Exploring Holistic Treatments: Reflexology

Blog by Helen Kitcher 

The most common thing that people say to me when I tell them that I have trained as a Reflexologist is, ‘Isn’t touching someone’s feet a bit gross?’  I always have the same answer: as a Reflexologist I do not see feet; I see a connection portal that I can work with to help that person and to support them with whatever they are going through at that point in time.

I first had reflexology when I was trying to conceive. My brother recommended it to me as he had heard from some of his friends that it had really helped them, so I wanted to try it. I was recommended to a lovely local Reflexologist and began seeing her regularly. The first time I visited I was quite skeptical about it. I wasn’t sure how someone massaging points on my feet was going to help me with how I was feeling and my journey to conceive, but I was proved wrong. I will never forget the feeling I had when I came out of my first session; it was like I was walking on air. I felt lighter, I felt clearer, and I had the best night’s sleep I had had in a long time. After that first treatment I knew that reflexology was going to be a part of my life.

During the pandemic, like a lot of people, I assessed my place in the world, my career choices, where I wanted to be and what I wanted to be doing. Coming from a twenty-year career in Human Resources working in large financial service organisations, it was quite daunting trying to think what else I could do. One afternoon I researched what it entailed to train as a Reflexologist, and from that point my journey began – I finally felt like I was where I was meant to be.

One of the main reasons that I wanted to train as a Reflexologist is to try and help as many people as a I possibly can. I want to give something back to people who need support -maybe during a particularly tough time in their lives, to help ease symptom patterns of a chronic illness, or to give someone an hour to switch off completely and not worry about anything or anyone and just concentrate on themselves. The benefits of reflexology are endless; the treatment can help relieve stress and tension, it can bring a state of deep relaxation and calmness, it can help improve sleep patterns and improve circulation. The treatment can also assist with the balancing of hormones which can be particularly challenging for women who are trying to conceive, women who may be pregnant, women who are going through the menopause, or for anyone going through any type of hormone therapy. Whilst reflexology cannot heal or diagnose, it can support and help to change symptom patterns and help the body start its own healing process.

I am, and will always be, a huge advocate of reflexology, I think everyone should try it at least once. It may not be for everyone, but I think for some it could change their lives for the better.

If you would like to hear more or learn more about reflexology, please visit Helen’s website: www.hkreflexology.com or reach out to Helen directly at: helen@hkreflexology.com  

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