I have to admit something. Up until recently, I have always hated having my feet massaged. Yes I know it may sound odd for a massage therapist to admit that but it's true. Over the last 16-years or so, I have undertaken literally hundreds of hours of massage training in varying styles and I have always cringed when the moment came to work on or around the feet.
Generally ticklish, I never liked having my feet treated. That is until I trained in Reflexology.
Now I know at this point you may wonder what on earth possessed me to train if I hate my feet being massaged and I must admit, that there were moments at the beginning of the course when I asked myself the same question. Initially I signed up to the course because for over 12-years, I've had many people ask for the treatment and finally I thought, why not?
And so I was more than a little apprehensive the first time I was to receive a treatment during my training but within moments of starting I found myself struggling to stay awake, it was just so relaxing! In the end, I think I was the person in class who was most likely to start snoring as soon as my feet were touched.
Over the course of the training I gave and received many treatments and it was clear that those attending who already had a good background in massage were giving not only a powerfully effective Reflexology Massage but also an exceptionally good deep massage of the feet at the same time.
I believe that there is a level of strength and skill needed for Reflexology that a therapeutic massage therapist has honed over many years of day to day practice. So it's probably not a surprise that I took to the treatment like a duck to water and found myself really enjoying giving Reflexology, as well as receiving it of course.
It has been said that Reflexology can treat a wide range of conditions by working the zones of the feet which represent different areas of the body. In addition to this there are many Acupuncture points around the feet and ankles. As an experienced Acupuncturist, this enables me to focus not only on the typical reflexology zones of the feet but I can also use my skills of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupressure to encourage further benefits.
Reflexology is one of my favourite and most popular treatments. I begin each session with a consultation followed by a brief cleanse to freshen and soften the feet before I commence a sequence of therapeutic Reflexology massage using a therapeutic blend of Aromatherapy oils which I have formulated especially for safe use on the feet. The treatment lasts for 45-minutes but can also be combined with Aromatherapy Massage, Deep Tissue Massage or Hot Stone Massage or for those wanting something extra special and for a deeply rebalancing experience, I also offer a 1-hour combination or Reflexology and Reiki to include my skills as a Reiki Master/Teacher.
I have come to understand just how special Reflexology massage is. Not only is it incredibly relaxing but it is also deeply restorative and soothing. I am not totally converted to having my feet massaged and I really hope that after you have seen me for a treatment that you will be too!
I am an Acupuncturist, Professional Massage Therapist and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher with more than 15-years Experience. Based in Brighton and Hove, appointments are available 5-days a week Tuesday-Saturday. For more information please visit my website.