Relax with Reflexology
With the launch of our fabulous new Holistic Therapy team, over the next few months we’ll be delving a little deeper into the range of holistic treatments available here at Ragdale Hall and meeting some members of the team along the way.
This week we caught up with Helen, who specialises in Reflexology and Reiki. Helen has been a therapist at Ragdale for 17-years and is attuned to Reiki Level 2.
“Holistic therapies are very calming and relaxing, and one of my top recommended treatments is Holistic Harmony.
“A fusion of Reiki and Reflexology, this treatment begins with Reiki to kick-start your body’s own natural self-healing process and ends with Reflexology compression massage on the reflex areas of the feet to release tension, improve circulation and create a general feeling of wellbeing.
“Many guests enjoy this treatment because of its harmonious balance of the two therapies. If you haven’t experienced holistic healing before, it’s a good opportunity to try both Reiki and Reflexology and will leave you your mind, body and soul feeling cleansed and rejuvenated.”
What is Reflexology?
Reflexologists work on the principle that working on various parts of the body can have a beneficial effect your wellbeing.
The body has the ability to heal itself, but following illness, stress, injury or disease it becomes imbalanced. This can lead to vital energy pathways becoming blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively.
A Reflexologist will use hands to apply gentle pressure to the feet. These hands will detect tiny crystallised deposits and imbalances in the feet. It will also help to release the blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body, so tensions are eased, circulation and elimination is improved, and the body’s natural equilibrium is restored and maintained, which encourages healing.
It can help to alleviate pain and discomfort from ailments such as migraines, backache, sinus congestion, arthritis, monthly periods, constipation and cold and flu symptoms, as well as general stress and tension that may be caused throughout the day. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse.
What the treatment involves
Depending on the practitioner giving you the treatment, you may be encouraged to let them know of any changes felt in the feet, such as increased pressure or slight pain. This gives the therapist an idea of where the imbalances in the body seem to be.
During the treatment, you may experience some changes in yourself, such as deep relaxation, loss of tension or pain or even shedding a few tears through a release of emotions. After the treatment, you may encounter a healing crisis or cleansing process such as the nose running, going to the toilet more often, sweating, or a sensation of exhaustion or stimulation.
A walk through the past
The ancient healing art of Reflexology has been known to man for many thousands of years. It was thought to have first been practised by the early Chinese, Indian and Egyptian nations.
In 1913, American ear, nose and throat surgeon William Fitzgerald introduced Reflex Zone Therapy to the West. He noted that pressure on specific parts of the body, could have an anaesthetising effect on another related area.
Developing this theory, he divided the body into equal vertical zones, ending in fingers and toes. He concluded that pressure on one part of a zone could affect everything else within that zone. Thus, reflex areas on the feet are linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930s, Eunice Ingham, a therapist further developed and refined the zone theory into what is now known as foot Reflexology. She observed that tension or congestion in any part of the foot mirrored tension in a corresponding part of the body. Thus, when you treat the big toes, there is a related effect in the head and treating the whole foot can have a relaxing and healing effect on the whole body.
Remedies and care of your feet
Use nail varnish remover to clean an area about the size of a 50p around the verruca. Then paint clear nail varnish over the area and cover with a plaster. Repeat two to three times a day. After two or three days the verruca will be suffocated, and you can pull it out, roots and all. Ensure that you keep the area clean until it’s completely healed.
Grind five or six aspirin tablets into a powder and mix into a paste with equal amounts of lemon juice and water. Apply this to the callous and then stick the foot in a plastic bag and wrap a warm towel around it for 20 minutes. Rub callous with a pumice stone and rinse. Use for extremely stubborn hard skin.
Take a handful of washing soda crystals and crush to the consistency of coarse salt. Use natural cloth such as a linen or cotton handkerchief and fold around the crushed crystals to create a packet 2″ square. After, protect any open cuts with an application of Vaseline. Place packet against the lower half of the swelling and tie loosely in place. Wrap in a towel to absorb the moisture and leave overnight. Repeat three times. (WARNING: soda is caustic, not to be placed directly on skin).
The addition of one cup of Epsom salts to bath water is a good preventative measure against the calcification on joints.
Black nails and bruises
Cover any cuts with Vaseline to prevent stinging. Soak a flannel in cider vinegar, place on the injury and wrap all in cling film. You can leave this on for a while and can be topped up with vinegar if desired. This is good for deep-seated bruises.