I’m a huge believer in alternative therapies, be it the powers of aromatherapy, massage or practicing mindfulness and positive thinking. It’s got me through many a stressful or negative time in my life and is being put to it’s full power right now as I’m navigating the rocky road of divorce. But one therapy in particular seems to make significant differences, reflexology. More than simply a massage for your feet, anyone trained in this practice can tell so much from what’s going on with your mind and body.
My first experience was 3 years ago now. Stressed to the hilt with a full house renovation and struggling to conceive, I trotted off to a local lady out of desperation. 2 hours later, I floated out of her therapy room like a weight had been lifted and much more knowledgeable about things which were going on in my body which had been niggling me for months. It was amazing and 6 weeks later I found out I was expecting a baby. Coincidence? I think not.
It’s been something which I knew I should try again, given the stressful situations I’m finding myself in right now, so this morning I headed off to see if Sarah and The Reflexology Retreat near Exeter could work her magic on my achy shoulders, broken sleep and general sense of well-being.
The aim at The Retreat is to use the ancient healing art of reflexology to provide a rejuvenating and restorative holistic experience. By analysing the reflex points on the feet you will receive a tailored treatment every time reflecting your current physical and emotional health.
The Reflexology Retreat is set in the tranquil countryside on the outskirts of Exeter, the perfect position to embrace your therapy session. After a few general health question, you head over to the take your seat, reclining on fur blankets and wrapped in a heated blanket. The next hour or so I melted into a calm reflective state, thinking I could use the free time to plan my working week in my head, there was no resisting the urge to just forget everything. It’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to completely clear my mind.
I’d love to explain exactly what Sarah did to initiate such a feeling of calm, but other than the occasional prod and tingles which shot through my body. The rest is a blur.
The feedback from my treatment was spot on and Sarah was able to advise on additional ways to help. Having been cured of migraines though a course of reflexology herself, she is passionate and very knowledgeable about the benefits.
Just as before, I felt like a weight had been lifted. Unaware how much tension I was carrying around, I felt lighter, my breathing slower, the familiar tightness in my chest which I’d had for so long, all gone. I’d been warned I may feel more emotional which was an understatement! Despite feeling calmer and I cried most of the way home each time a meaningful song came on the radio! Not a sad cry, I can’t really explain it, other than a release. And that calm feeling remained for the rest of the day. No more tears thankfully.
In brief it develops the bodies’ self-healing powers and maintains optimum health. This helps encourages the bodies’ neutral structure to achieve balance (known as homeostasis) in all its systems. Up to 70% of disorders can be related to stress and nerve tension. Stress is manufactured in the body and not absorbed from outside. Long term exposure to high pressure lifestyles can result in fatigue and depression.
For anyone looking to manage their stress or anxiety levels, or experiencing minor niggles, a complementary therapy like reflexology is really worth a try. I’m going to try to make a conscious effort to look after my mental health more from now on. Like an annual service for the mind.
I received a complementary reflexology session to share my experience