So I had a reflexology sesh the other day, and was so bowled over, I thought I’d share….
Ha Ha, is it just me? I wondered as I braced myself for the session. (With the cleanest feet you ever did see, swathed in Jo Malone body lotion. Damage limitation. or, embarrassment limitation at least, and no old stinky trainers either!)
I mean, I am even fairly new to pedicures, but this was taking it to a whole new level. I must admit I didn’t really know what to expect, but I knew my feet would be under scrutiny and that’s a part of me, that, frankly, is better tucked away in a nice pair of knee high suede boots! I quite like a novelty sock, too, you know, the cute animal socks that you end up slinging in the basket whilst queuing for the till in Primark, along with hair bands and random flavours of lip salve. . Anyway, I digress..
So, I arrived, and was taken in to a beautiful treatment room, by Emma, who is the loveliest, calmest, lady you could meet. I think if you’re doing treatments like this you need to be calm and reassuring, and I fell immediately under her spell and hopped up on to the treatment bed without a second thought.
Reflexology is an ancient therapy, that’s been practiced for over 5000 years, it works on the theory that different points on the feet, correspond with different areas of the body. And working on these points on the feet helps improve wellbeing. Reflexologists believe that wellbeing is much more than simply the absence of illness, it is all about an improved frame of mind and increased happiness, and decreased stress. Sounds perf to me.
We ran through lots of medical questions and I ended up literally telling her my life story, and I hoped that Emma would be able to filter out the nervous babbling, and get some useful info from it! When she could get a word in, she also asked if it was ok to try some Reiki.
Anyway, eventually I stopped babbling and Emma got to work. She worked in a set pattern around my feet, and explained what she was doing on the first foot, which was fascinating, I really had no idea how many points were corresponding to different parts of my body, and any feelings of embarrassment or weirdness evaporated as Emma was SO knowledgeable and reassuring.
When it came to the second foot, we fell silent and Emma was lost in her work, and I was struggling to stay awake, it was SOOOO relaxing. I had to concentrate really hard to stay awake as I was enjoying it so much I really didn’t want to miss a second of it!! I’ve dropped off during massages, before, and man it’s so annoying when you wake up and realise you missed it all! haha
At the end of the treatment (and by this time I was wishing I could stop time for another hour or so) Emma held her hands over my head. I didn’t see her do this, but I felt it, and I could feel a heat, too, and Emma explained she usually finishes her treatments with a spot of Reiki (which is another healing process I have never had before either, that works on the premise of channeling energy to restore physical and emotional wellbeing)
She also held her hands over my tummy, but I didn’t feel anything remarkable, and Emma said afterwards that she felt an invisible barrier there, and it was a barrier I had built myself over the last couple of years, and that made so much sense I (nearly) cried! what a big girl’s blouse!!
Anyway, the reason for this post, is just incase you have always fancied trying Reflexology or Reiki and never have. I felt like I was walking on air for the next few days, and I can’t explain this, but I also felt so calm and relaxed, too. I think the treatments were wonderful, and an hour and a half of ‘time out’, and being completely looked after is good for the soul, and we should all do stuff like this, sometimes.
I feel like Emma deserves a mention, now. Wherever you are reading this from, there’s bound to be a stack of complimentary therapists near by, but Emma is my girl and you can find her.