Patricia Lavelle MAR FHP CNHC Foot Care. Health & Happiness

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Patricia is a strong education professional with a Practitioner Diploma in Reflexology from The Galway Institute of Wellbeing and Reflexology, Ireland.


Reflexology is based on the concept that every part of the body is connected by energy pathways which end in reflex areas on the feet, the hands and the ears. Reflexology is the practice of working over these reflexes in a precise and systematic way. By applying controlled pressure, the body is encouraged to achieve its own natural state of wholeness and good health. Working on the feet is especially beneficial in clearing and balancing the body.

reflex is a point on the body which, when stimulated by a reflexologist, will have an effect on another part of the body. The classic one is the knee jerk reflex. If you tap the knee, the reflex action is the spasm of the thigh muscles which makes the knee jerk.

The Origins of Reflexology

The roots of reflexology are found in many different cultures, from the tombs of Ancient Eqypt to the earlist texts of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ancient techniques of pressure to relieve pain were widely used in earlier times.

The art and techniques of massage and manipulation of the body largely come from Greece, Rome, North Africa, and the Arabian peninsula. They date back many thousands of years and have known from this time to have profound and positive effect on the health pf the recipient. Known as the "father of medicine," Hippocrates a physician of Ancient Greece, spoke of rubbing and manipulation in order to relieve pain in the joints.

The ancient Egyptians also used massage daily. It is in one of their tombs that the first depictions of some sort of treatment of the toes and fingers have been found.

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Vladimir Bekhterev

The term reflexology was coined by Vladimir Bekhterev 1917 a Russian neurologist and the father of objective psychology.

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Vladimir Bekhterev was best known for noting the role of the hippocampus in memory, his study of reflexes, and Bekhterev Disease (Ankylosing spondylitis).
Moreover, he is known for his competition with Ivan Pavlov regarding the study of conditioned reflexes..

Universal Reflexology

The feet are a microcosm of the whole body. This holistic treatment involves massaging specific acupressure points on the feet, which helps stimulate energy and circulation, thus supporting the body's own natural healing process.

Reflexology is suitable for all ages and a wide range of conditions. By encouraging the elimination of toxins from the body, improving circulation and boosting the immune system, reflexology helps to normalise the bodies functions, easing or totally eradicating the symptoms of any number of ailments.

Sleep problems
Digestive disorders
Hormonal imbalances
Bladder issues
Stress and anxiety are just a few conditions that Reflexology has shown to be particularly helpful.
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How You Can Feel

Typical reactions during and after a reflexology session are:

  • Increased energy
  • Inner peace
  • Gentle tingling sensations
  • Clearer senses
  • Lessening of stress and emotional problems
  • Improved physical health
  • Increased ability to deal positively with stressful situations
  • A general feeling of being more whole, healthy and happy.

  • Lymphatic Reflexology

    The aim of RLD reflexology is to reduce swelling via specific techniques for lymphatic drainage via the feet and hands.

    Lymphadema is defined as tissue swelling due to the failure of lymph drainage. After breast cancer a person may experience psychological or emotional difficulties due to altered body image, and a swollen limb can exacerbate this. Research suggests that survivors with lymphoedema are more likely to suffer psychological and emotional difficulties, be more disabled, and experience a poorer quality of life than survivors without the condition. Improved breast cancer survival rates suggest that approximately 2:3 women survive the disease beyond 20 years. This means that more people are living longer with this debilitating side effect for which there is currently no cure.
    Lymphatic drainage massage (MLD) is used to treat conditions other than lymphoedema, and RLD may be used similarly.
    MLD may be useful with the following conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • ME
  • SInus problems
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Muscular tension
  • Aches and pains
  • Premenstrual Syndrome

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    Usui Reiki

    What is Reiki?
    Reiki can help us cope by encouraging relaxation and bringing balance to both mind and emotions.

    Benefits reported by clients and patients of our Practitioner Members include deep relaxation promoting a calm, peaceful sense of wellbeing, on all levels.

    Reiki encourages and supports positive personal choices such as improving diet, taking more exercise, devoting time for rest or leisure activities.

    Reiki can create a greater inner harmony and balance; regular Reiki treatments promote a calmer response to life’s challenges.

    Reiki’s gentle energy is easily adapted to most medical conditions and may be used safely by people of all ages, from new-born babies to the frail. It is widely used with pregnant mothers, surgical patients and many other conditions as well as animals.

    Reiki can enhance everyday living, and regular sessions may help to promote development of a healthier, more resourceful state of being.

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