Mindful Reflexology

… Supporting clients with stress, anxiety and depression

Stress is a word which is commonly used in today’s modern world, but stress is not something which is new to the human condition. It has always been present, but now it is more prevalent due to the pressures and demands of the 21st century.It is estimated that 1 in 4 adults will experience some form of stress, anxiety or depression each year, and approximately 1 in 10 children of school age suffer from mental health problems. Short term stress is not a problem as our bodies are well equipped to cope with it. However, when stress becomes long term it can start to have a detrimental effect upon health, causing physical, emotional, behavioural and psychological problems.

Anxiety And Depression

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, like a worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. It can make our heart race, we might feel sweaty, shaky or short of breath. Anxiety can also cause changes in our behaviour, such as becoming overly careful or avoiding things that trigger anxiety.When anxiety becomes a problem, our worries can be out of proportion with relatively harmless situations. It can feel more intense or overwhelming, and interfere with our everyday lives and relationships www.nhs.uk

Depression is used to describe a range of moods which can  make you feel persistently sad and down for weeks or months at a time. While some people believe that depression is trivial or not a genuine health problem, it’s actually a real condition that affects around one in 10 people over the course of their lives. It impacts people of all genders and ages – including children.

What Is Mindfulness And How Can It Help?

Mindfulness which has its roots in Buddhist meditation simply means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment.

The benefits of Mindfulness include a better ability to cope with stress and anxiety, improved sleep, an ability to relax and an ability to become kind towards ourselves and others.

Mindfulness Reflexology Treatment Plan:

As a touch therapy, Reflexology and Mindfulness go well together as  it is the perfect opportunity to allow your mind to be in the moment. It can be difficult to not fall asleep during a relaxing Reflexology treatment but if you are able to resist this temptation, it is possible to focus attention on the treatment moment by moment. Whilst also noticing when your mind is drifting away and  then bring it back to the present.

A course of 6 to 8 weekly sessions is recommended.

The first appointment lasts around 90 minutes and includes a full consultation and Reflexology treatment. Follow up sessions are 60 minutes.

A bespoke individualised Mindfulness plan will be created for you to follow with a varied selection of self help techniques to continue the positive effects of the treatment at home. As an Aromatherapist I will create a weekly bespoke Aromaball blend of organic essential oils to support your emotional and psychological needs.

The treatment  incorporates many of the techniques used in a conventional reflexology  treatment but there is  greater focus on the particular reflexes affected by stress.  I tend to focus longer working on the para-sympathetic nervous system, together with acupressure points  which has a calming effect upon  the adrenals .I will work also with breathing and relaxation techniques at the beginning and end of a treatment. If you wish I can incorporate  guided visualisations and meditations into the  Reflexology treatment.

 

I have a background in General and mental health nursing within the NHS  and I have a genuine understanding of the detrimental effects of stress on physical and psychological well being. Whilst providing a listening ear I may also suggest coping strategies which will always be small and achievable and tailored to your individual needs.