Helen has a wide experience of the benefits that reflexology can bring to our health and wellbeing both as a recipient of reflexology treatments for over 25 years and as a practitioner for the last 10 years.
Helen is an experienced reflexologist and treats clients at clinics in the centre of Exeter and in Crediton town centre.
WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology is a non-intrusive therapy promoting deep relaxation, based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands, feet and ears that correspond to every part of the body. We believe that through application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance and may relieve tension, improve circulation and promote the natural function of the related areas of the body.
HISTORY OF REFLEXOLOGY
Various forms of reflexology have been practised for thousands of years. Pictogram drawings indicate that reflexology was practised by the physicians in ancient Egypt, as long ago as 2,500 BC. There is also anecdotal evidence of forms of therapeutic foot massage in India and China.
Reflexology was introduced to the West when Dr William Fitzgerald developed 'Zone therapy'. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same vertrical zone.
In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known as reflexology. She believed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body. Eunice Ingham and Inge Dougans continued to establish the therapy, and Doreen Bayley brought reflexology to the UK in the 1960's.
A TYPICAL REFLEXOLOGY SESSION
On your first visit, Helen will determine your present and past health and lifestyle. She will then use her hands to apply pressure to your feet or hands. The application and the effect of the therapy are unique to each person. A professionally trained reflexologist can detect subtle changes in specific points on the feet or hands, and by working on these points may affect the corresponding organ or system of the body.
A treatment session usually lasts for just under an hour. A course of treatment over more than one session may be recommended depending on your body's needs.
After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very definite way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful - but this is transitory and is a part of the healing process. This is vital information to feed back to the reflexologist as it shows how your body is responding to treatment. This feedback will help the reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Helen is a registered member of the Association of Reflexologists . She has recently moved to Exeter from Buckinghamshire, where she lived for 23 years.
During that time Helenís primary occupation was as a business management consultant, but in 2003 she retrained as a reflexologist at the Oxford School of Reflexology and has been practising since she qualified.
Helen has a wide experience of the benefits that reflexology can bring to our health and well being both as a recipient of reflexology treatments for over 25 years and as a practitioner for the last 10 years.
Since qualifying, Helen has undertaken further training in Chinese Reflexology Techniques, Chinese Foot Massage and Lymphatic Drainage, Facial Reflexology, Gentle Touch Reflexology, Korean Hand Reflexology, Working with Cancer Patients and Finger Free Reflexology.
Helen is also currently developing her knowledge and experience of Western herbal medicine.
Further opportunities to widen her knowledge are provided by clients themselves. In response to specific client needs Helen has further researched stress, autism, migraine, depression, infertility, myasthenia gravis and Rett Syndrome. Helen also has access to the Association of Reflexologistís wide knowledge base on symptoms and conditions.
Helen complies with the continual professional development requirements of the Association of Reflexologists. Her future research and training plans include reflexology for babies and children.
Helen has full professional indemnity insurance and abides by the codes of practice of the Association of Reflexologists.
FEES and OFFERS
Treatments usually cost £35 for a session of up to 50 minutes (consultation and treatment).
As an introduction, a series of 4 booked sessions will cost £120, a saving of £20. Or book 6 sessions and receive the sixth one free, saving £35.
Introduce a friend and when he/she has had one treatment and booked a second, Helen will send you a voucher for 50% off your next treatment.
Give a treatment voucher as a gift, and when the voucher is used, you will receive 25% off your next treatment. Gift vouchers start at £35 for one treatment.
Member of the Association of Reflexologists