Now who doesn’t love a good foot rub. Even better that happy feet, its said that there are health and wellbeing benefits if its done as holistic therapy. The Tiger Tales interviews local Reflexology, Yvonne Owen, to explain more.
TTT: Tell us a bit about yourself. What lead you having your first reflexology treatment?
YV: Before I trained as a reflexologist I worked for the BBC making Childrens TV. I spent 20 happy years in Shepherds Bush before the transfer of my department to Manchester resulted in impending redundancy. I saw this as an opportunity to re-evaluate what I wanted to do with my life. I’d had reflexology before and was fascinated how the therapist was able to improve my wellbeing just by touching my feet. I decided to retrain and embarked on a one year Diploma course and qualified in 2008.
TTT: Explain, what is reflexology and how does it work?
YV: Reflexology is a holistic therapy – simply put, that means I see you as a person, not a condition. I work with my clients to help improve their wellbeing and provide relaxation and this often leads to them feeling a lot better physically and mentally. It is based on the principle that the body is represented on the feet by a map of points and zones. Gentle pressure applied to the feet may stimulate a response in the corresponding part of the body. I treat clients with a wide range of health issues and also specialise in the areas of maternity and anxiety/stress relief.
TTT: What are the benefits of postal natal reflexology?
YV: I treat women at all stages in the maternity journey – from pre-conception, during pregnancy and post natally. Your body goes through so many changes during
pregnancy and sometimes it is difficult to cope with all those changes. Hormones fluctuate, we feel tired and stress levels can rise. The birth itself can also provide many different challenges. The post natal period is usually defined as the six weeks following birth. In this time the new mum can really feel exhausted and overwhelmed whilst others are feeling the after effects of the birthing process. It’s so important to see clients in this time, to offer support, to listen and to try and help with whatever symptoms they may be experiencing.
TTT: Can reflexology help with postal natal depression? If so how?
YV: My job is to help these clients in whatever way I can. Each treatment is tailored to the clients specific needs on the day. I provide a safe space for clients to relax and to talk if they want to. Often these women feel that they are the only people who feel like this, when in fact more than 1 in 10 women are affected.
TTT: What should prospective clients look for when searching for a qualified reflexologist?
YV: I am a member of the Association of Reflexologists (A.O.R.), and I recommend looking for reflexologists who are members. It means you will get a therapist who is qualified and insured, who is dedicated to continuing their professional training and is bound by the regulations of the Association. Find out what training they have done, particularly if they are specialising in a particular kind of reflexology eg maternity. Ask them how much of their work is reflexology if they are a multi-discipline therapist. Many reflexologists have a website and that’s always a useful tool to help you see if that person is the right therapist for you. If you go to the A.O.R.’s website www.aor.org.uk there is a Find a Therapist postcode search tool.
TTT: What’s one common piece of advice that you give to clients to help them take care of their wellbeing?
YV: Think of your body like a bank – we are constantly withdrawing from the Bank of The Body. Life is so busy these days and so much is demanded of us, our bodies’
resources become depleted. You need to put something back into the bank to redress the balance otherwise one day the machine will eat your bank card! Find the things in your life that help to relax or re-energise you. Then protect them and prioritise them. It’s all about finding the right balance.
TTT: What are the various services you offer and how can prospective clients contact you?
YV: I see clients at my home in Stoneleigh near Epsom and I also offer a home visit service to a wide area. I also work with corporate clients providing a service onsite to their employees. I offer Reflexology, Thai Foot Massage and Chair Massage and my clients have included Cath Kidston, Allianz Insurance and Pet Plan.