It’s nice to be writing ad lib for change instead of slogging towards a word count in a subject in which I have zero interest. (Hence the absence!)
Let me begin by saying, I am indeed an (almost) qualified reflexologist. By which I mean when I was an hormonal, unreliable, skint teenager, I did a night course at the local college where I invariably turned up late, if at all, took extended cig breaks and skulked off early. But still people, I’ve (nearly – that’s another story) got the certificate!
Let me also say, if the likes of me are allowed to go out there in the world of medical professionals and claim to be (nearly) qualified, you should choose your reflexologist VERY carefully. (And as a serious aside, the practice should really be regulated better.)
A friend and neighbour, a sunshiny woman named Jane asked me to give her new business a little shout out so here it is. And yes, I got a free treatment . . . but I would’ve done it anyway!
Jane is one of those down-to-earth, generous-hearted individuals that will listen to your problems all day long without every complaining about hers. She volunteers at a local mother and baby group for new mums struggling with mental health issues, she works part-time as a reflexologist treating cancer patients and their families, and additionally, she also has the cutest little treatment room in a quaint outbuilding at Red House Farm (incidentally, I tipped her off about this gem….i only want 10% Jane . . .).
A couple of weeks ago, on a beautiful spring morning, I gave myself an express pedi and drove fifteen minutes to Red House Farm not really knowing what to expect. Halfway there, I realised I had forgotten to shave my legs and I could feel my rushed polish job sticking to my tights,
After my half-assed experimentation with the therapy, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I was relieved though to find that Jane has years of experience behind her in all areas of reflexology. She asked me lots of questions about my general health and well-being (which is shamefully a little bit shit at the moment) and after a half hour initial consultation we started the treatment.
You have the option of choosing the bed or chair for your treatment. You dont have the option if you’re pregnant, it’s the bed. I’m not so I went for the chair, it looked like something I recline on in the garden, but my goodness it was so comfortable. The treatment lasted an hour, we chatted, but you don’t have to. Jane gives off an aura of peace and understanding and you find you want to open up about everything. That could be just me though, over-sharing as per. Occasionally she asked me to take deep breaths but other than that I just lay there and gabbed.
The whole hour was deeply relaxing and despite not having any illnesses or injuries, so to speak, Jane picked up that I was incredibly tense, which ties in with the anxiety issues I sometimes have, and that my endocrine system was out of balance, again anxiety related.
After an hour with my tootsies Jane told me more about my body than I’ve learnt in thirty-six years of living in it.
We finished with a few tips and pointers to help alleviate the tension and some advice on how to take the rest of the day (tip: easy) and how I could expect to feel.
I’ll admit, I has a cracking headache but that went after drinking a few glasses of water. That afternoon I was ravenous and for the first time in months I slept through the night and woke without any aches or pains.
I’ve been following Jane’s hints and tips and I feel great. There is a lot of debate within the medical profession as to how beneficial and effective reflexology is, with the term placebo being used frequently. Personally, if something works and makes you feel great, I don’t think it matters that ‘experts’ can’t agree on the whys and wherefores, the proof is right there in the way you feel. It’s a skilled approach that takes a lot of dedication and practice on behalf on the practitioner and if you choose a good therapist and approach it with an open mind, I really feel it can make a whole world of difference to not only specific health problems but also your general health and well-being.
Ill be going back . . . as a paying customer!
Useful things you might want to know:
“Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients.” (Association of Reflexolgists website)
You can find Jane at Red House Farm, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, WA14 5RL.
Her prices are £40 for an initial consultation at 1.5 hours and £35 for each session thereafter.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but Jane can help with:
Stress and anxiety / Women’s health / Fertility, antenatel, and postnatal support / Pain / Cancer
There is a lovely coffee shop at RHF, you could treat yourself to a frothy cappu or afternoon tea (if you’re not advised to avoid caffeine that is . . . it’s not a sore point, honestly!)
NB: my photography skills are as polished as ever and my camera lens is smashed, soz!