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The Role of Reflexology in Women’s Health

Updated: Jun 6, 2021

Jo Martin I Revive Reflexology I 13 March 2021

According to the Office of National Statistics more women than ever are working in either a full or part time role and often combining work with managing (or sharing the running) of the home, family, school runs and care of elderly relatives. Our very busy lives can mean our stress levels rise and our wellbeing declines. Women’s health is dependent on many things but our hormonal health is key factor and throughout our lives we go through almost daily hormonal fluctuations during the process of our menstrual cycles.

We also experience several significant changes during puberty, pregnancy and menopause and so it is extremely important that we look after ourselves to ensure our ongoing health and wellbeing. The endocrine system is responsible for the regulation of our hormones; it is a highly refined network of glands that work together to control many bodily functions including- respiration, metabolism, reproduction, sensory perception, movement, sexual development & growth. The adrenal gland regulates the body’s production of adrenaline and cortisol, the hormones responsible for our ‘fight or flight’ response, and is designed so that we can escape from dangerous situations. However, if we live for long periods of time under stressful conditions then the levels of these hormones stays constant and we may find that some (or all) of these functions are disrupted as our body feels it is in constant threat and works to keep us ready for escape.

In short, stress can affect almost every part of our body!

As a reflexologist, I use specialist massage techniques to stimulate these nerves with the aim of bringing the whole person back into balance and promote natural healing. The theory is that the feet mirror our body and by manipulating certain points (known as reflexes), we can send signals to the relevant part of the body along the neural pathways and encourage health and wellness. For example, by stimulating the big toe, we are sending a signal right up the brain. A foot reflexology session normally begins with a thorough health consultation so the therapist can tailor-make you a treatment that will give you the most benefit covering a wealth of symptoms and conditions, but most clients will benefit from extra attention over the endocrine system to encourage the hormones to settle into their natural rhythm. The adrenal gland and pituitary in particular are key reflexes to help level out those stress hormones. Clients normally report a feeling a calm following a treatment and sleep can often be improved, in fact many will fall asleep during a treatment. I love it when this happens as it means the person feels completely relaxed, sometimes my couch is the only place a client is able to switch off. One session will certainly help you over a ‘hump’ but with regular reflexology treatments to keep on top of those adrenaline spikes people report improvements in many areas including digestion, anxiety, headaches, muscular aches and pains, energy levels, circulation, fertility and comfort in pregnancy.

Lots of people ask me “How can you work with feet?” My answer is simple- Our feet are amazing! They contain nearly a quarter of the bones in our body; walk an average of 110,000 miles during their lifetime; take a cumulative force of a couple of hundred tons over the course of the day and contain over 7,200 nerve endings that connect to our entire body and help to heal it!

I have a special interest in women’s health given my background as a midwife and am passionate about supporting women throughout all stages of life including: fertility support, pregnancy and menopause. If you would like more information about the treatments I offer or would like to know if I can help you, then please feel free to see my website www.revivereflex.co.uk or email me on revivereflexology.ciren@gmail.com . Attached is a little hand reflexology routine that you do yourself whilst we are not able to meet face to face due to the restrictions.

Jo Martin

Revive Reflexology

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Revive Reflexology, Cirencester



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