Sophie and I’m a reflexologist.
had the pleasure of meeting these wonderful and courageous ladies a little over
two years ago, while their loved ones were at the
Neuro-Disability in Putney. This was my
first experience of working with patients with brain injury and it has been a
profoundly humbling and moving experience.
It has certainly made me realise what a thin thread our lives hang
So....here is a little information about what this complementary
therapy is all about, what it can do and what it has done for Anne’s son Peter
and Sue’s husband Charles.
is a deeply relaxing treatment, which helps to restore a balance between mind
and body, reducing tension thus promoting a feeling of wellbeing. It works on the basis that all the organs and
bodily systems are mirrored on reflex points on the feet/hands. A treatment, which is a form of pressure
massage, stimulates the reflex points which rebalances them, encouraging the
body to tap into its own self-healing ability and helping to guide it to optimum
As a result,
blood circulation to the nerves and organs is increased, the immune system is
boosted and the body becomes more efficient at eliminating toxins.
How can it
help if you have sustained brain damage?
patients with little or no mobility, it is vital to ensure that three key
systems – circulatory, eliminatory and immune – are all stimulated to encourage
them to work as effectively as they can.
Whilst the whole body is treated at every session, I have always paid
particular attention to these areas as patients are always at greater risk of
respiratory or urinary infections.
and Charles have always responded well to treatments and are always very relaxed
by the end of a session.
Gradually as the weeks and months have passed, improvements have
appeared. Mucus secretions started to
loosen, coughing and swallow reflexes became easier, and they have been better
able to resist and fight off infection and displayed improved awareness within
the restrictions of their injuries.
Reflexology works on many levels and being a holistic therapy, it
deals with the mental/emotional side of things as much as the physical
body. Prolonged illness, injury or
emotional upset will in time start to alter the
body’s ability to function effectively.
In simple terms, long term pain and injury can cause depression, an
unhappy state of mind can start to show itself in physical ailments.
This is where reflexology works on a subtle level. The body and mind have a fantastic ability to
heal and sometimes a little nudge is all that is needed to help it to remember
what it knows and needs to do to function as well as it can.
least that treatments do is to maintain as good a level of health as it
possible, then that is, in my opinion, a great result.
rest, there is so much that we have yet to learn and understand. Making sure
that these wonderful people are given the best opportunity to start on their
often very long roads to recovery is what we owe them.
seen the changes in both Peter and Charles.
They certainly know who I am and it has been a joy to see the great
strides they have both made in the past two years and to be involved, along with
many others, in helping them and their families on the road to
If reading this has made you think that reflexology could help
someone you know or you would like further information, please feel free to call