Frequently asked questions
do I know you are fully qualified and insured?
am a member of the
FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapies) and FICHT
(Federation of Chartered Holistic Therapies). I hold VTCT level 3 Diplomas in Reflexology and Indian Head
Massage, and further diplomas in Oriental Face Massage,
Thai Foot Massage, and Ear Candling. Certificates for current membership,
insurance are always available to see if required.
you offer your treatments?
Treatments take place in my tranquil treatment room in
Northam, Bideford. I also runs workshops and classes in
North Devon and Plymouth.
Can I chat
during my treatment?
This is entirely up to you. Some clients prefer to relax
quietly and others prefer to chat. However, you may find
the treatment will be more beneficial and effective for
you if you relax quietly with your eyes closed.
How will I
feel after a treatment?
The treatment is likely to leave you feeling very
relaxed. You will need to drink more water during the
next 24-48 hours. You may feel tired or may need to
visit the toilet more frequently! Some people report
feel energised and find they are able to achieve a lot
that day. You will hopefully enjoy a deep relaxing sleep
conditions can be helped with these therapies?
A holistic therapist will not claim to diagnose or cure
conditions, but there are conditions which may benefit
from the right treatment plan. Treatments may help with
stress, anxiety, depression, muscular tension, fatigue,
headaches and migraines, insomnia, eye strain, digestive
problems, poor immune system, poor concentration,
sinusitis, poor hair condition, IBS, hormonal imbalance,
PMS, pregnancy symptoms, infertility back pain, neck
pain, arthritis pain... the list is endless!
any side effects?
Some possible effects are a headache, needing to urinate
more frequently, tiredness, heightened emotions,
occasionally nausea, possibly some aching the next day.
You may well experience none of these, but if you do, it
does indicate that the treatment is working as the body
tries to rebalance itself. Any reaction should only last
for a maximum of 24 hours following treatment and are
normally strongest after the first treatment. After any
side effects have passed, you normally experience
increased energy and alertness.
Are there any times when it would be inadvisable to have
Yes, there are conditions where it would be inadvisable
to receive a treatment. This is why it is important to
have a short consultation before commencing treatment.
If you are currently taking medication, or you have a
long term medical condition it may be necessary to check
with your GP before starting treatment. If you are in
any doubt, please call or email me for advice.
Can I have
a Reflexology , Thai Foot Massage, Oriental Face Massage
or Indian Head Massage treatment if I am pregnant?
It is recommended that you avoid treatment during the
first trimester of pregnancy, (the first 12 weeks). If
planning to have a treatment after the first 12 weeks,
then it is worthwhile talking to your midwife or health
care professional to see if there is any reason why it
would be unadvisable in your particular case. There are
many benefits to having treatments during pregnancy.
Reflexology can help with back pain, constipation,
heartburn, water retention and fatigue. Indian Head
Massage is enjoyed by many pregnant women as it is very
relaxing, and they find the sitting position very
comfortable as opposed to therapies where you need to
smell, can I still have a Reflexology treatment or Thai
You will probably choose to wash your feet before coming
for treatment. Then the session will commence with me
cleansing your feet with foot wipes, and I use a
pleasant smelling lotion of your choice to carry out the
treatment. Everybody’s feet perspire and there is always
some natural odour, so please do not feel worried!
ticklish feet! Will reflexology or Thai Foot Massage be
suitable for me?
The pressure used during a treatment is quite firm. You
will not be tickled!
Can I have
a Reflexology or Thai Foot Massage if I have a Verruca?
Yes, the area will be covered with some plaster and
avoided during the treatment.
sessions will I need and how frequently?
With reflexology, the time taken depends on your
condition and how long you have been suffering. It is
perfectly safe to have a daily treatment, but few people
would have the time or finances to allow this! For acute
conditions, some benefit may be experienced immediately,
with a significant improvement usually being seen after receiving 5
– 8 weekly treatments. Chronic, long standing
conditions may take longer. If you are unable to make weekly
visits, then have treatments as often as time and
finances allow, and you could support the reflexology
programme with self treatment at home between
Reflexology can also be
enjoyed simply to relax and de-stress you, and help
maintain a healthy state. Many clients come to me simply
for relaxation, and time out from their hectic lives. For this I would recommend
a treatment every four to six weeks or as often as your
With Indian Head Massage, for maximum benefit it is
recommended that treatments should be carried out once
or twice a week as part of a stress management programme
with perhaps 4–6 treatments close together initially.
For a maintenance programme, 4 weekly is ideal. For
general relaxation and pampering, it is also perfectly
OK for you to come as and when your routine allows,
coming as often or infrequently as suits you.
With Oriental Face Massage, you will experience the
greatest benefits if you could have a treatment once a
week for 4 weeks, then once a month for the next few
months, then ongoing when you feel stressed, tense or in
need or relaxation. I would also recommend practising
facial exercises every day to help tone the facial
muscles and fight the ageing process. If you would like
to learn some face exercise techniques, I will be
launching my new Face Yoga workshops and
individual classes in Bideford in North Devon this
No, reflexology should not hurt although you may notice
some tenderness in certain areas. This can indicate an
imbalance in the corresponding organ or area. The
tenderness normally reduces after the area has been
worked over several times. The amount of pressure used
can be varied according to your own needs.
it OK if I am also undergoing other complementary
Some therapies work well together, such as reflexology,
Indian Head Massage, Oriental Face Massage, body
massage, Chiropractice or Osteopathy. With some
therapies such as acupuncture or shiatsu, it would be
advisable to check with the other therapist involved.
Generally, it is not be a good idea to have too many
treatments at the same time, and in fact you would not
know which therapy was giving you the most benefit.