Foot Massage and Reflexology. What Is The Difference?

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I’m a Certified Reflexologist but people new to this beautiful therapy often ask me….

Both are readily available yet they are different techniques and people have very different experiences and outcomes. 🤗

  • Both are seated therapies
  • Both incorporate a common massage technique called effleurage
  • Both give you some space and 'time out'

So what is the difference between a Foot Massage and Reflexology? 👇🏼

Have you been confused, may be wondering about your past treatment experiences and what they actually were? You are not alone. 🤔

A foot massage is often incorporated into pedicure or as an added bonus to a body massage. It consists of sweeping strokes up and down the length of the foot. You may also receive some pulling and rotating of the toes, which is done to increase overall flexibility of the feet and stimulate the blood supply. Your therapist will work in this overall way for a few minutes and may use a cream to help soften the skin on the feet.

Foot massage is good if you want a quick, simple treatment and it feels nice and soothing. 🙍🏻

Reflexology on the feet is a specialised, distinct therapy, where gentle pressure is applied to all areas of the feet. The therapist uses their thumbs, fingers and even hot stones to stimulate defined points known as reflexes. It is a holistic therapy, meaning Reflexology treats the client and their physical, mental and emotional body as a whole. Each reflex point is connected to an area of the body, similar to Acupressure or Acupuncture theory, and stimulating these will release toxins, clear energy blockages and give balance all of the body systems. A gentle aromatherapy balm is often used on the feet and clients can feel an improvement in their overall wellbeing, after just one session. 👣⚖️

Reflexology is great if you want a deep, relaxing and meditative experience and you are looking to be more focused on achieving better health and wellness overall. It works well on it’s own yet is the perfect complement to conventional medicine. There are so many ways that the technique can be done. 😴

All certified therapists should take you through a detailed health and lifestyle assessment before any treatment takes place. A Reflexologist will want to understand your health history so that they can give you a bespoke treatment aligned with your current desires while being mindful of any past health issues which may also need some support.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the best options for your health and wellbeing, comment below ‘YES PLEASE' and I will be more than happy to connect with and help you.

Sam 💖

My interview on the Small & Mighty Podcast

This week I was invited to record an episode of the Small & Mighty podcast with Sam Burgess of Social Mouth.

My participation was suggested by my lovely friend Annabel Bird from luxury online retailer, Bleak House.

Sam's podcast series is about small business owners and women entrepreneurs, how they use social media to grow their business and meet like-minded souls, and lots of other fascinating insights on their business journey.

In my episode, I talk about how I became a Reflexologist and recently my move to Sydney, Australia. Sam and I discuss the value of using video with Facebook and why getting yourself a Mentor is a really great idea for personal and business development and for getting out of your own way.

So please take half an hour to put your feet up with a cup of tea and have a listen.

There are a few 'ummm's' so I apologise in advance, but really just hang in there until the end as there is a Tip for the super-stressed and busy.  It's the most important thing to get right if you want to ensure you have enough energy and motivation every day.

I'd love to know what you think, especially if your name is Sam too!

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p.s. make sure and have a listen to the previous 5 podcasts too, there are some golden nuggets of advice to take forward into your life.

How to recover from a week of 'overload'

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Last week consisted of a few impromptu meetings, invites to events and catching up with friends between treating clients. It was also the week where I proudly launched my 90 Day Reflex Therapy and Transformation Program, and publicising this took a back seat so, excited as I was about it, I have now got some work to do in sharing this with you in the coming days. 

If you want to know more about how this can support you right away, drop me a line, below.

I really like to accept as many social invitations as possible but like buses, they always seem to come along together!  Connecting over a glass or two of wine and a great meal, to share thoughts and laughter is so good for the soul. 

However, on Sunday, I felt tired, jaded and a little emotional, and I was reminded how important self care is to a positive mindset and being able to function optimally.

I realised a long time ago, that in order to get my mind and body back into balance and harmony, the secret sauce is in planning regular and ongoing wellness rituals, so that when life throws me a curve ball, it doesn't take weeks to get back on track or worse still, send my health backwards!

Here are three, regular things I strongly believe in and I do for my own well being (and sanity) and I thought you may find some of them useful too.

1. Diarise and action a regular Reflexology treatment: There are so many instances in life when our health can be compromised... physically, mentally and emotionally.  We can't tell in advance what things will occur to overwhelm us and we may have weeks where everything goes smoothly. 

Prevention, however, is far better than cure and when I receive a treatment for myself, I'm always surprised just how much I needed it, even when I think I don't.

2. Diarise 1 hour a week for 'me-time': Or better still; 1 hour a day. I used to think that this was selfish and indulgent, that I didn't have time to just drop everything and sort myself out.  It was a challenge at first because of the demands of family and work, or household tasks. However, 'you cannot serve others from a depleted cup' and if you are going to be your best mentally, physically and emotionally and be well enough to show up for others, YOU have to come first.

Force yourself to stop and listen to your body. Ideally pick a solo pursuit so you get the opportunity to connect with your inner self, with no distractions. Meditate, read a book, go to bed early, go for a walk, listen to your favourite playlist, bake a cake, draw and doodle, bathe in a hot bath with essential oils, journal, learn a new skill... just a few ideas.

3. Plan weekly meals: In my view, this is the only way you can make sure that you get the right nutrition and you are not caught short when you are running late or have nothing left in the fridge at the end of the week but are starving hungry.  Create a meal diary, keeping the menu simple yet tasty, shop, pre-prep as many ingredients as you can (go organic as much as you can), share the effort.

There's no surprises and less excuses.  A great solution if you are time poor and lacking inspiration, is to subscribe to Hello Fresh or Marley Spoon, who will both deliver your ingredients and a recipe card every week.

Do you have any other tips you can share?  I'd love to hear them.

When you need a solution...

A fist pump, courtesy of Taylor Swift... this completely sums up the feeling of pride and satisfaction I get when I call a client the day after a treatment and they tell me their pain and swelling has disappeared.

I love helping people feel better.