I am Cerys McCreanor BA (Hons), PGCE, MAR, and I am the Clinical Reflexologist at Mind Body and Sole Therapies.
Prior to training as a reflexologist I worked for over 20 years as a teacher within primary age education.
I first became aware of reflexology as a teenager when my mum was suffering with chronic back pain and she had turned to reflexology for help. She was amazed when the reflexologist was able to detect, from the presentation of her feet, that in the past she had had her thyroid removed. And after a course of treatments with the reflexologist, her back pain subsided. Then, 10 years ago, when traditional healthcare couldn’t help with my repeated sinus infections and associated difficulties, I tried reflexology for myself. I benefited greatly with an almost immediate reduction in sinus pain and inflammation and as an added benefit I also realised that I was much more able to cope generally, with reduced tension and considerably lessened hormone related symptoms. I became inspired to become a reflexologist to support others coping with day to day stresses, challenges and health issues.
I trained at the Cheltenham School of Reflexology and received a distinction in my Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Reflexology, as well as training in a range of specialised reflexology treatments (currently training in Reflexology for Fertility). I am a member of the Association of Reflexologists and the Complementary Natural Healthcare Council. I am fully insured and CRB checked.
What Is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a gentle, holistic, healing therapy dating back 5,000 years, practised by the Chinese, Indians and Egyptians that aims to restore balance to the body to enable it to heal.
Modern reflexology has been refined to a scientific art based on the idea that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all parts of the body. It is a touch therapy applied using the thumbs and fingers to apply pressure to specific points on the feet. Each point corresponds with an internal organ, gland or other structure. The pressure allows the release of blocked energy and built up toxins. This in turn improves circulation, encourages lymphatic drainage, releases toxins, stimulates nerve endings and relaxes muscles. This natural, non-invasive holistic therapy brings about deep relaxation, stimulates the body’s own healing processes and helps it to return to a state of balance and wellbeing. This therapy is now being integrated into traditional health care, (included in BUPA insurance) with 80% of palliative care units employing a reflexologist and it is used in many hospitals and health centres across the UK.
How Can Reflexology Help Me?
Reflexology can help aid relaxation, improve mood, release tension, enhance sleep and generally raise levels of wellbeing and health.
Reflexology is used to help treat many health problems relating to the Circulation, Lymphatic System, Respiratory System, Endocrine System, Nervous System, Reproductive areas, Urinary System, Digestive System, Muscular System and Immune System.
Reflexology is an excellent complement to traditional medical care and research has shown positive results in its efficacy for many disorders such as neck/back problems, pain management, migraine/headaches, hormonal, blood pressure, neurological disorders, musculo-skeletal aches and pains, digestive problems, joint problems, stress, maternity, fertility, menopause, etc.
What Are The Benefits of Reflexology?
•Release of tension
•Restoring the body's natural balance
•Revitalisation and increased energy
•Stimulation of the immune system
•Encouraging the body to heal itself
•Balancing of systems within the body
What Conditions Can Reflexology Help?
•Stress, anxiety and depression
•Fertility, pregnancy, birth and postnatal recovery
•Sports injuries and muscular pain
It is suitable for all ages, even babies respond well to reflexology.
How Does Reflexology Work?
Each foot contains 26 bones, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and 7,200 nerve endings. A Reflexology treatment involves a specific technique of stimulating reflex points in either the feet or hands, which correlate to every organ, cell, gland or part of the body. This activates physiological changes in the body, increasing freshly oxygenated blood flow, nerve supply and nutrients throughout the body, in order to help balance and stimulate the body’s own healing process.
What Does a Treatment Involve?
The first treatment includes a preliminary confidential medical history, which, together with the treatment will take approximately 1½ hours. This enables me to collect relevant information and consider what course of reflexology treatment and adaptations to develop the most beneficial treatment plan for you. The treatment plan is agreed together to ensure you are totally happy before treatment begins. All records are confidential.
Subsequent treatments will take an hour, although very sensitive people and children may prefer a shorter session. The amount of treatments required depends on the severity of the condition. Some people experience immediate effects, others take longer as the gradual benefits of reflexology build up gently.
Only shoes and socks need to be removed to receive reflexology. I will use my thumbs and fingers to apply pressure to the reflexes. The application and effect of the therapy is unique to each person, with most finding it deeply relaxing as during the treatment, brain waves go into a relaxed state, blood pressure and pulse rate drops to induce deep relaxation. Stress and muscle tension, the underlying cause of many health problems, is released, with many clients drifting off to sleep. I will detect imbalances in the feet, which will feel congested, gritty areas, indicating build-up of toxins, waste by-products such as lactic, uric acid, calcium deposits, which settle at nerve endings in the feet. This impedes circulation to the corresponding areas of the body. To the client, these imbalances may feel tender or slightly bruised. These areas are then worked on to disperse the toxins and release the blockages, restoring a feeling of well-being and the natural state of homeostasis.
Certain health conditions may require a doctor’s permission before treating.
What To Expect After a Treatment
My findings will be discussed with you at the end of the treatment. For some clients, applying pressure to the reflexes on the hands can be helpful to support their treatment. In these cases I will demonstrate how to do this and provide information for you to take home with you. In addition, I may offer additional holistic suggestions to support this process.
A ‘healing reaction’ may occur as the body eliminates toxins. This may include cold-like symptoms, thirst, tiredness, skin problems, coughs/mucus becomes more productive, as the elimination systems increase. These reactions will quickly disappear as the body re-balances and adjusts itself to maintain a natural equilibrium.
Everyone is individual and some respond to reflexology more quickly than others. Some people notice improvements immediately, while others with longer term problems or ailments, are likely to require more sessions. Most usually notice a difference after 4-6 sessions. Reflexology promotes the body’s own healing processes and a response can occur as the body tries to rebalance itself as part of this. In addition to changes in symptom patterns, common responses following treatment are:
•deep relaxation & calmness
•rejuvenation & increased energy
•sense of well-being or elation
•improved quality of sleep