Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation that was little known in the West until recently. A typical meditation consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Focusing on each breath in this way allows you to observe your thoughts as they arise in your mind and, little by little, to let go of struggling with them. You come to realise that thoughts come and go of their own accord: that you are not your thoughts. You can watch as they appear in your mind, seemingly from thin air, and watch again as they disappear like a soap bubble, bursting, or a leaf floating away on water. You come to the profound understanding that thoughts and feelings (including negative ones) are transient. They come and they go and, ultimately, you have a choice about whether to act on them or not.
Mindfulness is about observation without criticism - being compassionate with yourself. When unhappiness or stress hover overhead rather than taking it all personally you learn to treat them as if they were black clouds in the sky and to observe them with friendly curiosity as they drift past. In essence, mindfulness allows you to catch negative thought patterns before they tip you into a downward spiral. It begins the process of putting you back in control of your life. Over time, mindfulness brings about long-term changes in mood and levels of happiness and well-being. Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness positively affects the brain patterns which are the root of our day-to-day anxiety, stress, anger, and irritability, so that when they arise they dissolve away again more easily.
What is Mindfulness Reflexology?
As can be guessed, Mindfulness Reflexology is a technique which combines certain principles of the CBT-based practice known as 'mindfulness' with reflexology. Simply, a method which can help you to become mindful, whilst simultaneously reaping the well-being benefits of reflexology. The practice supports especially stress, anxiety and 'down' feelings (i.e. non-clinical depression: it must be stressed and cautioned that confirmed 'clinical depression' is a specialist mental health field which should be sought in all cases. If this is suspected during a visit I will gladly support your onward referral to such specialists).
During the first part of the session, you will listen to a guided meditation whilst I work on your feet. This meditation is focused on learning to relax and becoming a curious observer of yourself as opposed to finding fault in yourself. If you have any specific needs they will be identified at an initial consultation. After a few sessions a second, guided meditation could then be added to help further assist with any issue/s. (To list a few examples this could be that you are a constant 'worrier', lack 'motivation', feel 'negative', have low 'self esteem', or suffer with 'panic attacks'). A treatment plan is tailor made to suit your needs.
It should be said that meditation in not hypnosis, and you will always remain in control throughout. Also, meditation is not something that only spiritual people can do. It can be done while you are walking, sitting on your sofa, or even in the shower! You will learn how to meditate so you can continue this technique at home as a self help tool. It is a gentle way of clearing then focusing your mind more positively. Having short moments of stillness, in your day to day life can have a huge benefit on your mental well-being.
Reflexology can reduce the need for medication. It is advised though that it you are already taking anti-depressants, you should continue taking them as prescribed and continue to consult your doctor. Please be prepared to do some simple exercises as home, to further support the work we are doing.
What's a typical treatment plan look like?
8-10 treatments is recommended, depending on your needs. These are spaced out weekly (if possible) or 2 weekly. Following this, monthly maintenance treatments for 6 months. Many people choose to continue having Reflexology on a regular basis following this, as part of a healthy lifestyle choice, though that it completely up to you.
- Session 1 - Initial consultation – this includes a full reflexology 'exploratory' session and body balance. Session lasts approx 1 hour and 30-45 mins.
- Session 2 – Guided Mindfulness meditation and full Reflexology treatment. Lasts approx 1 hour 15 mins. (You will be given information, self help tools and exercises to use at home. Allow extra time for this).
- Session 3 – As per session 2.
- Session 4 – As per session 2, with another guided meditation towards the end of treatment. (Mid way review, allow extra time for this).
- Session 5 – As per session 4, with the guided meditation towards the end of treatment.
- Session 6 – As per session 4.
- Sessions 7 – Reflexology only, focusing more intensely on this.
- Sessions 8-10 – Reflexology only, focusing more intensely on this. (Review before starting monthly treatments, allow extra time for this).
- Monthly Sessions – Reflexology only, meditation as required.
Your investmentConsultation: £35, allow 1 hour 45 minutes.
Subsequent treatments: £30 each
Special offer: Pay upfront for 10 treatments and your 10th will be free.