Are there any contraindications to the use of the treatments you offer?
There are no contraindications to the use of Bowen or Reflexology although treatment is adjusted to suit a particular client and it is imperative that the client advises the practitioner of their full health history to enable those adjustments to be made. In terms of Thermo-auricular therapy, treatment should not take place at all if, for instance, the client has had a perforated ear drum for less than 12 months, or if they are running a temperature as it is inadvisable to add further heat in such a situation.
Does reflexology tickle?
Strangely although many people have ticklish feet, I have never known anyone who was unable to cope with reflexology partly no doubt because reflexology relaxes the recipient but also because we are trained to work on the feet with a firm pressure which is not at all ticklish. If you are worried about ticklish feet why not book a taster treatment to find out whether this is really an issue for you. Or, if you book a full treatment and find that reflexology is not for you we can always switch partway through the appointment to hand and/or auricular (ear) therapy instead.
Do I have to remove any clothing for the treatments?
Ear candling does not require the removal of any clothing (unless of course you are wearing a hat!). Reflexology requires the removal of shoes and any other foot covering e.g. socks or tights and, where long trousers are worn, a few inches will need to be folded up carefully at the bottom during the treatment. Bowen is generally carried out through light clothing, however occasionally it may be helpful to work directly on skin to improve the benefit to the client but this would never be done without full discussion and consent and modesty is maintained at all times! Children will not be treated without a parent present in the room.
Does reflexology hurt?
The pressure used in your reflexology treatment can be varied to suit your preference. If areas of your feet are sensitive we can discuss how you would prefer the treatment to be adjusted.
Does Bowen hurt?
Bowen is known as a gentle touch therapy where very small movements are made in very precise locations on the body during which the odd twinge may be felt if a muscle is particularly tight. It is possible for the client to have some discomfort in the days following treatment if the body needs to realign itself during this period but the treatment itself should never be painful..
Isn't reflexology just a type of foot massage?
Our training, although it incorporates some relaxation techniques and can be offered entirely as a relaxing treatment if wished, enables us to work on our clients in a way which may help greatly with a wide range of health conditions and may help rebalance the body so that the client is able to heal more quickly. A full medical history is taken at the outset of treatment and a treatment plan is drawn up which is specific to the client being treated. That plan may change as the body rebalances itself or as other issues come to the surface.
Do I have to have music during my treatment?
Music during treatment is entirely a matter of choice for the client. For some listening to music helps them relax more, for others music is a distraction. Please specify at the time of booking the appointment so that I can accomodate your treatment at an appropriate time – the clinic we are currently operating from sometimes has music playing for other treatments outside of our control.