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      23.01.2010 14:30
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      As an alternative therapy, if you find a good therapist, it is well worth the money

      Reflexology is an amazingly accurate treatment (in my experience anyway). One of the first things I was told when I started a course of reflexology treatment was that I was not drinking enough water - this could be ascertained by the amount of crystals found in my feet. I started to drink 2 litres of water a day shortly after and by the 3rd session, the crystals had disappeared completely. Without having told my therapist anything about my body's weak points, she accurately gave me a summary of every area of my body where there were 'blockages' at the end of the treatment. I suffered very irregular periods at the time of starting the sessions and again, by about the 3rd session, these became regular, something which has continued even now the sessions have stopped. It is a great way of getting your body back into peak health (in conjunction with a good diet and exercise).

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      24.12.2009 22:07
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      Give it a try?

      This is a review of my experiences of Reflexology to date. I have had two sessions lasting one hour and have a few more to go.

      The reflexology is accessed free through my workplace and if you get line manager approval you can use the service ( I work for the NHS).

      I wanted to try reflexology as I have had a pretty poor year health wise, and we are trying for a baby with no success yet, we have conceived but it ended in miscarriage both times sadly. I had heard that reflexology can help with trying to conceive (ttc) so wanted to give it a go.

      I decided if the free sessions with work go well I will find someone local to where I live and will pay for further sessions.

      Basically, as I understand it, with reflexology, the feet represent areas of your body and by using pressure and a sort of massage technique, the reflexologist can identify problem areas in your body (through a feeling of tension and crystalisation).

      The first session was mainly spent filling in forms, so I only really got 30 mins of the therapy but I was intrigued when the reflexologist picked up a few recurring issues I have to do with my hearing, left shoulder and lower spine.

      The second session was longer and she spent more time on my feet. At first she starts with the toes, sort of pinching and straightening. It's not tickly as it's a firm sensation they use but sometimes it hurts a bit but not for long - that tends to be when they have found an issue.

      For the ttc she was able to locate the womb and pituitary gland which helps with the hormone release.

      The reflexologist did say it's not a precise art and they can't tell you what's wrong but it can help to release and relax some body related issues. No one knows how or why it works but it seems to!

      If you are interested in finding out more, I suggest you google reflexology and look at the charts which show diagrams of the feet and what body areas they represent.

      I can honestly say I have enjoyed the first two sessions, it's very relaxing and a pleasant experience. I'm not sure whether it will help the ttc or not, but it certainly won't do any harm. I've heard rumours that it can help if you desire twins! One will be plenty for me though, thank you very much...

      Thank you for reading.

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        27.10.2003 02:07
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        I have to say that reflexology is quiet the nicest treatment I have ever had. It's a form of massage of the feet, where each part of the feet is said to correspond to a different part of the body. My experience is that it is done in a low-lighted room, with low lights and soft wind chimey music. You take off your shoes and socks and lie on a bed covered in a warm rug, and you literally lie there while your feet are stroked, held, and massaged by the therapist. It is so relaxing, and you don?t feel at all self conscious about it! The treatment lasts about an hour. The first treatment usually involves giving a medical history, and discussing any problems that you wish to be resolved. A good therapist will also find any problems as she explores your feet during the massage. All parts of your feet will be covered during the massage, and each area can be soothed or stimulated as the medical condition, or body areas requires. The therapist may come across ?knotty? tense areas of the feet, which relate to a blockage in your bodys energy, and she feel this as a tender area. She will massage and smooth away this knot to correct the energy flow. You actually feel this area as being more sensitive than other areas of the feet. When the treatment ends, you are given a glass of water to drink. I have usually left the treatment with a real spring in my step, with my feet feeling as light as a feather. The skin on your feet also feels incredibly soft. Over the next twenty four hours you usually find yourself especially tired and emotional, as the effects are found on your body. I have complete faith in reflexology as an alternative therapy, and for me it has corrected a period of stress, and depression, without the use of medication. I also used it at a time when trying to get pregnant, as the massage can stimulate your ovaries and regul ate your periods. A quick remedy to bring out a cold, and get it over with much qui
        cker is to stimulate the sides and tips of your toes, which relate to the sinuses. My husband was initially sceptical of the improvements to my health, but now goes for a treatment to relieve his football injuries, from pulled muscles, hamstring injuries, bad shoulders, tight hips, and it works every time! I also have a friend who had her tennis elbow cured, her crippling migranes reduced from several a week, to a couple per month. The only people who should not use it are pregnant women, as labour could be stimulated, but ist is a good treatemnt to use to 'get started' when overdue!

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          28.05.2002 02:50
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          I recently became interested in reflexology and it has transformed my life! Here I hope to share with you the benefits that I have found in both practising it and receiving it. Hopefully if you don?t know anything about reflexology you will have more of an idea after reading this op. How did I discover it? Well my Mum is a bit on the nutty side when it comes to spiritual healing etc. One day she dragged me along to a holistic health fayre. I have to admit it was interesting if not a bit strange with eerie music and the smell of incense wafting around! At these fayres you can usually have a taster session of different therapies which cost just a fiver. I went for the Indian Head Massage which was totally relaxing and I must do an op on it in the near future. My Mum went for the reflexology which she said was very painful but insisted that I should try it. Well as you can imagine I wasn?t all that keen having seen the tears in my old Mum?s eyes. Thankfully the woman was fully booked that day and so I opted out. My mum went on about it so much that I went to another of her health fayres and this time opted to try reflexology. It was certainly a relaxing experience and pleasurable and I decided I would like to know more. A few weeks after my own experience of reflexology I saw an advert in the paper. The local college were running a free course in reflexology. I decided to enrol. College Course The college course that I am enrolled on lasts for ten weeks in total. I have got to admit that I found it quite frightening going along on my own (Mum couldn?t make it that night!) but it was one of the best moves I have ever made. Although some people had gone along with friends or family there was the odd Billy No Mates like myself. I attend every week for 2 hours and it is the highlight of my week. On some courses you need to wear whites etc but this course is very much just an introduction and you wear
          whatever you like. You need to take a pillow and a towel to make your client comfortable and I would advise on taking baby wipes too in order to freshen up your feet. Basically you work in twos and observe the tutor before having a go yourself. The atmosphere is so friendly and it is quite surprising how quickly you get to know strangers when you are working on their feet! What is reflexology? Basically reflexology is a map which connects points on the feet and hands with the rest of the body. Every area on the foot and hand relates to another area on the body. Using reflexology can have positive effects on the other body parts. The feet can give us clues to health problems which may arise and allow us the chance to prevent these through reflexology. Even if you don?t believe this (which incidentally I didn?t) reflexology is totally safe and if nothing else it can provide relaxation and make your feet tingle! The technique Reflexology involves putting pressure on certain areas a little bit like acupuncture. This pressure is usually placed by use of the thumb. A forward and backward motion is performed over the area being worked on. In cases where there is an injury, a bubble can usually be felt underneath the skin. These bubbles need to be worked on in order to break them down and promote healing. A foot massage is given initially to relax the foot, this is most pleasurable. Some reflexologists use oil, others talc though I have been trained not to use anything at all in order to work deeply without slipping. I?m Cured! For a number of years now I have had a bad hip. I have received weekly physio to no avail and baffled doctors continuously. A few weeks ago I had to take time off work due to my hip problem I mentioned this to my tutor who started to work on my hip through my foot!!!! I have to admit I was sceptical to say the least. The area on my foot was very tender and this is usually the
          case when working on an associated area. Then I got real pain in my hip. This was worked on repeatedly until the pain subsided and I got a warm feeling in the hip area. Apparently this meant that the healing was taking place. As I stood up from my treatment my hip gave a loud crunch as it moved back into place ? the whole class heard it! I have had little pain in it since and it is worked on each week in order to discourage the pain from returning. I have to admit I did think that it was a load of rubbish. Call it mind over matter as I don?t know why it works but the thing is it has worked! I have cured others! I have had a number of success stories over the last couple of weeks which have quite honestly frightened me to death! My colleague was suffering with an abscess on her gum and her face was badly swollen. I offered to try reflexology on her over lunchtime and the results were quite astounding. As I worked on her foot she felt toothache down there and then got the pain in her tooth worse than before. As I continued to work the area became warm until the swelling in her face visibly reduced. At the beginning of the treatment she was unable to touch her face at all whereas at the end she could eat again! She was totally amazed and so was I! I have also worked on 2 bad necks with success. Each felt the pain in the neck as I worked on the foot and as described I worked on the affected area until a warmth was felt. Both individuals felt much better as a result of just one treatment. Give it a go! I would say if you have tried other treatments and nothing has worked you have nothing to lose from trying reflexology. Build up a good relationship with the person performing the treatment as you need to communicate with them in order to guide them as to how deeply they may treat you. Obviously when my Mum received reflexology and it hurt, she was being treated too vigorously. The pain should not be severe an
          d you need to state your pain threshold level to whoever treats you. If you are thinking of studying reflexology it is fascinating. People thinking you are strange until you cure them. Headaches are easy to cure and can be done by working on the thumb! Just watch their faces while you are doing it and then revel in their shock when it works! If nothing else it is wonderful for another human being to devote half an hours undivided attention on you. I think this makes you feel valued and heightens your self esteem. If you try it once and you aren't impressed go to another practitioner. It is rather like finding a good hairdresser you may have to try a few until you find the right person for your feet! It is lovely to be pampered and reflexology is a real treat so go on give it a go!

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            20.05.2002 22:04
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            Seven years ago I suffered a bereavement and the stress caused left me with IBS (irritable Bowel Syndrome). My life was miserable for 2 years as I was unable to ever enjoy a meal without feeling queasy. My GP could offer no solutions so I went to my local complementary health clinic and asked for help. They suggested reflexology which I knew nothing about and although I was sceptical I was also desperate so I gave it a go. On the morning of my first appointment I couldn't stop going for a wee, for no apparent reason. As soon as the Reflexologist got hold of my feet she said "Your kidneys seem a little overworked". I was amazed by this insight but I still needed to see proof that it worked. After my first treatment I felt a million times better than I had for the last 2 years. That night I went out for a meal and enjoyed every mouthful without ill effects! I continued to see the Reflexologist weekly for around 10 weeks until all the symptoms went away completely. After that used to go as I nneded it. This would usually be when a stressful even happened and the IBS flared up. A while later my curiousity about this amazing therapy got the better of me and I trained myself to become a Reflexologist. I have now been qualified for nearly 2 years and every day I treat people who are also astounded by the results this therapy can achieve. This is not an advertisement for myself as I do not list contact details, but I would just like everyone to give this therapy a try. It's a completely natural way to help your body get back to its natural balance it once had and help you achieve the kind of health you deserve. Give it a try - it doesn't tickle, honest!

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              21.02.2002 23:17
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              Reflexology is one of many alternative therapies becoming more and more popular.It is even recommended by many doctors as an alternative to drugs. Treatment is available for many conditions, and you can also have a general treatment which will relax you and may even pick up on underlying problems you were previously unaware of. All the treatment involves is a foot massage, which, for almost everyone is a really pleasant experience. Different areas of the foot are linked to different parts of the body. The reflexologist is trained in anatomy and physiology aswell as the actual structure of the foot, so that they know exactly which part of the body they are treating at any given time. There can be parts of the foot which are incredibly painful during treatment. This is very rarely anything to do with having something wrong with your foot, but is usually due to an ailment in the part of the body which that area on the foot is linked to. The reflexologist will gently work on the painful area of the foot, massaging it until the pain in the foot goes away. This does not mean that the ailment in the part of the body it is linked to is cured, but it should relieve tension, and can also relieve pain in that area. The idea of the treatment is that it stimulates th body to heal any problems itself without the aid of drugs. You may find that the area of the foot connected to the part of the body with which you are having problems does not give you any pain when it is touched. It may just be a strange sensation felt running through the foot to that area of the body, which, strangely enough, the reflexologist may also feel from you! Although refrlexologists mainly concentrate on the feet, they are also trained to give treatment using your hands instead. This may be more suitable for people with painful skin conditions or bunions on their feet, or for people like me.... You may be wondering why I seem to know quite a bit
              about this treatment, yet I haven't mentioned my own experience of it. This is because my experience is a little out of the ordinary. My mum is a qualified reflexologist, and during her training and also now she is qualified, she has tried on numerous occasions to give me a reflexology treatment. Whilst she has had a 100% success rate on everyone she has managed to treat, I was, as usual , the exception to the rule. I am, without a shadow of a doubt, the most ticklish person I have ever met. Every other day for a couple of months, my mum lay me on the treatment couch, told me to relax and tried to massage my feet.... The result? I nearly rearranged her face with my foot! She couldn't so much as lay a finger on me without me screaming and kicking and giggling. There was no way she, or anyone else could ever use reflexology on me. However, don't let my experience put you off. I am the only person she has ever not been able to treat due to my ticklishness. And even then, whenever I need treatment for something, even just a cold, she treats me on my hands instead. In my experience, this is always really good for relief of both pain and symptoms, although most people feel tired the following day, so don't have reflexology the day before a big event. You should also be told by your reflexologist that you must drink plenty of water for the next 24 hours. This removes the toxins which have been released into the body by the treatment. The price of treatment can vary from free, if you can either persuade your mum to become a qualified reflexologist, or if you volunteer to be a guinea pig for someone who is training; to about twenty pounds if you go to one of the best qualified practitioners. I would recommend this treatment to anyone, particularly if conventional medicine has not helped. It can be particularly useful as an alternative to drugs in pain-relief. Don't let being ticklish p
              ut you off, I can guarantee you won't be as ticklish as me, I am the person who can't wear high neck jumpers as they tickle my neck! And even if you are really ticklish, give it a try, they may be able to work on your hand instead.

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                16.09.2001 06:41
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                Reflexology uses particular points on the feet that correspond to various meridian lines in the body. In short, the body is divided into 10 meridians and these run right through the body from head to big toes. Manipulating the feet along one of these lines will affect the parts of the body situated within that meridian. The reflexologist first introduces your feet to his/her touch, then relaxes you by manipulating and massaging your feet before commencing a treatment. Each of the toes corresponds to a different section of the body and the careful manipulation of each one of these in turn will help relax the breathing and induce a state of calm. All the meridians end in the big toe so this is an important site on your feet. You can control and often cure headaches by manipulating the 'neck' of the big toe. You don't need a reflexologist for this as its easy to do for yourself. The practitioner can see your entire body 'shape' and its general condition by placing your feet side by side and looking at the shape they make. Your whole body is mirrored in your feet. Tell tale signs that all is not well will often show up here first. Dry, scaling skin on the soles of your feet, for example, are a good indication that you don't drink enough water. If you have never had a reflexology treatment for relaxation, go and get one. You won't regret it and you'll literally be walking on air when you've finished!

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                  24.05.2001 14:21
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                  Ever heard people say, ?your feet show the agony on your face?? In my experience this is very true. Remember the Nursery Rhyme ?This little piggy went to market??? I love this and the actions that went with it as a child, but did you know that the rotating motion of the baby?s toes helps to gently relax the child. For example, the rotating motion of the big toe corresponds to the neck, thus relaxing it. Originating in China around 4000 years ago, Reflexology is a wonderful relaxing form of massage to relax you in the hustle and bustle of today?s modern world. Reflexology is not just a pampering tool, but a healing therapy too. A Reflexology Therapist makes a series of pressure movements on the feet with his/her hands. These movements release toxins, helping to improve circulation, gland and also organ functions, whilst allowing the body and mind to relax. This treatment will help to relieve all types of aches and pains. **Cost of a Session** £15.00 to £25.00 per hour-long session. This is usually about twenty to twenty-five minutes per foot, plus a relaxation period at the end of the treatment. **Treatment** 1) The client will be asked to remove their footwear and any other coverings on the feet, and then asked to lie on a coach or fit in a comfortable chair. Soft music is often playing in the background. 2) The therapist before touching their client?s body will often look at your feet, to assess their needs, before commencing treatment. 3) The therapist will then gently rotate the feet to establish how relaxed their client is feeling at the present time. The therapy is carried out on dry feet with maybe the use of powder or aqueous cream to reduce friction, so that the therapist can make contact with the each nerve endings of the feet. Each nerve ending corresponds to a different area of the body. For example the heel corresponds to the low back and hip area. The ankle, the pe
                  lvis. 4) The therapist usually works on one foot at a time, starting with the left foot. As the massage progresses, the therapist will be able to spot the problem areas within the body. He/she will feel a ?crunching? sensation under their fingertips. The ?crunching? sensation indicates a particular area of tension in the body. The client will often describe the sensation of having fingernail pressed into the feet. It really does hurt at time! 5) Another sensation that the client may describe is a tingling sensation in a specific part of the body, even though the therapist is working on their feet. This is normal and the way the body responds as the toxins are being cleared. 6) The therapist will then move to the right foot after about twenty minutes. The right foot is known as the ?giving? side of the body. 7) The therapist following the end of the treatment will ask the client to relax. The therapist will encourage the client to close their eyes and take deep breaths allowing the body a chance to recover after its treatment. This takes between five to ten minutes 8) Following the treatment the client will be asked to drink a glass of water. This helps to clear away the body?s toxins released during the course of the treatment. (The client is encouraged to drink lots of water for the rest of the day). **Avoid this form of Therapy** 1) If using strong sedation or heavy medication. 2) Had recent internal surgery. 3) Puffy Ankles. 4) Suffer from Diabetes. 5) Have Athletes Foot or a Verruca. 6) Have Shingles. 7) Have a Heart condition. 8) If you are pregnant. 9) Prolonged bleeding from a period. 10) Do not have this treatment following a meal as it can induce nausea. Alternatively, avoid having it done on an empty stomach, as the bowel is stimulated during treatment. **How Often?** A
                  course of treatment should not be considered until an initial session of assessment has taken place. For maintenance care of the body monthly sessions are advised. For treatment of a more concentrated nature once a week is advised for the first month. Caution, do not have treatments less than three days apart as the true benefits will be lost. **Choosing a Therapist** Personal recommendations are the best. Avoid looking in Yellow Pages. Most good Alternative Therapists do not advertise! (in my experience) I personally love this treatment. It helps to relax my neck and lower back, whilst allowing me time to relax and rest. I have even fallen asleep during treatments. I would recommend this therapy once, but I need to have my feet desensitised before treatment can commence. One final point, my father who hated alternative therapies, had this therapy performed on him whilst in the Arthur Rank Hospice, during the last week of his life. It relaxed him enough to allow him to have a sleep, even though he was in extreme pain due to his lung cancer. I can see and have also experienced Reflexology therapy and would thoroughly recommend it as an alternative to conventional drugs for stress relief.

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                    08.03.2001 01:53
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                    I have tried Reflexology for almost a year and amazingly, it works very well. Until I started reflexology, I didn't realise that there are so many hidden problems in my body. One of the greatest problems is stress, which is the origin, or part of the origin, of so many diseases. Just about anyone can benefit from Reflexololgy as most conditions respond to treatment. It is excelent in combating stress and deeply relaxes the recipeint . Longstanding problems and unexpected illness both benefit. Reflexology is the practice of owrking the feet to promote good health and has existed for thousands of years. It is actually a scientific method of applying pressure to the feet or hands, which enables the body to activate its own healing resources. To the Reflexologist, the feet or hands represent a miniature map of the entire body. The areas mapped on the feet or hands are known as reflexes. These relate and correspond to all the various systems, organs and glands of the body. Stimulating the reflexes encourages the body to function as it should. Relexology treats the whole bodu rather than focusing on specific problems. ALthough not a system for diagnosis, it does provide clues as to which areas of the body may be experiencing difficulties. The course of reflexology definately relaxed me. However, it is not a miracle cure for anything. A long period of time is needed for the body's healing power to cure a problem - therefore, do not feel that reflexology is uneffective if the first few sessions show little effect. After a course of time, it would gradually take effect.

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                    10.02.2001 23:27
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                    I have a man friend who is a reflexologist and when he offered 'to do my feet' as I was looking a bit stressed out I wasn't too keen. I'm a bit sensitive about my feet but I nevertheless agreed after a little persuasion. I felt a bit foolish lying on his massage bed with him sitting at my feet. He asked me a few questions about my health and then gently took some oil and rubbed it into my feet. It felt so good. He then started to massage my feet in specific places and told me just to relax. Some of the points he pressed felt quite uncomfortable. He told me this was a sign of a blockage in the energy channels and was related to a certain part of my body. He went on to explain that each point he massaged was linked to different parts of the body. From what I remember the big toe was linked to the pituitary and pineal gland and just below the big toe was the throat area, the kidney was half way down with the eye and ears below the second and fourth toe. I can't promise that I'm exactly right but I do remember where the sex area was! He said if the feet were placed together the underneath was like a map of the body. The head was the big toe, the instep the spinal column and so on. There are supposedly energy meridians linking our body to our feet, think I've got that right. It was actually quite interesting but he did have lovely brown eyes and those fingers! The full massage took about an hour and I must say that afterwards I felt quite relaxed and almost dopey ( no comments please!). It was like the tensions of the day had been disolved away. I've had further massage treatments since with Mr. Brown Eyes. Fortunately he does them for free. His normal fee is £25-£30 depending on who it is. I don't know how much is in the imagination but I feel that reflexology works as a relaxant and tension buster. My friend claims all sorts of allergies and complaints ca
                    n be helped with reflexology. I have a girl friend who went to him for PMS and said that it definitely helped. I'd say give it a try, it does feel nice and sort of ... well sexy!

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                      08.02.2001 01:48
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                      Reflexology is a form of specific pressure and massage techniques on foot and hand reflex points that represent certain organs and areas around the body. When a reflexologist works on these points in a co-ordinated way, the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems are stimulated, encouraging the natural processes of the body to help release toxins, congestion and energy pathways (or chi). Practitioners claim that reflexology promotes the body to heal itself, to bring about change physically, mentally and spiritually. It is claimed that it could be effective in combating stress, fatigue, skin disorders, asthma, sciatica, period pain, backache, migraines, hayfever, sinusitis, menopause and even digestion problems. If you decide to opt for this treatment the reflexologist may look at your posture and then ask you to remove your shoes, socks and jewellery. You will then be invited to sit or lie in a comfortable position and to relax. The treatment will begin with specific massage techniques on the feet to enable you to relax before the pressure techniques are applied. Each reflex point will be individually worked on both feet to stimulate a specific organ or area in the body that it represents. Your first treatment should take about one hour and subsequent treatments would be either one hour or 30 minute sessions. As the reflexologist applies the pressure techniques you may feel the sensation of normal pressure on the skin and also you will possibly feel different sensations on your feet and in other areas of the body. You should be encouraged to tell the reflexologist of any sensations felt and, in turn, the practitioner should inform you of the most common sensations experienced. Of course, people’s reactions differ. According to most practitioners, most people are left feeling calmed and relaxed or energised and rejuvenated. Personally, It felt a little weird ha
                      ving someone massage my feet, especially as I had been to work all day – phew! But after, I felt warm and very relaxed – for 15 quid, it isn’t a bad way to spend an hour, try it, you might enjoy it (and you might help that asthma?).

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                        I went for my first treatment of Reflexology when I was 6 months pregnant with my 2nd child as I developed high bp caused by anxiety. Because there are limits to the medications you can take while pregnant I decided to seek other forms of treatment for my anxiety. recommended of course by my Midwife. After having 2/3 treatments my anxiety levels were greatly reduced and this showed with my bp readings as they steadily came down to a more desirable level much to my surprise. I went on to have a very healthy pregnancy and normal labour and a very healthy baby at the end of it. I am continuing to have this treatment every month which i am sure is helping me cope with my tiredness and life with 2 children. Recommend to anyone!

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                          23.08.2000 06:21
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                          Virtually from the moment I knew I was pregnant I had trouble sleeping. I've been an insomnia sufferer for years with bouts now and then some very bad some just lasting a week or two. Even so nothing prepared me for 8 months of the worst insomnia ever, and after everything I resolved to reflexology. Unfortunately it didn't work for my sleeping and that continued until my daughter was a couple of months old. But while I was there the reflexologist asked me if I had any other problems and I told her about the usual pregnant woman back pains I was getting. She told me she could also have done any kidney pains, bladder problems, headaches etc even helped me go into natural labour if I had been over due (due to 3 early m/c's I was very nervous about going overdue). Well I don't think I have ever felt anything so relaxing and wonderful, and it cleared up my backpain perfectly. I had weekly appointments and the problem didn't return for the rest of the pregnancy. Unfortunately I can't afford to go now but that was under the NHS. Be warned however that reflexology is not widely recommended for pregnant women, the person doing my treatment was a specialist from the local university working at the hospital part time. I don't know anything about the oils they use or the treatment itself but I would recommend professional treatment for pregnant women. But consult your midwife and doctor first because they might not agree not all do.

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                          17.08.2000 10:10
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                          Somewhere, possibly, there’s a dividing line where rubbing someone’s feet stops being foot massage, and starts being reflexology. Or at least that’s the theory. It justifies large sums charged by institutions that train reflexologists, and the sale of countless books. Of course experience is beneficial, but I’m not sure the distinction is that clear, for a number of reasons. First of all, reflexology can depend on an emotional relationship. A professional may need to be “better”, because they won’t have the instinctive knowledge of what’s right and what’s wrong that a friend or member of family will have. At the same time, the amateur ought to read around the field a little, to see what has previously been done. I don’t, however, believe that the “maps” of the feet and their relation to the body are as cast-iron as some documents present them, and I think the variation from individual to individual is greater than in most other forms of complementary healthcare. Reflexology is truly complementary, in that it makes no demands that the patient forego other forms of treatment, and doesn’t conflict with them. To be honest, what reflexology does best is to relax the patient (and, done properly, the reflexologist too), and in that context an amateur friend can easily be as good as a professional, if they don’t have the right rapport with the ‘patient’. Thankfully, reflexology is also one of the most forgiving of therapies, in that it’s pretty hard to do any damage, even if you don’t do any good, so why not give it a go? Learn-as-you-do is the way forward! jdcxxx

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                            09.08.2000 22:08

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                            I recommend this to everyone. Treat yourself even if it’s just for the experience. Because friends had told me about this practice I thought try it out (always the sceptic). I lay quite relaxed even though I was dreading my feet being touched (it’s just that tickle tickle thing and you want to laugh all the time, at my age too, how immature). It felt good and pampering and the girl explained that as all the energy went out of her it would hopefully go into me, and that’s exactly what happened. She said she was very tired but I felt great. All of a sudden the wind seemed to go out of me and I was like a rag doll, just exhausted. It was a funny sensation as she was still working on my feet and telling me these things about different parts of my anatomy, and I couldn’t have cared less if the roof had caved in. Her energy levels returned and she said that this experience didn’t happen with everyone. (I knew I was special) She also told me if it worked I would run to the toilet a lot later on, which I did. This was all the bad toxins coming out. A very worthwhile hour out of your life and a great experience. And I mustn’t forget very informative.

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