'Positive Life - Positive Thinking - Positive Health'
Michelle Savin-Jones as Soul 2 Sole Therapy holds a VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology. In addition, she has further qualifications in Hand Reflexology, Pre and Post Conceptual Reflexology, Oncology Reflexology and Baby Reflex. Michelle spends a day each week volunteering at a local Hospice so has experience of working with people undergoing treatment for cancer and other life limiting conditions.
The earliest records of Reflexology were found in picture form on the walls of Egyptian tombs. It was first introduced to the western world as zone therapy in the early 20th century and then further developed in the 1930's by Eunice Ingham and became what we now call Reflexology. She noted that congestion/tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
Reflexology is a holistic treatment, which means we are treating the whole body and can have the following benefits:
Overall sense of relaxation
Reduction in stress
Boost to the immune system
Increase in energy levels
Stimulates the Nervous System
We all lead such busy lives these days and illness, stress, injury or disease can lease to an imbalance in the body which can cause our energy pathways to become blocked. By applying gentle pressure to points on either the feet or the hands, we can reduce these blockages thus allowing the energy to flow more freely, giving the body the ability to heal itself.
Reflexology can also be given to the hands and have the same benefits. This is particularly useful if you do not like having your feet touched or are suffering from Athletes Foot or another foot condition. A Hand Reflexology treatment will take 30 minutes.
As a holistic practitioner, Michelle cannot diagnose or prescribe – instead will look at supporting your well-being as a whole person. Everyone is different so it is impossible to know how an individual will react to a treatment. Most people will notice that they feel very relaxed, will sleep better and have an improved mood. Occasionally people report a mild headache, feeling tired or needing to go to the toilet more often. These are all normal reactions and should pass in 24 - 48 hours as part of the healing process.
PRE AND POST CONCEPTUAL REFLEXOLOGY
Trying for a baby can be an exciting yet stressful time. Reflexology can support both you and your partner through from pre-conception to pregnancy and beyond, whether you are trying to conceive naturally or undergoing IVF treatment.
Calming the body lets go of tension and rebalances hormones which is important both for fertility and during pregnancy. Fertility Reflexology boosts the blood flow to the reproductive organs, regulates the menstrual cycle and encourages ovulation.
Reflexology can safely be used during pregnancy, though professional preference is to wait until after the first trimester has passed. Whilst there have been relatively few scientific studies, it has been shown that, as well as reducing tension and stress, Reflexology can help with morning sickness, insomnia, headaches, back pain, pelvic girdle pain, swollen ankles and constipation.
After 37 weeks, treatment includes stimulating certain reflexes in the feet which are connected with labour, to help the body feel safe and relaxed and to prepare for childbirth. Studies have shown that weekly reflexology for the 6 weeks prior to the due date can reduce labour pain and shorten both the first and second stages of labour. The more relaxed you are, the better the birth!