Reflexology is a natural holistic therapy which has been practiced in various cultures for over 5000 years; particularly in Egypt, China and India.
It is based on the idea that the feet and hands are like a microcosm of the whole body where specific areas in the foot/hand relate to every organ, gland or body part. Working these areas, the reflexologist aims to stimulate the body to restore its natural balance.
As yet, Reflexology cannot be explained in scientific terms. There have been some positive research projects and many positive results are achieved.
Clients report that they feel better, more relaxed, more alert, more optimistic and have more energy.
Is Reflexology suitable for me?
Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age. However, there may occasionally be times when it is not suitable to provide a treatment. Please ring Stephane to ask for advice.
What happens when I go for a treatment?
A full medical history will be requested on your first treatment, and you will be asked to sign a consent form for treatment. This information will be kept confidential. Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive; depending on the type of reflexology, the most clothing that will have to be removed for a treatment to take place will be your socks and shoes.
The therapist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet, lower leg, hands, ears or face, depending on the type of reflexology chosen. You may feel areas of transient discomfort during the treatment, but generally the experience should be relaxing.
The therapist may recommend a course of treatments.
A brief history of reflexology
Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, this therapy was not introduced to the West until 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 zone.
In the 1930’s, Eunice Ingham (1889-1974) a nurse and physiotherapist, further developed the zone theory into what is known as reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
Modern reflexologists use Ingham’s methods, or similar techniques developed by the reflexologist Laura Norman.
Benefits of reflexology may include:
- Reduces feelings of stress
- Gives recipient a feeling of well-being
- Relaxes the mind and body
- Assists body in maintaining a balanced state
Reflexology may help:
- Stress related problems
- Back/neck pain
- Digestive issues
- Low mood
Stephane graduated in the Ingham Method of Reflexology in 2015, and is registered with the International Institute of Reflexology.
Stephane was born in Bordeaux, and lived in Paris for 20 years. He now lives and works in Bristol practicing reflexology and is available for regular appointments at Yew Tree Clinic. He is passionate about sport, especially rugby and football, he also plays tennis.
Stephane specialises in helping in stress reduction and has experience of working with people of all ages including babies and children.
Stephane believes uses active listening, reassurance, empathy and confidence building to lead to rapid, positive results.
He can work both in French and English.