Reflexology: A natural detox ?

January 2020!, and it seems a time where much emphasis is on detoxifying our bodies. If you overindulged during the festive period – made resolutions for a new healthy you – though that hasn’t quite materialised like you’d thought then here’s why a reflexology treatment may help get you back on track.

The 2 main organs particularly important for detoxification are the liver and kidneys. (Followed by the lungs, skin and digestive tract).
Within reflexology, tapping into the lymphatic system has aim to significantly improve circulation which may promote detoxification as well as weight loss.
Read more about reflexology and weight loss here

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Poor lymph circulation may cause unwanted water retention due to the lymph flow “bottling up” which results in a bloated or swollen appearance.
By stimulating the lymphatic system through reflexology techniques, harmful toxins may be flushed from the body as well as aiding the recovery of any tired or sluggish feelings.

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After a “detox specific treatment” clients have claimed to feel rejuvenated and cleansed as well as finding a greater sense of clarity and well being.
Therefore reflexology may be an excellent way to cleanse your system naturally whilst afterwards of course drinking lots of water!

 

Fiona Cowie
Clinical Reflexologist in Edinburgh

Baby reflexology

I’ve often been asked by my ‘mum’ friends whether reflexology could benefit their baby and have enjoyed sharing tips to mums on how with use of reflexology common symptoms that many babies experience can be relieved. Through providing your baby with some gentle reflexology to the feet and toes teething, colic, constipation, colds and respiratory conditions may be alleviated.
Whether your baby, in fact, experiences none or many of these conditions, they will most definitely benefit from the comforting touch reflexology can bring as was evident when my friend Claire brought her little boy Flynn for a treatment.

baby foot massage and reflexology in edinburgh by fiona cowie

Clutching Peter Rabbit for support, Flynn looked a little anxious on arrival and more so when I removed his socks. The treatment began (and in Claire’s words) he was completely mesmerised by what I was doing to his little toes and feet. Claire had come to the session prepared with his favourite rice cakes at hand, fully expecting (as he now crawls) to have had enough after 5minutes or even worse scream and cry.
Rice cakes were saved as Flynn sat for a full half hour just watching. A particular pleasing point for a baby is the solar plexus. See pic below :

fiona cowie reflexologist in edinburgh. Foot massage and reflexology for babies

When I connected with Flynn’s solar plexus, I could tell he instantly felt it as his eyes appeared to say “what did you just do”
The solar plexus is a wonderful reflex (and also my personal favourite). In babies, it may promote calm and reassurance therefore ideal to ease crying and upset babies. Once located this is something that all mums can use to connect, calm and reassure their baby.
If you have found this article interesting I would like to offer mums to BYOB (of course baby)! to Santosa and learn for yourself these specific techniques to then apply at home or whenever your baby requires.

reflexology and foot massage for babies in edinburgh . By fiona cowie clinical reflexologist
Each session will be a small group of 4 mums and babies in order to spend sufficient time with each on an individual basis.
The session will last for 1 1/4 hrs at a cost of £15. Dates and times are flexible. For further information and to book your slot please contact me here,  by phone 07854786513 or by mail fionacowiereflexology@gmail.com
you can also read Claire’s blog here: Style Travel Loves

I look forward to meeting you!

Ps: All Dads Welcome! I’m aware I’ve referred to mums throughout this article, this is purely because I’ve only ever been asked by mums so would be fantastic to see some Dads too!

Fiona Cowie
Clinical Reflexologist in Edinburgh

Reflexology and weight loss

reflexology treatment for weigh loss

While maintaining a moderate nutritionally fuelled diet and incorporating physical activity is key to weight loss, did you also know that reflexology treatments may help the process.
Often those who have the desire or medical need to loose weight struggle with the initial changes in lifestyle, often lacking energy, feeling lethargic or sometimes even depressed. For an initial “kick start” to weight loss, reflexology may help address this by helping you feel energised, balanced and focused from the onset.
Making lifestyle changes can be stressful as often we struggle against unhealthy learned behaviours. Many people overeat when they are stressed, therefore by removing some of the anxiety and regulating hormones lessens the physical urge to eat.

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Working on the endocrine glands, reflexology balances your hormones and helps calm the body’s reactions to stress.
Pressure points on your feet may be used to trigger a variety of responses within the body that may be conducive to weight loss. For example:

  • Spleen reflex: stimulation of this reflex may reduce hunger pangs.
  • Stomach and pancreas reflexes: allow the body to absorb more nutrients therefore although eating less food, maximum nutritional value is retrieved.
  • Endocrine gland reflexes: (thyroid, pituitary, adrenals)
    Balanced secretion of hormones results in less stress in the body, allowing for a healthy eating plan easier to maintain and follow.
  • Gallbladder reflex: storing bile the gallbladder continually secretes digestive fluid. Bile emulsifies fats of partially digested food thus leading to weight loss.

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And so, to supplement your new weight loss programme, reflexology treatments may be a pleasurable option to assist and help you achieve and succeed in meeting your desired goal!

Fiona Cowie
Clinical Reflexologist in Edinburgh

 

What is Reflexology? My article on Santosa Blog.

My recent article on the new blog of Santosa explains what reflexology is ? How it works ? and benefits it may have to our well-being.

Read more on Santosa Blog 

Fiona Cowie
Clinical Reflexologist in Edinburgh

World Reflexology Week – 3 Day PROMOTION!

Beginning Monday this week it has been “world reflexology week” which has aim to promote reflexology and increase worldwide public awareness and global awareness begins at local level!!
Therefore, I would like to offer you to book a reflexology treatment between now and the 24th for yourself (of course) and/or partner, friend, mother, relative, son or daughter at a cost of £25 each (normally £40) for a full hour’s session.

I look forward to meeting you! 🌸
ps treatments to be taken by 30/11/17

 

Fiona Cowie

Clinical Reflexologist in Edinburgh
S.N.H.S. Dip (Nutrition)
S.N.H.S. Dip (Herbalism)

Solar plexus – “the abdominal brain”

If I could choose a favourite reflex to ‘work’ then it would be the solar plexus and so to honour this powerful reflex I would like to dedicate this short article to this reflex point and explain why I feel it is so special.
Located in the upper part of the abdominal cavity, the solar plexus is a complex network of nerves. It is a personal power centre and is the largest autonomic nerve centre in the abdominal cavity. This great network of nerves branch out to all parts of the abdomen and controls many vital functions such as adrenal secretion and intestinal contraction. Due to this function the solar plexus is highly affected by stress and because of this sensitivity is often referred to as the ‘abdominal brain’.
By working on this reflex, stress, anxiety and nervousness may be alleviated and a sense of calm restored.

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At the beginning, middle and end of all my reflexology treatments, I ‘work’ the solar plexus reflexes for several minutes then release, occasionally with very little pressure.. just contact alone. I feel the connection and clients do too.
The intention of this is to promote optimum emotional wellbeing and allow the body to become more efficient in releasing any negative emotions, whether it be anger, resistance, sadness, fear and so forth..

Fiona Cowie reflexology Edinburgh

For me the solar plexus is one of the most important reflexes, not only a powerful point for deep relaxation and stress relief but also capable of balancing the body in its entirety. Once again explaining how beautifully reflexology may help support mind, body and soul.

Fiona Cowie

Clinical Reflexologist in Edinburgh
S.N.H.S. Dip (Nutrition)
S.N.H.S. Dip (Herbalism)

Reflexology Taster Sessions – Friday 8th September at Santosa in Edinburgh

For Stress Buster Friday this week at Santosa, I will be providing Reflexology Taster Sessions at an Introductory cost of £10!!


This is a great opportunity for you to experience reflexology and whether it’s the therapy for you. The sessions will consist of a brief consultation followed by a full 20minutes of treatment. Emphasis will be to create a deep sense of wellbeing and relaxation to start the weekend, however if you have a particular ailment you’d like me to focus on then the associated reflexes can also be incorporated. Examples of this are digestive or emotional imbalances, backache, headaches, migraines and so on……………….. If you’ve any questions around this then please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
To book a slot on Friday (8th) contact Santosa directly on +44 (0)131 555 6255

I look forward to meeting you!

Informations:
SANTOSA
21 Albert Street, EH7 5LH Édimbourg
Santosa Website

Mini Reflexology for Sleep Issues

Did you know that providing yourself with a mini self reflexology session before bed may be a calming, soothing and effective way for you to naturally drift into sleep.
To begin massage your feet with a favourite oil (such as sleep inducing lavender). Massage both feet intuitively (you will know where your feet need the attention) whilst also reconnecting with your often forgotten feet and toes.
Once your feet feel more relaxed and you’ve flittered away the stresses of the day (as much as possible)! Connect with these 4 reflexology points that are commonly used by therapists to help with insomnia.

Reflexology for sleep issues

Reflexology for sleep issues

Brain – (big toe, reverse from nail) gently use your thumb in a caterpillar motion over this entire area to help still the mind and promote a sense of clarity

Neck – (base of big toe) our neck is often where we store tension therefore locate this area to release any tightness

Solar Plexus – (under the ball of foot in centre) pressing directly in this area for 30 seconds, release and repeat. Being our emotional centre, this movement may create an overwhelming sense of relaxation and peace.

Pineal gland – (outer side of big toe) controls our circadian rhythm or in other words our sleep cycle.

If you would like to read more on how reflexology may help when you have difficulty falling asleep the link below may also be of interest.
Sleep well!

Reflexology for sleep issues

Read More: What could be better than a deep, slumbersome and peaceful night’s sleep?

 

Fiona Cowie

Clinical Reflexologist in Edinburgh
S.N.H.S. Dip (Nutrition)
S.N.H.S. Dip (Herbalism)

reflexology for sleep issues

The Edinburgh Fringe time to breathe and relax

Today starts The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (often referred to simply as The Fringe) and described as the most dynamic platform on earth for creative freedom. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of “The fringe” the largest performing arts festival in the world.

In 1947 various groups arrived in Edinburgh with hope to perform at the International festival though were refused entry. Not letting this discourage them they went ahead and performed anyway on “the fringe” of the festival and thus the Edinburgh fringe was born.
Today thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all throughout the city to entertain in a diverse range of genres, from world renowned classics to unknown artists hoping to build their career. There is truly something for all tastes. Audiences can enjoy theatre, comedy, dance, cabaret, musicals, opera, children’s shows, exhibitions and events.

As visitors arrive from across the globe to share their passion for Culture and the Arts, the population of Edinburgh can almost double. This wonderful array of culture, colour and diversity can bring for both visitors and those who live and work in the capital an increased need to relax and de-stress from the day. Therefore whether you’ve walked around the city from show to show or having fought your way home from the office, I would like to offer a promotion on any reflexology treatment for the month of August at a cost of 35 GBP (40 Euros) in celebration of this wonderful explosion of culture and creativity which could only ever be The Edinburgh Fringe!!

 

Fiona Cowie Reflexology
Clinical Reflexologist in Edinburgh
Monday to Friday from 4 Pm to 8 Pm- Saturday and Sunday 10 Am to 5 Pm
To make an appointment call: +44 (0) 7854786513

Could reflexology relieve your migraine ?

Migraines can be described as extreme headaches, even killer headaches by some, and along with the stabbing pain of a migraine comes often other negative side effects such as nausea or blurred vision. Within society today, migraines are perhaps one of the most prominent and common health concerns in adults as those who experience them can be prevented from doing the most basic day to day activities.

Within traditional Chinese medicine the cause of migraines and headaches can be explained through the flow of Qi. Qi is a word used to describe our internal life force. Similar to how our bodies have a circulation system for blood, we also have meridians (or pathways) throughout our bodies for energy to flow. Asian culture believes that when energy is not flowing as it ought, it will eventually show up as a physical symptom or symptoms within the body. With regards to headaches and migraines this concept can further be explained by too much (fast flowing) Qi in the head area creating an intense pounding or throbbing pain and with too little energy (slow flowing) causing those kinds of headaches that tend to be dull and achy in feel.

reflexology and migraine

There are many underlying reasons and factors why someone’s Qi can be put out of balance. These may include an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, anxiety and stress and so on….. These factors may then induce tension throughout the body resulting in additional negative effects such as blocked sinuses, stomach disorders, emotional imbalances….

Environmental factors may also effect the energy flow in your body. External climatic factors such as excessive heat or cold, the change of a season and sensory elements such as bright lights, excessive noise and odours have been identified as contributing or causing headaches and migraines. In addition chocolate, alcoholic spirits, wine and cheeses are also commonly associated migraine “triggers”. Therefore a balanced healthy lifestyle without inclusion of too many of these triggers is often recommended.
Avoiding any or all of these triggers while regularly providing your mind and body with a sense of deep relaxation and well being is thought key to significantly reduce the occurrence of experiencing migraines.
A reflexology treatment may help to alleviate some or all of these symptoms, providing pain relief, inducing relaxation and wellbeing and restoring energy levels within the body.
Manipulating the reflex points on the feet may help relieve painful headache and migraine symptoms very quickly whilst also alleviating symptoms in the long term as the body is encouraged back to homeostasis.

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Within a reflexology treatment, emphasis will be to find energy imbalances and clear them in order to support and promote the body’s natural healing process. Therefore reflexology could be a natural alternative for the relief of headache and migraine pain.
A reflexology treatment may locate sensitivities to pressure throughout the intestines and digestive system as if these are sluggish, intoxication occurs which may then manifest itself as a migraine as may also an overloaded lymphatic system. Specific techniques used in reflexology aim to stimulate the blood flow and nervous circulation to the brain when treating migraines and headaches.
One of the principles of reflexology is to take into account the totality of the body, and treat the underlying