50 minutes with shorter sessions lasting for around 30 minutes depending upon your requirements.


Every effort will be made to make the client feel comfortable and secure in pleasant surroundings and it should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience.  Pleasant background music is played to encourage deep relaxation and to heighten feelings of tranquility and well-being.   However sometimes a feeling of tenderness may be felt in the feet or hands which could indicate to reflexology imbalances.  The release of these imbalances loosens tensions and may aid the free flow of energy in the body restoring its natural balance.


At subsequent treatments there will be a shorter questionnaire just to see how you have been since the last treatment.


Caroline also has relevant Public Liability and Malpractice Insurance cover with Alan Boswell Insurance Brokers Ltd in Norfolk which is renewed annually in June each year through her membership of the Association of Reflexologists.