Promoting Balance and wellbeing from within
WORLD REFLEXOLOGY WEEK 2023 -Raising awareness for the gentle yet mighty benefits of Reflexology in its many forms
Day 3 : Why I became the face of Endrick Holistics and started my Reflexology journey.
Lets start with a fun fact many people are not aware of - I trained and qualified as a dentist France many moons ago, working for the NHS for a while before taking a break to raise my children and support my husband’s career across the world. How did I become a holistic therapist you may ask ...
I had some issues with my own health (CFS, Fibromyalgia, IBS) and at the time, there weren't many options through conventional medicine so I had to start my own research and exploration into what may be helpful or not to alleviate my symptoms and support me as I was raising 3 children abroad with no family support.
In essence, Fibromyalgia is the brain finding danger everywhere and the nervous system firing at all cylinders with signals that trigger pain to various degrees in the body. It was very debilitating and limiting my life and the lives of those around me.
Physiotherapy treatments and massages were making things worse as trigger points initiated new flare ups. I first discovered Reiki and then Reflexology as ways to support my wellbeing, ease my symptoms with no side-effects and help me reclaim my life back.
Helping others was always what had been at the forefront of my career choice so I decided to retrain and created Endrick Holistics with a view to help people manage their health and wellbeing optimally. I have been practicing a variety of holistic complementary therapies for 6 years now and I love supporting women (95% of my clientele) through all the various phases of their lives with
One of my area of expertise is adapting therapies for cancer and palliative care as I don't believe anyone should ever be turned away from benefiting from the healing power of touch not should they travel far when dealing with the challenge of this difficult time.
Day 2: A little history of Reflexology ...Modern reflexology is based on an ancient form of therapy. There is evidence of some form of foot and hand therapy being practised in China 4,000 B.C. and also at the same time in Egypt, as depicted in the tomb of Ankmahor.
The more modern form of reflexology was first pioneered by an ear, nose and throat surgeon by the name of Dr William Fitzgerald (1872-1942). Dr Fitzgerald was the founder of Zone Therapy (an earlier form of reflexology). He discovered that exerting pressure on the tips of the toes or fingers caused corresponding parts of the body to become anaesthetised. From this, he divided the body into ten equal zones, which ran from the top of the head to the ends of the toes. By using tight elastic bands on the middle sections of the fingers, or using small clamps on the tips of the fingers, he realised that pressure could be applied to different areas to alleviate nausea, ear issues etc that he encountered in this practice.
However, Reflexology, as we know it today, was pioneered in the 1930’s by a woman called Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist fondly known as “the mother of Reflexology”, who further developed the zone therapy described by Dr Fitzgerald. After extensive research, she developed the map of the entire body on the feet – where one point on the foot mirrors and corresponds to specific parts of the body, tissues, glands and organs. By using acupressure or massage techniques on these points, a positive effect is created in the corresponding body part either stimulating or sedating depending on the need.
Bringing Reflexology to the public and the non-medical community, as well as Osteopaths, Massage Therapist and Physiotherapists through her work to fulfil her aim to help others, Ms Ingham discovered that Reflexology can benefit people of all ages and, depending on the length of time a condition has been present, can improve or eliminate many ailments during a course of four to six weekly treatments. Helping and supporting as many people as we can remains the collective wish of reflexologists all across the globe to this day 🙏🏻👣🙏🏻.
Day 1: Every year, the last week of September sees members of many worldwide Reflexology Associations organise events to celebrate 🌎👣🌎 World Reflexology Week 🌎👣🌎 , to promote awareness of this amazing natural therapy, and to share its many benefits to more people.
You may remember me saying about how the mapping of the feet correlates to specific parts of the body. Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the principle that specific reflex points in the feet (hands, ears and face too) stimulate or sedate all the systems of the body depending on the imbalance felt and the need of each individual. This image from@Posturepro is another great representation of how Reflexology can promote balance and wellbeing from within, supporting body and mind in the process 🙏🏻👣🙏🏻
If your mind is whirling and you feel pulled in different directions, try massaging your big toe slowly and gently while taking some slow and deep breaths. Just a few minutes can make a big difference.
If you are already pulling your socks off and having a try, you may also like to know that booking a Reflexology session involves less contortions and stimulates all the major organs and body systems - a fabulous way to get a full body workout while reclined and relaxed - what’s not to like ? 😊. Happy feet, happy toes, happier you 😊👣😊 - got to love win wins !
Merry Christmas and happy holidays
Tomorrow (22/12/22) is my last working day before Christmas and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all my clients for their continued support this year. It has been lovely to meet them and a privilege to work with them on their wellbeing journey. I look forward to a restful break - the perfect time to reflect on the mighty year 2022 has been, to unplug for a little while and to plan ahead for 2023.
I will return to work on Wednesday 4th January (in Stirling) and Thursday 5th January (in Balfron) and I look forward to seeing everyone again in 2023, starting the year together with the right foot forward to help reach new or recurrent wellbeing goals.
For those looking to work on their New Year resolutions early, I will check my emails intermittently and will respond to messages as soon as I can, so rest assured that you can book your favourite slot for your appointments before the end of December to start January recharged, rebalanced and rearing to go!
Amidst the busyness of this time of year, please make sure to take some time for your own selfcare and give yourself the time and space you need too, even for a few minutes at a time. You can get creative and think of any nurturing activities that contribute to your own wellness but most importantly, remember that, just pausing and being present in the moment, is very powerful in itself. I know this can be a difficult time of the year for many so I will be at home and I will continue my distance Reiki treatments during the holidays for my regular clients who feel the need for extra support during the festive season. Please never feel alone, please just drop me a message, a text or an email if you need.
Wishing you a season of comfort and joy, a restful, peaceful, relaxing festive season and a magical time. Much loves always. F xx
Winter Wellness Package : Taking care of your wellbeing this Winter
Approaching the end of 2022 is an opportunity to review your wellness goals set back last January, adjust them accordingly and prepare the way forward to step into 2023 with the right foot forward, with a practical and effective plan to look after your physical and mental health. With the colder weather and shorter days, more people notice a feeling of lack of energy, low mood, change of appetite and sleep. Complementary therapies such as Reflexology, Reflexology Lymph Drainage, Indian Head Massage and Reiki are very helpful to cope with this challenging time of year.
This month, I am offering a Winter Wellness Package of three 60-minute sessions of any treatment of your choice to be used over December 2022, January and February 2023 at a reduced rate of £120 (saving £30), to give you a chance to fully experience the incremental benefits of those natural and powerful therapies for regular support of your health and wellbeing. Step into your wellness journey with ease and early for 2023, and reach your goals.
World Reflexology Week - 19th to 26th September 2022
Day 7: A double whammy to celebrate the end of World Reflexology Week !
I got a wee bit bold and brave and went live on Instagram and Facebook to demonstrate a short 5 minute stress-busting reflexology sequence on the hands, something you can practice daily when you start feeling a little out of balance and overwhelmed. You can see it on the Endrick Holistics social media channels and have a little practice if you would like.
Last day of World Reflexology Week 2022 - it has come rather fast and I hope you have enjoyed learning about the many benefits of this gentle yet powerful holistic therapy. Thank you so much for sharing my posts this week and sharing the love with your reviews about the many ways Reflexology have helped you, I really appreciate it. To show my gratitude, here’s a special offer which may support you both in the process if you know of anyone who may benefit from some support. I look forward to seeing you in our cosy and relaxing therapy rooms, both in Balfron and in the Relaxation Retreat in Stirling. Any questions, feel free to get in touch - I am always happy to discuss all things reflexology and reiki 😊!
In summary on this year's focus during World Reflexology Week being "WHY reflexology?", a succinct response is simply "why not?" - I hopefully managed to demonstrate this though there is so much more to say so here's many more blog posts coming !
Day 6: Reflexology to support stress and its detrimental and inflammatory impact on the whole body - it is like a cumulative domino effect when one element out of kilter in our body, it initiates a succession of further imbalances. When we live in a constant state of stress, often part and parcel nowadays of the busyness of modern daily life, our body responds by producing cortisol. An over-production of this hormone by our adrenal glands can lead to adrenal fatigue, which can impact our metabolism and contribute to symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, brain fog, low mood, lead to increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure, disrupted sleep patterns. The latter is key to regulating our mood, improving our memory and maintaining our overall health, weight and energy levels.Research has shown that in reflexology can decrease stress and anxiety by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system which promotes rest, digestion, and reducing the sympathetic nervous system, responsible for the automatic fight, flight and freeze response. Reflexology is one way of supporting the body to restore natural balance, by relaxing you deeply and promoting balance and wellbeing from within. Try it and see for yourself how it will help you and those around you!
Day 5: This post is credited to the Reflexology International Council of Reflexologists ICR.
"Ear Reflexology (Auricular Therapy) is based on the idea that the body is mapped on to the ears as a micro system, just like on the hands and feet. Visualising the body on the ears is easily remembered as an image of the body in an inverted foetal shape. The lobe of the ear becomes the head, with the neck and entire spine extending up the curve of the outer ear. A Reflexologist uses their fingers and thumbs to work all surfaces of the ear. Auricular therapy has a long history from around 500 BC, and is the most scientific of the reflexology platforms. With ear reflexology there is also the addition of being able to apply an ear seed, to a specific point on the ear to further assist with pain management and issues in the body for longer lasting benefits in between sessions - similar to acupuncture but without the needles!
Facial reflexology is another area in which the stimulation of zones and points of the face are utilised to create an environment in which other areas of the body can be affected, with many possible benefits. Whilst it has been practiced for centuries in many countries around the world, it is the newest of the forms of reflexology. The treatment is unique in its combination of ancient therapies with modern neuro-anatomy. Facial Reflexology involves the application of pressure and massage to specific points on the face.
It is deeply relaxing and can be very effectively combined with work on any of the other reflexology surfaces in the same session. Gosh, imagine a reflexology session combing feet, hands, ears and face ….. aaaaahh!".
Doesn't this just sound like utter bliss ?!
Day 4: here’s a wee summary of what to expect during a nurturing hour of reflexology in my peaceful treatment room either at Namrata in Balfron or at the Relaxation Retreat in Stirling. The perfect antidote to the worries and stresses of your busy life. Reflexology doesn’t claim to cure or diagnose, but it works by stimulating your body’s own innate healing system to help restore natural balance for optimal function and wellness.Treatments can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions including anxiety, migraines /headaches, insomnia, fatigue, back, joints and muscular pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, pregnancy, fertility issues, perimenopause, menopause, autoimmune conditions. In my cosy treatment room, you’ll recline on a comfortable couch or a Lafuma chair, taking away any pressure on your joints. A warm electric blanket will help relax the muscles of your back, neck and shoulders further. To begin, a soothing hot towel will cleanse the area and a little organic grapeseed oil will be applied to your feet/hands/ears depending on the area you choose to receive the treatment on. A combination of massage, gentle pressure and holding will then be used upon specific ‘reflex' points mapped on your feet/hands/face/ears (to either sedate or stimulate, depending on the need) for a powerful restoration of balance within body and mind. These reflexes correlate to specific organs, tissues and glands within the body. The sensation is soothing and won’t tickle even the most sensitive feet and you may become aware yourself of some new sensations in your feet! Reflexology encourages deep relaxation, so you may nod off and let go - and yes, snoring is actually taken as a compliment! After a reflexology session at Endrick Holistics, you will leave feeling rested, recharged and ready to face the world again!
Day 3: This year's theme for World Reflexology Week is "Why reflexology" - I am clearly a firm believer in what I do and this originally stemmed from my personal experience learning to deal with and manage with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Syndrome over 12 years now. I also witness daily the benefits of the sessions with many of my clients asleep within minutes and all leaving mightily relaxed after their session. This great infographic was created by the Association of Reflexologists from a survey of many clients feedback. You can also read the many testimonials of my own clients if you wish to check how reflexology might be able to help you by promoting balance and wellbeing from within.
Day 2 : Taking care of our feet so they can continue to take us on many adventures and to many places is an essential part of our work as reflexologists so here a few easy suggestions for foot selfcare with a small bingo designed to help maintain good foot health while also supporting your wellbeing. Did you know that each foot has over 7000 nerve endings and hold a unique access to some of the organs, glands and tissues deep in the body?
Following this mapping of reflexes produced by Eunice Ingham back in the 1930’s, a reflexology session involves working each reflex individually in a bespoke manner and allows to stimulate or sedate the function of the corresponding organs or tissues to help promote relaxation and balance from within. This is particularly helpful to help with symptoms and alleviate pain, stress, tension, anxiety, insomnia, digestive or hormonal imbalances. How many of these suggestions will you implement this week and show your feet and body some love?
Day 1 : A fitting image as we start World Reflexology Week on the same day we bade farewell to the Queen Elizabeth II in a tremendous show of support and love throughout her funeral services. In this image, HRH is receiving a hand reflexology treatment by Claire Brown and she certainly looks like she thoroughly enjoyed it. Look at that beautiful smile, it really says it all!
21st June 2018 : a gentle reminder
Time is running out... Last chance to benefit from the 20% discount offer for all working NHS nurses - a small gesture as a thank you for all the hard work nurses do for us and our loved ones in times of need. This offer was well received to celebrate International Nurses Day and finishes at the end of June. If you haven't had a chance to book, now is the perfect time. x