Reflexology in Boroughbridge and Ripon.
I offer home visits for Reflexology, Facial Reflexology and Reiki within 10 miles of Boroughbridge
Reflexology is a wonderfully nurturing, holistic treatment which has an all-over-body effect despite only working on your feet.
It is usually deeply relaxing and great for reducing tension, stress, anxiety, sleep problems and aches and pains. Having an hour off to yourself can make all the difference to your coping mechanisms and usually feels fantastic!
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is ‘a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body.’ Oxford English Dictionary.
That said, Reflexology is not ‘just’ a foot massage. It offers an all over body effect despite working only on the feet. Firm but gentle pressure is applied to all the reflexes using a range of thumb-walking, holding, finger pressing and circular movements, along with massage to the lower legs and feet. Reflexology is usually deeply relaxing and is great for restoring a sense of calm and balance.
If you’d like to find out more about what Reflexology is you might like to Read my article ‘What is Reflexology’ by clicking here
Reflexology Foot Map
Reflexologists use what we call a ‘foot map’ which is a diagram of the feet with the reflexes mapped out. It is thought that pressing on the specific reflexes will restore balance to that organ, tissue or gland.
What are the Benefits of Reflexology?
Reflexology can be beneficial for
- Relieving tension in muscles
- Improving sleep patterns
- Reducing stress and anxiety levels
- Improving sense of wellbeing
- Allowing you time out for yourself
- Lifting low mood
Reflexology can also be helpful during Pregnancy.
If you’d like to find out more about Maternity Reflexology/Reflexology for Pregnancy and Birth please click here
What does a Reflexology treatment involve?
After getting you comfortable on the bed/couch/recliner chair and tucking you up in a blanket (if you’d like)
The treatment begins by gently refreshing your feet. Normally I use hot towels or wet wipes for this. It can feel deeply nurturing having your feet refreshed with my hot flannels. I may then massage some body lotion into your feet. I usually use Bee Lovely Body Lotion by Neal’s Yard which is a wonderfully rich, luxurious lotion with a fresh citrus scent. If you would prefer me to use your own body lotion or massage oil them please let me know.
The feet are then warmed up by using a range of massage and reflexology techniques. This is so that you get used to my touch and I can check that the pressure I’m using is ok with you.
If the pressure I’m using is not right for you (too deep or not deep enough) please let me know during the treatment so I can adjust it to suit you. There’s nothing worse than having the wrong pressure treatment and not feeling able to get it changed! I want your treatment to be perfect for you and I’m very adaptable. So please let me know what you prefer.
I will then work in a systematic way down both feet, finishing with some cooling down/ waking up massage moves to calm and relax you.
Hopefully by the time I am finished you will feel relaxed, calmer, refreshed and less tense.
How long does a Reflexology Treatment take?
An initial session will probably take 80-90 minutes (unless the consultation form has been completed online/ by zoom/telephone beforehand)
Subsequent Treatments are likely to take 60-75 mins. This includes the consultation, removing of shoes and socks, the treatment, replacing shoes and socks and giving aftercare advice. I will also need a little time to set up/pack away.
How often should I have Reflexology?
This largely depends on you and what you need right now. If you need reflexology mainly for relaxation and rebalancing having a treatment at least every 3-4 weeks would be ideal.
If you have a specific concern that you would like help addressing, a course of 6-8 treatments spread closely together (weekly or fortnightly) may be more helpful. This would then be followed by a top-up monthly reflexology appointment.
In practice it depends on you, what you need right now, and what your schedule (and budget) allows you to do.
How to maximise the effects of your Reflexology treatment
After any treatment it is important to keep yourself well hydrated by sipping water or herbal tea.
If at all possible eat a light diet, avoid stimulants including caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, conflict etc.
Avoid spicy and greasy food and heavy meals.
Take a short stroll in the fresh air.
Read a book, take a nap, read a magazine or do some art. Avoid rushing around after your treatment. Where possible try to take the rest of the day off to rest, relax and recharge. For my full article on Reflexology Aftercare Advice please click here
What might I notice after my reflexology treatment?
Hopefully you’ll feel calmer, relaxed and more able to cope after your treatment. You may feel refreshed and renewed or feel that you’ve been ‘clicked back together’. Sometimes you may feel tired or sleepy and need to take a nap.
Some people find they get emotional or find that something shifts for them mentally or emotionally. Reflexology affects us all individually in different ways.
You may feel more thirsty than usual, or need the loo (either way) more frequently. You may notice a difference in your bowel habit. All these are normal and not to be worried about unless very severe. If you feel at all headachey, achey or fluey please rest and drink plenty of water or herbal tea, it should pass within 24-48 hours. If it doesn’t or is severe please contact your GP or 111.
Hopefully you’ll feel better in some way after your treatment!
Reflexology Home Visits in the Boroughbridge and Ripon Area
Are you living in the Boroughbridge or Ripon area? If so did you know that I offer Reflexology treatments in the comfort of your own home in the Boroughbridge and Ripon area?
I’m happy to travel up to 10 miles of Boroughbridge (if out of my catchment a travel charge may be levied)
Appointments at times to suit you including evenings and occasional weekends
As my diary is fairly flexible I can offer some evening and weekend appointments as well as daytime slots. If you have an evening appointment I am happy for you to wear your pj’s so you can float off to bed once I’ve gone!
Sit back and relax
Me coming to you save you time and hassle as you’re not having to drive to a salon, find somewhere to park, find 50p for the meter, battle with the weather etc. I will do all that for you so all you need to do is sit back and relax.
What to wear for your treatment
Please wear loose fitting trousers for your treatment as I will need access to your feet and lower legs. AVOID wearing tights if possible. Feel free to wear your pj’s if you’d like!
Creating a cosy environment
I will bring with me my recliner chair, a towel and some blankets. Please let me know if you’d prefer to use your own! Please may I borrow a dining room type chair to sit on? (or a foot stool or I could perch on the sofa)
Feel free to make the environment of the room we’re going to use cosy in whatever way makes sense for you. If you like you can light a candle, or put on a soft lamp or maybe be playing some relaxing music in the background.
- Single Foot Reflexology Treatment £40
- Package of 3 Foot Reflexology treatments £110 (saving £10)
- Package of 6 Foot Reflexology treatments £220 (saving £20)
Packages are payable in advance. However I totally appreciate you’ll want to experience a treatment with me before looking at buying a package so have your first treatment and then decide! After your treatment you can decide whether to pay for a package or just today’s treatment.
I take Bank Transfers (preferred) or Debit or Credit Card Payments please. If you would like to pay by debit or credit card please can you let me know before your appointment so I know to bring my card machine with me. Payments are due on the day of your appointment.