Reflexology is wonderfully healing non invasive therapy, it can help the body to ‘detox’ and reduce swelling by stimulating the Lymphatic System. Here, our in house Reflexology Specialist, Alex, explains this targeted treatment.
Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is an award winning reflexology technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet; it is a very gentle treatment and the aim is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body. It is a unique sequence that has been researched and developed by Sally Kay BSc (Hons), whilst working in Cancer Care but her protocol has also been found effective in treating clients suffering with problems such as lymphoedema, plus many more (for more information, see www.reflexologylymphdrainage.co.uk) I am lucky enough to have trained with Sally and I have found that RLD has added a whole new dimension to my work…
Have you ever found yourself scrolling through your phone aimlessly in an act of procrastination?
If you’re anything like me then I’m sure you have. The average person spends over 24 hours a week on the internet. This amount of time online has doubled in the past 10 years and stats are increasing!
And why wouldn’t they?
The rise of Facebook, Instagram and twitter has had us glued to our phones. Even if you’re not a social media junkie, there are no escaping emails and phone calls. All of this leads us ‘looking down’ as a society where instead we should be looking up.
Mobile phone usage has a massive effect on our health. As a society we are learning more about how technology can affect our mental health, but one thing we forget to factor is how this can affect our physical health, particularly our necks.
The human head weighs around 11 pounds in a neutral position; however when we are looking down our head can weigh up to 60 pounds. That equals roughly 60 pints of water… Or 600 golf balls!
Maybe your Lymphatic System is blocked or not working efficiently due to Lymphoedema!
Lympho what? I hear you say… Ok back up a little…. to fully understand lymphoedema, it helps to first know a bit about our bodies lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is part of our body’s immune system, it helps to protect us from infection and disease. Lymph fluid passes through lymph nodes which are connected by a network of lymph vessels. The lymph nodes are found throughout the whole body. This lymph runs alongside the circulatory system, but unlike blood that is pumped by the heart and under pressure throughout the bodies arteries and veins, the lymph system has no pump, and relies on muscles contracting in order for it to move around the body. The lymphatic system acts like a one-way drainage system transporting fluid from our body’s tissues into the bloodstream.
Chronic back pain is an extremely common ailment across the global population, and if it’s something you struggle with, it can be difficult to find treatments that consistently improve your symptoms. Many people swear by acupuncture sessions to relieve tension, particularly as an alternative to more invasive treatments or to drugs that could have problematic side effects. The reason acupuncture works well as an alternative to more invasive treatments is because it takes a holistic approach. Although there’s still more research to be done, this treatment is extremely promising as a long term strategy for managing back pain.
Please allow me to share a little of my journey thus far:
Having been told in teens that I had a natural gift, I began my studies and later qualified as a Holistic Therapist in 2004. From a very young age, I had always been drawn to Asian culture, so knew instantly that I was destined to further my knowledge and training with traditional Asian massage techniques. I roamed South East Asia and eventually settled in Northern Thailand to study Traditional Thai Massage at the prestigious TMC School. I was blessed enough to train in ancient Thai techniques perfected by the late Mama Lek Chaiya and her legendary Nervetouch system. From there I was one of the lucky few that studied Meridians and Acupuncture at Mungkala Chinese Medicine Centre, and became the embodiment of healthy-vegan living, staying in a bamboo hut within a remote Buddhist temple built beside a jungle waterfall and dabbling in Shamanic rituals.
Asian cultures have always believed in the benefits withheld in the bamboo, such as life energy, prosperity, longevity, sexuality, and fertility. In Japan, stalks of bamboo still symbolize eternal youth, strength, prosperity, and peace. What may appear like a new practice, bamboo massage, has ancient origins. Today, bamboo massage is advertised as Bamboo-Fusion, or simply touted at high-end spas as the latest in exotic treatments. Warm Bamboo offers many of the benefits of Hot Stones however is recommended for those looking for a deeper treatment or where focus on a specified area of tension is required. Hot Stone Massage is a deeply grounding and restorative treatment, well suited to those in need of relaxation and energy balance.
Facial Reflexology works by using gentle facial massage techniques for precise stimulation of reflex points, nerve points and zones on the face and scalp. As with hand or foot reflexology, there are points on the face that represent areas and systems within the body.
The aim is to help reduce symptoms and effects of many common ailments but also to provide total relaxation, thus encouraging the body and mind to start to heal. The face has a high density of reflex points which are very sensitive to signals sent by the organs and other areas of the body and their response to stimulation is quickly transmitted to the part of the body concerned. The proximity of the face to the brain and cranial nerves is what makes this therapy so effective.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common condition involving the degeneration of joints in the body, commonly affecting the knees, hips, lower back and neck, base of the thumb and big toe and finger joints. The degeneration particularly affects the cartilage, the smooth, slippery surface between the joints. The body cannot replace cartilage but attempts to repair the damage but makes it worse, laying down new bone in the form of osteophytes (bony spurs).
Types of Osteoarthritis
There’re two main types of OA – primary, where there’s no clear cause of the breakdown of cartilage, although there may be a genetic link, and secondary, where OA may develop in later life following injury such as a fracture or ligament damage. For example, ankle fractures commonly become arthritic and footballers with a history of major knee ligament damage may develop knee OA. More recently, a high BMI has been linked to OA in weight bearing joints.
My treatments help balance the mind, body and soul. The treatments I offer help relieve a wide range of problems ranging from stress / anxiety, depression, muscular aches and pains and stiff joints. They can improve circulation and boost your immune system. This is a wonderful gift to give a loved one or a beautiful treat for you. My treatments will build your confidence, leave you feeling rejuvenated and balanced.