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 do you define Happiness?

How do you define Happiness?

Have you ever spent time fixating on problems that involve you and your significant others, only for you to fall down a rabbit hole of despair and exasperation on how to make the situation better for yourself and everyone involved?

Well that's not uncommon.  We have all been there.

It is inspiring to witness my client's breakthroughs around releasing thoughts and emotions that do not contribute to their feeling happy and content.

Because, Happiness depends on letting go of controlling things that are beyond your control.

For example, the feelings of others, the future and the past and whether or not people like you.

Begin by asking yourself questions:

Who am I?
How do I want to feel?
How can I begin to feel this way, what is the plan?
How can I keep the momentum and set an example to others?

With some sound investment in personal development, you can really start to see the attachment to situations that do not serve you and by beginning to un-peel the back story, you can acknowledge first and gradually release the pain, the tension and the discomfort.

Find time to work on yourself, that's the only thing you can control and maintain.

When you do this, you will be a beacon of inspiration and hope to others. You'll be a beautiful example of happiness and health that will positively influence others.

The effect is highly attractive, magnetic.

That's how I help my clients feel happy and feel accomplished.

Click here to see how they've been able to benefit from a complete change in perspective and in their levels of happiness as a result

Charge up your Immune System with my Beetroot, Carrot and Citrus Juice

Beetroot, Carrot & Citrus Juice | samanthalennietherapy.com

Beetroot, Carrot & Citrus Juice | samanthalennietherapy.com

Ingredients (Serves 2)

4 large Carrots
2 fresh Beetroot
2 Jaffa Oranges
1 Lemon
Small piece of fresh Ginger

Scrub the carrots and beetroot and slice them into manageable pieces, depending on how capable your juicer is.  No need to top and tail. I always roughly take off the citrus peel before juicing though.

The citrus gives this juice a much needed 'acidic lift' from the earthiness of the beetroot.  Yum!

Try to buy organic whenever you can, to eliminate chemicals and pesticides that are absorbed into non-organic produce.

The plants in this juice carry a good source of:

  • Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C

  • Fibre

  • Magnesium

  • Calcium

  • Iron

  • Folic Acid

Taste rating 5/5

This is the juicer I currently use.

If you don't have a juicer you could make this by blending all the non-citrus ingredients together, then squeezing in the orange and lemon juice after.

 

Reflexology Points for Hormones & Stress

There are days when I just can't be bothered and feel out of sorts, and although there's nothing physically wrong with me, I'm aware that as a woman, it could probably be put down to hormonal surges that occur at certain times of the month.

These reflex points on the foot are some of my favourites and I think you might like them too.  Particularly effective for women as hormonal imbalances do annoyingly encroach our daily life at some time or another; puberty, childbirth, menopause... you get the idea!

So focusing on specific areas of the foot, spending just a few minutes each week to kick-start and maintain your body will re-balance any hormones and at the same time, alleviate stress and tension in the body.

Starting at the top of the foot; applying pressure with the thumb on the fleshy part of the underside of the toe (Pituitary Gland), then move the thumb across the bottom of the big toe (Thyroid), pressing down on the Adrenal Gland reflex in the centre/left of the foot to stabilise stress hormone secretions before moving down to hold the ovary and uterus reflexes, either side of the heel with the thumb and middle finger.

Doing these moves on my own feet alleviates the niggling feelings but by taking a few minutes out of the day, removing myself from everything that goes on around me just to focus on the activity itself is very nurturing and good for my mind and spirit.

Working these pressure points on the hands too, is just as effective.  Give them a whirl and let me know how it goes.

Book a session.

Reflexology, Fertility and Pregnancy

For some couples, the journey to becoming pregnant isn't as straightforward as they first believed. 

Often, when a woman contacts me to enquire about Reflexology and what it can do to help her conceive, she has arrived way down the line, and on advice, research or recommendation. 

Success stories offer hope and Reflexology a possible solution, particularly for women that have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility or with reproductive issues such as PCOS or Endometriosis that limit the window of opportunity for getting pregnant.

So how can Reflexology help fertility?  As an experienced fertility Reflexologist we would work together to encourage the body to operate in the way it should naturally behave.  Pinpointing specific locations on the feet and applying special techniques will help to balance hormones, particularly those glands that directly affect and trigger the working of the reproductive system - the Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Thyroid and of course the Ovaries and Uterus.

Furthermore, medical experts confirm that there is substantial evidence linking infertility and stress.  When trying to get pregnant, dealing with daily stresses; jobs and family life, combined with identifying the right time for ovulation and lovemaking, on top of coping with months of trying to fall pregnant, takes its toll on our systems.  An excess of stress triggers emotional and physical problems; and in reproductive terms, menstrual disorders for women and impotence in men.  Encouragingly, when a husband or partner is treated with Reflexology too, the chances of conception are undoubtedly boosted. 

When having regular Reflexology, couples report feeling more in control of the process of conception, their well being improves, they feel much better in themselves, more positive and able to cope with the challenges of conception and life in general.

It's a cliche, but as with all things in life, there are no guarantees of success. But I've met and treated many couples with the desire and a positive attitude to Reflexology and for many of them, combining regular treatments with improvements in health and lifestyle have given them the result they were hoping for.

It's very easy to feel overwhelmed with options to assist in becoming pregnant, there's not a one-size-fits-all solution.  Reflexology can be used as a complementary treatment to those wanting a natural way to conceive, but conversely, those women having fertility treatments such as Clomid or even IVF can benefit from the calm and relaxing, non invasive approach, Reflexology treatments will give, putting their body in the best possible condition health-wise, for potential conception.