Hot Stone Reflexology – deep heat to soothe the soul and balance the body
Hot Stone Reflexology combines all the effectiveness of a standard reflexology treatment with the comforting warmth of hot basalt stones.
Based on the theory that different points on the feet represent different organs and systems of the body, in a treatment hot basalt stones are slowly applied to these zones and areas on the feet. This allows the heat to penetrate deeply into the reflex points and ease away any imbalances.
What does the heat do?
I use the heat to achieve three things:
- To activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This slows the heart and breathing down, allows the body to digest things properly, increases blood flow to waste eliminating organs, and increases the body’s immune function. You may even find that puffiness around the joints reduces, as the parasympathetic system also has links with your lymphatic system, responsible for removing excess fluid from the tissues.
- Heat encourages the muscles to relax and release any tension they are carrying
- Heat widens the blood vessels near the skin’s surface. This encourages good circulation which allows the skin to be better oxygenated, allowing for better skin quality. It also helps to transfer the heat more effectively throughout the body, helping you feel warmer.
How long is a Hot Stone Reflexology treatment?
Your wellbeing comes first in every treatment, and while the treatment itself usually takes about an hour and fifteen minutes, I tailor your experience to you.
Therefore, I allow up to an hour and forty-five minutes for your first appointment so you have space to tell me about your health and treatment aims, and to ask any questions.
All other appointments take between an hour and fifteen minutes and an hour and a half – again to allow you space if you need it to ask questions and discuss any changes in health, medication or treatment aims.
What should I expect after a treatment?
Most people find that on the whole, they come away feeling sleepy and relaxed. Some people find they need to visit the toilet a little more or feel a little tearful in the hours following a treatment, as the relaxation causes the body to release things it may have been holding in before. Rarely, some people may find their problem gets a little worse before getting better, or feel like a slight cold is coming on – however, this usually passes within 24 – 48 hours if you keep yourself well hydrated.
Will you achieve your treatment aim within a treatment? You never know – for some, I have seen dramatic improvement, and for others a much slower progression. The only way you can know is to try it!
How much does it cost?
Hot Stone Reflexology treatments cost £35 in my Victoria House practice and £40 in all other practices, wherever you choose to have them.
However, if you’re being treated at home, please ensure there is a power socket to hand that I can use during the treatment so my apparatus can keep your rocks warm.
Get the best value for money from your treatment
You can gain extra value for money through using my loyalty card scheme, or paying for a series of treatments up front.
Another way you can get the most out of your treatments is by letting me know you are interested in learning some self help techniques. These are simple standard reflexology techniques I can show you on your hands that you can apply in between treatments. Not everyone wants homework from their lovely, relaxing treatment and that’s ok – these techniques are only for those who’d like a bit more in between treatments to support my work in helping them achieve their treatment aims.