Reflexology, Massage & Aromatherapy
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, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body and reflexologists work these points and areas. It provides a period of time for relaxation where the client has one to one attention in an empathetic listening environment. (www.aor.org.uk)
It is believed that for each of the body’s organs and glands, there is a corresponding reflex area on the foot and the hand. Through applying pressure to a particular area, a response may be brought about within the appropriate area of the body.
The massage techniques used in Charis are focused on gentle, movements over the skin and muscles to allow the body tissues to release strain and tension to achieve relaxation. The movements of therapeutic massage are adjusted to meet each person’s needs. For example, the touch does not necessarily have to be deep to be beneficial.
Massage can be used in conjunction with aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is the use of oils extracted from bushes, flowers, plants and herbs, to help relieve anxiety and some types of pain. The oils from these plants, known as essential oils, release fragrant aromas and have many uses. They are used in baths, massage and can also be inhaled for their medicinal properties.
Aromatherapy massage combines rubbing the body with the medicinal properties of essential oils. Some people with cancer use aromatherapy because it makes them feel good. Many say that it can help lift their mood and improve their wellbeing. It helps them feel like they are helping themselves.
There is some evidence that aromatherapy massage can help with the effects of treatment.