Reflexology vs acupuncture

Reflexology acupressure points shown on the bottom of feet

Many people have heard of acupuncture. But, they’re still asking what’s the difference between reflexology vs acupuncture? Both modalities have their origins in traditional Chinese medicine and although both are similar in the sense they alternative therapies, or as we like to refer to them, complementary therapies. Both modalities balance your entire body (holistic) through […]

Be happy

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Martin Seligman did a great talk on how to be happy. He has spent literally years researching happiness in full on clinical trials, concluding in his results that we have a great reason to be optimistic about life. Spoiler alert: The state of psychology today may not be good enough yet, but we can improve […]

How to improve your immune system

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With the Coronavirus forcing us to wonder whether we should even step foot outside the door, we’re all thinking about the key factors in how to improve your immune system. And decrease our chance of getting sick. Regardless of whether we have any of the cough, fever and breathlessness symptoms, we figured it was time […]

Reflexology and back pain.

Real life results supported by accredited research. When I tell people that as a reflexologist, I have experience in using reflexology to reduce back pain, they think I’ve lost the plot. But, it’s true. I have clients come to me who are unable to move because they’re in so much low back pain. And these […]

What is reiki?

We’re going to try and answer the often asked question, ‘what is reiki?’ here in a way that doesn’t sound like total codswallop. So, bear with us because to some people reiki is mysterious, foreign or just plain made up, and we’re here to try and explain why we’re of a different opinion. So, for […]

Understanding grief

The role of a therapist is to build a relationship with the other person so they can gain an understanding of grief for that person and find healthy ways for them to express their grief. Grief is invisible and people will be told that they look well, but underneath the person will feel let down […]

The phases of grief

Before we get into the phases of grief, it’s important to understand, what is a bereavement? Bereavement can be defined as the loss of someone close to you, or the loss of a loved one, and grief experienced is the response to that loss. So in this context grief and loss is a process which […]

The role of counselling psychology in healing grief

It’s important to understand that many people who are bereaved will heal on their own without the intervention of medical measures or even counselling psychology. Grief is a normal phenomenon as a response to loss. When the loss is of a loved one, we call this a bereavement. Under normal circumstances, the best course of […]

Effects of stress on health

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Imagine sitting in traffic and you’re late for an important meeting, or for picking the kids up from school. How stressed does that make you feel? These are the effects of stress on health. The fact that it makes you feel anything means that stress has an emotional effect on your health. Anything which affects […]

How to increase the odds of getting pregnant

Want to know how to increase the odds of getting pregnant? I watch women every day of the week who are spending thousands, literally thousands of pounds at a time on IVF and other similar treatments to improve their fertility and thus chances of a successful conception. And I’ve helped these ladies. Not just with […]

Ovulation calculator

Ovulation calculator Firstly, though, some background, what is conception? Fertilisation is the meeting of the egg from the female and the sperm from the male to produce an embryo.  Conception is the implantation of that embryo.  This is how couples can be fertile, but still struggling to conceive. Ovulation calculator Throughout the female cycle which […]

Getting pregnant

Getting pregnant When a man’s sperm meets the woman’s egg you’re in the process of getting pregnant.  However, this sperm has to actually fertilise the egg for a successful pregnancy which it does by breaking through the membrane of the egg.  To do this, the sperm and egg need to meet at the right time […]

Tips for getting pregnant

Tips for getting pregnant Our clients often ask us for some tips for getting pregnant.  This is easy as there are so many.  The problem is, choosing the right ones for you.   As there are so many tips for getting pregnant, its nigh on impossible to live a stress free life if you’re implementing […]

Reflexology for MS

Other long term conditions When it comes to the support and management of patients with other long term conditions there have been studies on reflexology for MS (Multiple Sclerosis), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Dementia. The studies in Reflexology for MS[1] show reflexology resulted in an improvement of various symptoms of MS to a statistically significant […]

Reflexology for pain

Reflexology for Pain When reviewing the pain in cancer arena, there have been several studies that suggest that there is a place for reflexology in the care pathway. A study by Stephenson in the USA[1] in the difficult to treat group of metastatic cancer showed an ‘immediate positive effect of reflexology for patients with metastatic cancer who […]

Reflexology for cancer patients — evidence based research

Reflexology for Cancer Patients In the field of Reflexology for cancer patients and cancer care,  in 2009 62% of cancer units in the UK provided reflexology and it was second only to counselling[1]. This vulnerable and very unwell group have nothing but good things to say about reflexology, with the only complaint being lack of […]

Reflexology science based medicine

Reflexology Science Based Medicine (EBM) Whenever reflexology is mentioned within a clinical setting the question that always arises is where’s the evidence? If only large randomised trials are used to make science based medicine decisions then it is absolutely accepted that reflexology does not have that level of evidence. But the original Sackett definition of […]

Reflexology Q&A — Certified Reflexologist near me

Karen, your MAR reflexologist at Essential Feeling, Romford answers your reflexology based questions so you can find a Certified Reflexologist near me. If you’re looking for a Certified Reflexologist near me but you’re not sure where to start, then here are a list of the common questions answered. That way you can be sure that […]

Reflexology — how it works

What is Reflexology? Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary health therapy that can be effective in promoting deep relaxation and wellbeing; by reducing stress in people’s lives can be key in optimising good health and building resilience. It is a touch therapy that is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, […]

Reflexology aids cancer patients

Reflexology in the management of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: A pilot randomized controlled trial Author links open overlay panel Seda Kurta Gul Beyaz Canb Highlights • Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) can limit a patient’s quality of life functions. • Reflexology increases the level of the quality of life functions related to CIPN. • Reflexology can be […]

Office chair based massage such as Indian head massage, keeps costs low & spirits high

Indian head massage near me helps workers & their employers If you’re thinking how? And you’re not sure whether to bother searching further for Indian head massage near me, then read on. With the economy struggling, and public outrage at a peak over lavish corporate expenditures, some companies are still treating their employees well. They’re […]

Indian head massage improves productivity

With the economy struggling, and public outrage at a peak over lavish corporate expenditures, some companies are still treating their employees well. They’re doing it cheaply, right from the office by hiring massage therapists to come to their businesses and provide employees with Indian head massage at or near their desks. ”The massages we provide on site […]

Reflexology aids fertility — reflexology for fertility near me

Looking for reflexology for fertility near me but need some help deciding? Check out this case study After three years of trying for a second child, Kath and Murray Chapman had almost given up hope. Doctors had told them Mrs Chapman had a hormone problem which meant fertility treatment would be a waste of time. […]

Reflexology helps fertility

Background The client was 26 years old, had 2 children & wanted another baby.  She was slightly underweight had little energy, did not drink alcohol & was trying to stop smoking. The client presented with a menstrual cycle of 19 days, having not ovulated for 4 months.  She was anaemic due to menorrhagia & dysmenorrhoea, […]

Massage near me

It’s difficult finding a massage near me. You’re never sure who is professionally approved or on the other side of the equation, who offers massage along with a whole lot more! Well, look no further. Charlton offers professional massage. He’s ITEC qualified, licenced massage therapist who has specialised his services in healing muscular bodywork since […]

Best reflexology near me

If you’re looking for the best reflexology near me and you’re based in Essex then you should consider Karen Botha, a highly rated reflexologist who runs the Essential Feeling studio in Gidea Park, near Romford with her husband who is a massage therapist. The husband and wife holistic therapy team enjoy a great track record […]

If you’re dealing with hot flashes treat hot flushes with complementary therapies

If you’re dealing with hot flashes it can be uncomfortable, not to say inconvenient. Below is some research to show how complementary therapies such as reflexology can help to improve the side effects of this hormonal imbalance and thus improve the quality of your life. Dr. Emad Tukmachi MBChB recently published a research paper to […]

Easy strength training exercise may help treat

Easy strength training exercise may help treat tennis elbow, study shows KEYSTONE, USA – People with pain in the elbow or forearm from playing sports or just from common everyday activities, might be able to use a simple bar and strengthening exercise to alleviate pain, say researchers. Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a common condition affecting nearly three […]