Reflexology in Bristol at the Chiron Centre
Reflexology is a natural, holistic therapy. It has been used successfully for thousands of years by cultures from all around the world. It is based on the idea that the feet, hands or face are mini maps of the body and that there are points or reflexes which relate to the vital organs, glands or structures of the body. For example, on our feet, the big toe is the head and at the base of the big toe are reflexes for the neck.
There are two distinct types of reflexology practised at the Chiron Centre in Bristol, one type works on points on the feet, while the other works on points on the face. Here is a description of both modalities:
Facial Reflexology Sorensensistem™ – practiced by Agata
How does it work?
You have probably heard of foot reflexology. Facial Reflexology Sorensensistem™ works on the most visible part of our anatomy, the part you expose to the world on a daily basis.
It is a powerful complementary therapy aiming to give you the best look and feel in your face, by improving blood supply, lymphatic drainage and muscle tone in the face, giving you a healthy glow and rejuvenated look.
Being such a close distance to the central nervous system of the brain, facial reflexology permits stimulus to travel the quickest route to our ‘control panel’, to stimulate the nerve function of the brain into addressing any health imbalances in the body. It uses over 500 acupressure points and several maps of zones on the face, to provide a precise treatment. It is common for my clients to go into deep relaxation or fall asleep during the treatment and awaken feeling as if they had a full body massage.
How did it come about?
Facial Reflexology Sorensensistem™ was created some 30 years by Lone Sorensen. Its origins go back a few centuries and draw on different practices and traditions around the world. Facial Reflexology combines Chinese energy meridians and acupuncture points in addition to Vietnamese and South American tribal body maps. It links to anatomical and physiological knowledge of the body. A session of Facial Reflexology Sorensensistem™ facilitates deep relaxation as a vehicle that enables natural healing processes in the body, resulting in a letting go of unwanted tension and a measurable improvement in your sense of wellbeing.
Foot reflexology – practiced by Charlotte and Sophie
During a treatment, the therapist uses specific thumb and finger techniques to apply pressure to the reflexes on the feet. This helps clear blockages and congestion in the body, which in turn allows the body to rebalance and be healthy (the blockages or congestion may have arisen from an accident, injury or illness). When the body is not working in harmony, we are more prone to infection which can manifest as colds, headaches and fatigue. Reflexology is an extremely relaxing and revitalising treatment and is suitable for people of all ages.
Benefits of reflexology may include:
- Reduces feelings of stress
- Calms and soothes
- Gives recipient a feeling of well-being
- Relaxes the mind and boy
- Assists body in maintaining a balanced state
Reflexology may help:
- Stress related problems
- Back/neck pain
- Digestive issues
- Low mood
Hand reflexology – practiced by Maeve Duff
How does Hand Reflexology Work?
Reflexology is considered to be a form of ancient Chinese medicine, which has flourished as a holistic and clinical form of treatment. Reflexology can help with many conditions such as anxiety, back pain, neck pain and hormonal imbalances. It is proposed that there are reflex points in the hands and feet which correspond to parts of the body and which connect to the energetic meridian system of the body.
Hand Reflexology works on the reflex points and energetic system of the body in largely the same way as foot reflexology, it’s especially beneficial when foot treatments cannot be carried out; for example, during a time of injury, after surgery or during a time of skin infection. For babies and elderly clients hand reflexology may be more accessible. It is proposed that the reflex points of the hands are deeper and require deeper pressure which may mean hand reflexology shows faster results than foot reflexology.
Benefits of a Hand Reflexology Treatment
- Improved nerve function
- Boosted energy levels
- Increased circulation
- Deeper relaxation
- Elimination of toxins
- Nervous system stimulation
- Reduction in headaches
- Speeding of healing
- Clearer sinuses
- Improved gynaecology and urology
- Stimulation of digestive system
- Help with insomnia and sleep disturbances
- Improved organ function
- Eases pregnancy
What happens during sessions and how much does it cost?
During a hand reflexology you will be seated comfortably with a supporting pillow under your arm. I will start on each hand individually with opening stretches and hand massage. This will help to open up the hand energetically for deeper reflex work. I will then work on the individual reflex points of the hands using various thumb walking and finger techniques. During this time, I will map out any areas of congestion using a hand reflexology map which we can then look at together. If you are suffering with a specific condition or symptoms particular attention will be paid to the corresponding reflex points. For example, if you have a headache or acid reflux I will pay special attention to the area of the feet that corresponds with your head and abdomen. Your treatment will finish with a gentle, nourishing and moisturising hand massage. Hand reflexology can be a truly powerful and effective form of therapeutic treatment which you are invited to come and experience at our relaxing center.
Treatments last 1 hour and cost £40.
If you would like to find out more or want to understand how reflexology may help you, please contact reception at the Chiron Centre in Bristol.
|Charlotte Perrey||£38||1 hour|
|Maeve Duff||£40||1 hour|
|Sophie Harding||£45||1 hour|
|Agata Palmer – Facial reflexology||£45||1 hour|
NB : Initial consultation may require the completion of a questionnaire, in which case the session time may be slightly longer than that shown, but at the same fee. Alternatively, you may be asked to arrive a few minutes before your appointment time to complete the paperwork in our waiting area.