Reflexology sessions

Regain your vitality and
be well

A tool for:

Well-being: for relaxation, reducing muscular tension, combating stress, balancing emotions, revitalizing energy and improving sleep.

Common Ailments: muscular and joint pain, headaches, insomnia, skin conditions, digestive disorders, breathing difficulties, hormonal imbalances, urinary infections, PMS, Menopause and lack of energy.

Clinical Contexts: complement treatment, aid recovery, alleviate symptoms, and offer support pre and post operations.

Fertility and Pregnancy: aid couples with fertility, alleviate pregnancy symptoms and support during labour and birth.


For whom

Reflexology is suitable for babies, children, men, women and elderly people because it is safe and natural.

Its human interaction, touch and versatility also makes it useful for a variety of situations: from the delicate touch to help a baby release tension after birth and adjust to the outside world, to a hand session for a patient in hospital with limited movement and access, to a relaxing and re-vitalizing session for the elderly.

Benefits

• Energizing and uplifting
• Calming and deeply relaxing
• Improve sleep and digestion
• Stimulation of the body’s organs and systems, supporting the body’s own healing process.
• Detoxification, ridding the body of waste products and toxins.

Sessions

A session lasts an hour or ninety minutes. All client consultations and sessions are completely confidential.

During the session, the body’s organs and systems are stimulated through the reflexes in the hands and feet by applying pressure and specific massage techniques.

Depending on the client’s objective, sessions can be taken as a one-off, or series of weekly or monthly sessions. Whatever the purpose of your sessions, the number of sessions required to achieve it depends on the severity of the condition, the length of time it has existed, your age, and your active involvement during the process.

After a session

Each person responds in their unique way in relation to what their body needs, and the way their body works.

• Drink water – to assist eliminating toxins from your body.
• Take time to digest the treatment
• Be attentive to changes or reactions to your condition.
• Note the evolution of your bodily activities – such as sleep, digestion, levels of energy etc.

Reflexology today

Background

Stimulating specific areas on the hands and feet to promote health has been used as a tool in many civilizations; in countries such as India, China, Japan and Native America. The earliest specific evidence appears 4,500 years ago in Ancient Egypt on the tomb of physician Ankhmahor where pictures around the wall of his tomb illustrate the medical techniques he had at his disposal, including what appears to be both hand and foot reflexology.

In the West, the concept of “Reflexology” was a result of Europe’s great leap forward in scientific and medical knowledge in the 19th century with research into the nervous system and reflexes. Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American laryngologist, developed this knowledge and used wooden clothes pegs and elastic bands on the fingertips when carrying out minor surgery to block out pain. In 1917 he published the book ‘Zone Therapy’.

Physiotherapist Eunice Ingham, fascinated by the effects of zone therapy, experimented with her own patients and found that all those who had a disorder in a particular body part also consistently had sensitivity in the same area or point on the feet. In 1938 she developed a map of the reflexes on the feet. Her work continues to be taught today by her nephew Dwight Byers, and through previous students of hers such as Hanne Marquardt in Germany and Doreen Bayly in the UK.

In the East, Reflexology is a branch of the ancient Chinese practice Acupuncture that looks to balancing the vital energy ‘chi’ in a person along their energy channels ‘meridians’. It was re-discovered in the 1980s as a practice, contributing to the increased research and number of practitioners today.

Popularity Today

• Increasing media interest on its benefits to explanations of the therapy and its efficacy are being published.
• Growing attention from the medical profession: in the UK many practices, clinics, and hospitals, such as University College Hospital in London, are utilizing reflexologists as an economical therapy.
• Research trials: controlled studies are now being carried out in Europe and the USA.
• Increasing government regulation of reflexology worldwide in the introduction of training standards and of recognized qualifications.
• Improved standards of training: it now takes a minimum of 9 months part-time training to become a reflexologist in the UK.

Approach

Whatever the goal of your sessions, consider it an opportunity to learn about yourself. Be aware of the manner in which you deal with your particular condition – it reflects your attitude, overall state of health and background.

Relating to a condition or circumstances only as if they were a problem that needs to be got rid of or solved, conceals the learning value they bear. One can suffer, control or suppress the physical condition or emotions or choose to use their attention, time and energy to confront and manage the situation differently.

Reflexology techniques

Reflexology

Is the therapeutic application of touch to a specific area of the hand and feet. Every area of the body has an associated reflex point on the foot that reflects the condition of an individual area, organ, or system of the body. There are different forms of Reflexology – each with its own qualities, uses and pressure. The techniques I have trained in and use in sessions are detailed below:

Conventional Reflexology

Conventional reflexology is based on the original foot work developed by Eunice Ingham, one of the founder’s of what we know as reflexology today. It utilizes foot massage and reflex point pressure techniques to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Practice of this technique has provided foundations for other forms of reflexology to develop and is an important part of individual reflexology sessions today.

Precision Reflexology

This technique involves holding two or three identified reflex points at the same time. These points are held, without applying force or pressure, stimulating the reflexes and the connection between the points. The connection can be felt as a tingle, a pulse, or a feeling of warmth. Precision work is powerful even with gentle pressure, this being particularly effective on painful reflexes or for sensitive clients.

Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT)

A reflexology technique applied briefly to the feet in a standing, weight-bearing position. It was originally developed by the demand while treating orthopaedic clients whom had limited mobility – it was more practical and comfortable to treat while they stood or sat than lying down. When the feet are standing, the foot’s reflexes are stimulated more deeply, and the body’s receptivity to the treatment is often greater. In a small medically approved trial, over 60% of mobility problems experienced by the participants showed a marked improvement in six weeks.

Synergistic Reflexology

This technique aims to channel all the body’s attention to a particular organ, gland or limb by simultaneously working two corresponding reflexes – one on the hand, and one on the foot. The impact of working two identical reflexes, for example hip/ankle and hip/wrist points, at the same time is a more effective result than if I had worked the two reflexes separately. The word ‘synergy’ means the increased effect achieved by having two factors working in co-operation.

About & Contact

Charlotte Crowther

Qualified Hand and Foot Reflexologist

Digestion difficulties and Charlotte’s experience of managing pressure is what first led her to try Reflexology. Touched by the relaxation she experienced in the sessions and the support it gave her in her daily life and well-being, she decided she would like to offer this service to others.

Charlotte graduated from the Oxford School of Reflexology, taught by Geraldine Giles, a leading Reflexologist who worked as President of the Association of Reflexologists and Chair of Reflexology in Europe Network. Direct tuition from Geraldine ensured achieving the highest level of training, and she was awarded a Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology. She has completed further specialist training in Precision & Synergistic Reflexology, with direct tuition from the founder Jan Williamson. And in Vertical Reflex Therapy, with direct tuition from the founder Lynne Booth.

Charlotte is a full member of the Association of Reflexologists, UK’s leading reflexology body, which works with other external bodies and advisory groups to promote the highest standards in the profession. As a certified member, Charlotte has met the strictest standards of practice, is committed to continually developing her skills and knowledge, and abides by their strict Code of Practice & Ethics. Charlotte is also a registered member of the Complementary Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Charlotte also works with people as a Grinberg Method Practitioner, which focuses on people developing their abilities to achieve their health, well-being and individual goals.

Book a session

To book a session or to find out more get in touch on 07463 861 218 or c@charlottecrowther.com.

Sessions are one-to-one, last 60 minutes and given in English or Spanish.

Sessions are available 7 days a week:
Monday to Friday 7.30am – 9pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am – 6pm

London Practice Locations:
Golborne Place, 70 Golborne Road W10 5PS
Pilates Off The Square, 4 Mandeville Place W1U 2BG

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gift vouchers

A special gift for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Fathers Day. Or as a present for your boss and colleagues, the completion of an important event, a friend leaving hospital, an expecting mum… or just as a treat.

Personalised Gift Vouchers are available all year round. Vouchers are a great gift idea for every occasion and can be made out to your chosen recipient. To purchase simply email Charlotte and she will send you further details.

A pack of 4 introductory sessions is also available to offer the experience of what can be achieved through the sessions.

Terms and conditions:
1. The gift vouchers are printed on card and are supplied with a matching white envelope.
2. When payment has been received, the vouchers can be:
- Picked up at one of my practice locations
- Emailed to you
- Posted for free, first-class to your address
3. Unless stated otherwise, vouchers are valid for up to 3 months after their date of purchase – date visible on the voucher.
4. Vouchers are non-refundable.
5. Payment may be made in cash, by bank transfer or via Paypal.