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October 5, 2013

Reflexology Case Study…Treatment 4

by lrmetcalfe

Treatment Plan

At today’s treatment my client had had a stressful day, with a few issues at home and an unpleasant trip to the dentist, she had a tension headache and wanted to calm down and let off steam.

The Treatment

Today I tried to focus more on deep breathing with the client, to encourage her to relax.

Again due to her anxiety and stress I focused on the reflexes for the pituitary and adrenal glands. To try and relieve the client’s tension headache, I spent more time working the areas for the head, neck and face.

The ‘popping’ sensation was found in the shoulder relfex, which could be related to stress and her tension headache; there was also an imbalance in the lung reflexes.

I spent more time on the massage part of the treatment to encourage relaxation. I used the client’s preferred massage oil blend.

Feedback

The client enjoyed her treatment and said the tension in her neck had noticeably improved. Again, her feet felt warmed after the foot massage section of the treatment.

Changes/ Areas to focus on for the next treatment

The client’s course of treatments is now more than half way through; her next treatment is the penultimate. There has been a change to the amount of reflexes in which I am finding ‘imbalances’, therefore I can start to shorten the treatments.

Aftercare

Client is continuing to try and lead a healthier lifestyle, by looking at her diet, doing more exercise and drinking less caffeinated drinks and more water. I am pleased with the progress she is made, and want her to continue.

September 25, 2013

Reflexology Case Study- Treatment 3

by lrmetcalfe

Treatment Plan

My client has nearly recovered from her cold, she is producing a lot of mucus, which is a good sign and shows the body is ridding itself of the infection.

She has cut down the medication she takes for her anxiety to 5mg every other day; she is currently having no ill-effects from this, which she has experienced in the past when reducing her dosage. This is a major achievement for my client.

As usual, the client’s main wish from the treatment was to feel relaxed.

 

The Treatment

The treatment started by cleansing the feet and relaxing breathing and foot manipulation techniques. To encourage relaxation and to relieve anxiety I decided to focus on the reflexes for the head, pituitary and adrenal glands. Due to the client’s cold I also paid a little more attention to the sinuses, eyes, nose and face reflexes.

The client had dramatically less ‘popping’ on her reflexes today. She only had a little ‘popping’ on the shoulder reflexes. The shoulders are a reflex which commonly ‘pop’ showing an imbalance in this area. Most of us hold a lot of tension in the shoulder especially those of us who sit at a desk all day, or women who carry heavy handbags.

I used the same massage oil blend- almond oil with ginger, lavender and black pepper essential oil, as the client really liked it last time.

 

Feedback

At the end of the treatment the client said she felt relaxed.

 

Changes/ Areas to focus on for the next treatment

The client chattered through most of the treatment. Next time I want to concentrate on getting her to focus on relaxation more. I may try and get her to do breathing techniques throughout her treatment to encourage relaxation.

 

Aftercare

Client is drinking more water and has been taking her multivitamin and mineral tablets.

I have spoken to her about exercise, being good for anxiety- related conditions and she has started going for daily walks.

So her aftercare this week is to keep up the good work.

September 12, 2013

Reflexology Case Study…Treatment 1

by lrmetcalfe

Treatment Plan

We started today’s treatment in the usual way, by discussing our last meeting. We reviewed the changes she has made to her diet; Client A has reduced her diet coke intake to 1 glass a day, however she is still not drinking enough water. She has been eating more vegetables and making sure her meals are well-balanced.

We then went through the client’s expectations for today’s treatment and how she was feeling. She wanted to try and relax; today she was particularly agitated due to issues with work. She felt angry and wanted to let off steam.

She also has the beginnings of a cold- a sore throat and is feeling ‘under-the-weather’. She also felt cold.

I made sure she had a blanket, was warm and asked her to put her work phone  on silent and out of her eye-line, so she could have no diversions to relaxation.

The Treatment

I cleansed her feet and used warm-up foot manipulations and breathing techniques to aid initial relaxation. Her feet were very cold, a sign of poor circulation; apart from this the client has very healthy looking feet- a good sign.

During a reflexology treatment, a reflexologist looks for signs which can tell us more about our client. These signs include, dry skin, corns, calluses, a feeling of ‘popping’ when certain reflexes are pressed- all of these can tell a reflexologist about health problems or ‘imbalances’ in certain areas of the body.

I pressed all reflexes and paid particular attention to the reflexes for the adrenal and hypothalamus glands, lymphatic areas, head, solar plexus, face, eyes and sinuses.

When I pressed Client A’s head, shoulder, thyroid and small intestine reflexes, I felt popping. This shows me that there are imbalances in these areas.

After I pressed the client’s reflexes, she said her feet were feeling a little warmer. I then massaged her feet using grapeseed foot butter.

Feedback

At the end of the treatment the client said she felt much calmer and had forgotten her work troubles.

Changes/ Areas to focus on for the next treatment

At the next treatment I will use a blend of warming oils such as ginger and black pepper to massage the feet, to try and warm the client’s feet and improve circulation.

Aftercare

I have asked the client to try and increase how much water she drinks.

Her multivitamin and mineral supplement should help to support her immune system during her cold, so I’ve told her to ensure she takes this and to try taking a teaspoon of manuka honey to soothe her sore throat.

September 8, 2013

Reflexology Case Study…Meet Client A

by lrmetcalfe

409054_240835962658691_2146072352_nThis article is the first of a series of posts in which I am looking to give you an insight into Reflexology.

A client has agreed for me to use her treatments as a case study and to post my findings in this blog. I will refer to my client as Client A from this point onwards.

Reflexology is a form of foot or hand massage which manipulates points or ‘reflexes’ which correspond to various parts of the body. The practice of Reflexology was developed by the American physiotherapist Eunice Ingham in the 1950s. Eunice spent many hours studying and working on people’s feet, she mapped the anatomy of the body onto the corresponding areas of the feet and this practice developed into Reflexology.

A course of reflexology always begins with an initial consultation in which I find out more about the client’s diet, lifestyle, health conditions and reasons for treatment. The following summarises my initial consultation with ‘Client A’.

Client A

She is a 28 year old, mother of one; she has her own internet sales business and works from home, whilst also managing her household and caring for her 3 year old daughter.

Diet

Currently overweight, she is trying to diet and is a member of a well-known slimming club. She finds when she sticks to her diet she does lose weight, but finds this difficult at times. She drinks a lot of diet coke, approximately 2 litres a day and does not drink very much water. She eats about 2 portions of vegetables a day but doesn’t eat any fruit.

Stress Levels & Relaxation

Suffers from anxiety and has previously had panic attacks, she takes medication for this condition. Her condition is improving and she is trying to reduce the dose of her medication.

She describes her stress levels at home as low and has a good sleep pattern. To relax she enjoys knitting and crocheting.

Activity Levels & Exercise

Does not do any form of regular exercise and her day-to-day activity levels are low. She would like to do more exercise.

Health Conditions/Issues                           

  • Anxiety
  • Acne Rosacea on cheeks and dry skin
  • Tension headaches & pain behind eyes

Reason for Treatment

Client wants to feel healthier and improve her energy levels, often feels lethargic.

My Observations & Feedback

I have advised client to try and eat healthier. She has completed week long diet diary and I have spoken to her as to how to introduce more fruit and vegetables into what she usually eats. I asked her to either give up diet coke or drastically reduce her intake and instead to drink water. She has now cut down to one glass of diet coke a day. I think if she makes these changes to her diet, the condition of her skin will improve.

I have asked the client to supplement with a good quality multivitamin and mineral high in Vitamin C and B Vitamins; also advised to use lavender oil neat on her rosacea daily.

Client A needs to do more exercise as it will speed up weight loss and is a good way to reduce stress and anxiety levels.

My Aims & Areas to focus on

During the course of my treatments, I want to ensure my client uses the time to relax, to reduce her anxiety levels.

I will particularly focus on the reflexes which correspond to the hypothalmus gland, adrenal glands, solar plexus, face, eyes, head and sinuses.