Homeopathy & Reflexology
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Homeopathy is a holistic therapy, which means that it focuses on the whole person. Rather than treating a condition, homeopathy treats the person, taking into account all aspects of health and who you are. It can be used to help with anything from a bruise to emotional trauma, from coughs and colds to anxiety. Remedies are sourced in the natural world and are selected by determining the closest fit to the physical and emotional symptoms shown. It’s about working with the body, to encourage it to heal itself. Our bodies are wonderfully equipped at self-healing, but in the chaotic demands of everyday life, our energy is distracted on many things and not focused on healing our wounds. Things that happen to us can leave us out of balance, physically or emotionally, and homeopathy is looking to help to restore this balance.
How does it work?
Homeopathy is based on the principle that like cures like, which means that a little bit of what causes a problem can be used to treat the same problem. The key is in the dose – a homeopathic dose is many times diluted, at the same time as being succussed, which is known as potentisation. By succussion, the energy of the substance is released, and the more it is done, the higher the potency of the remedy.
Remedies are considered to be safe for all ages, from first born, and can be used during pregnancy and breast feeding.
What are treatments like?
Be prepared to be asked a wide range of questions on every aspect of your health and your emotions. It’s important to get to the heart of what makes you you in order to find the right remedy.
An initial consultation will last for about 1.5 to 2 hours, and follow-ups will usually be about an hour. The number of treatments needed depends on the nature of the issue, it’s likely to take several sessions, particularly in the case of chronic illness.
Reflexology is based on the concept that there are points on the foot (and also the hand) that correspond to the various parts of the body. By stimulating these points, the body’s own healing process can be invoked to address health conditions. The reflexologist can sometimes feel a build-up of crystals under the skin in an affected area, and the patient can sometimes feel pain in the foot that corresponds to where pain is being felt in the body.
By stimulating particular points on the feet the body’s healing processes are stimulated. Sometimes after the treatment, or the following day, patients can feel more than usually tired as the body is focusing more on what needs to be healed.
The way I see it, reflexology works on many levels.
Firstly, it’s lovely to relax and have a massage. This encourages the parasympathetic nervous system, the opposite to ‘fight or flight’ mode, which is when mind and body can relax and go into ‘fix’ mode.
Secondly, your feet are really important and sometimes neglected. A massage of the feet is good for the circulation, and for re-distributing any little deposits that get left behind at nerve endings.
Thirdly, by focusing on particular points, changes can be encouraged in the corresponding area of the body. Reflexology also makes reference to the energy pathways, the meridians, used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
What are treatments like?
A first treatment will include an understanding of your medical history, so it’ll take a bit longer, but most treatments will last just under an hour.
You just sit back, get comfortable and enjoy the experience. You’ll need to drink lots of water after a treatment, and are advised to take it easy if you can.
People usually report some improvement after one treatment, but for a sustained improvement it usually takes a course of treatments. Some people like to book in periodically just to treat themselves.
Jean’s passion for complementary and alternative medicine started more than 11 years ago, when she qualified as a reflexologist. She came to refl exology when struggling with infertility. This started a path through many different holistic therapies, and her studies were interrupted by the arrival of twin daughters! She discovered homeopathy when the family were succumbing to the usual childhood illnesses. Having been very impressed with the results, she enrolled at the School of Homeopathy in Stroud, where she graduated from a 4 year course with a practitioner’s diploma. She is now registered with the Society of Homeopaths.
Her background is in the management of systems and process change. The skills honed in a long career included active listening, analysis and problem solving, all of which are useful in homeopathy. She believes in looking for root causes of problems, and the importance of understanding the disease process. She now devotes herself full time to her Homeopathy and Reflexology practice, alongside her family. She likes to write about health matters and maintains a blog on her website. She’s fascinated by the capabilities of our minds and bodies, and likes to help clients to understand more about themselves, their bodies, and how to achieve better health and well-being.
Homeopathy & Reflexology
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