There are more than 7000 nerve endings in our feet…
Reflexologists say each one of these nerve endings is connected to key organs and systems throughout the body.
A popular mode of therapy, reflexology uses gentle pressure on specific points along your feet (and possibly on your hands or ears as well) to help you feel better.
The theory is that this eases stress, and that helps your body work better. It’s also known as zone therapy.
The way reflexology connects spots on the outside of your body to the inside is a bit like acupuncture and acupressure. But those therapies use points all over your body, not just on your feet, hands, and ears. And while reflexologists do use their hands, it isn’t a form of massage.
During the pandemic, Irish reflexologists were allowed to operate in certain lockdown levels because it was seen as an essential service.
“People need human touch”, says Gail Anderson – expert reflexologist, therapist and Founder of the Business All-Star Accredited Dun A Ri Beauty & Holistic Therapies.
“We’re treating a lot of people who have been working from home – who are not set up properly in home offices or whose eating routines have been thrown out by remote working.”
We’re seeing a lot of people with pain in the neck, hips, shoulders and back from sitting down all day. Because of the way they’re bent over it’s actually affecting their whole digestive system as well so we see a lot of people presenting with pains in the stomach.
She added: “A lot of what we are helping people with can be traced back to drastic changes in routine brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic.”
Gail explains that reflexology is complementary to medical treatments. It can be done alongside traditional care, but it’s not an alternative to it, and reflexologists don’t diagnose or treat illnesses.
“Reflexology can be used to treat lots of different problems,” she told the All-Ireland Business Foundation, “from sinus congestion to neck and shoulder pain, digestive problems and headaches.”
“Mostly, people are just saying they’re coming in for relaxation, but then you’re working with them and you realise they’re stressed or their sinuses are completely blocked up.”
“And then they start to work through the treatment they’ll start to unravel and tell you what’s actually going on. Some people it’s just they’re so there’s so much emotion in there that they haven’t been able to get out because of COVID or just from that and not talking to people.”
“Sometimes people come in and you know, they mightn’t have talked to anybody all day because they’ve left their kids at school and then they’re sitting at a laptop all day. These people are used to being in a busy office space so there is definitely a lot of stress and anxiety around that.”
Gail has been recognised by the All-Ireland Business Foundation as a Master Practitioner in Holistic & Beauty Therapy in recognition of her contribution to quality and standards in the field.
Reacting to the announcement she said, “ I display my Business All-Star Accreditations all over social media. I have found that it gives people a sense of confidence in the business.”
“They can see that the business has gone through a rigorous accreditation process and because of that they know that they can trust our service.”
To mark her accreditation Gail offered five essential wellbeing tips for people of all ages.
Allow seven hours for yourself a week
Take seven hours a week for non-work or family-related activity. Go for treatment, go and meet your friends, go for a run – whatever.
It can be one whole day or an hour each day to yourself but it’s so important to allocate that time to yourself.
Healthy body, healthy mind.
We need to do at least 20 to 30 minutes of exercise two to three times a week to get fresh air into your brain and keep you motivated, healthy and happy.
Get quality sleep
Sleep is so important for your mental, emotional and physical health.
Make sure you’re actually switching off. Try not to go near phones, computers or laptops, for two hours before you go to bed.
Eat regular meals
Eat three meals a day – and try to eat food non-processed, natural food that will nourish your body.
A healthy diet has huge knock-on effects on mental health and general wellbeing.
Rest your body
If you’re sitting at a computer or a home office, get up and walk around at least once an hour for five to 10 minutes.
Do this to give your eyes a break from the screen and your body a chance to stretch and avoid becoming sore.
Make sure your desk and seat are at the right height and that you are sitting with good posture while working.
The All-Ireland Business Foundation would like to thank Gail for sharing her tips and insights with our readers.
To experience Dun A Ri’s All-Star service for yourself, visit their website at www.dunariholistic.ie today and book an appointment.
And to learn more about Dun A Ri Holistic and Beauty Therapies, visit their All-Star showcase page here.