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The many benefits of reflexology

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Spa and Reflexology

Reflexology is an ancient form of massage therapy. What does it entail and how can it help people? Read on to find out more.

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Our reflexology course in Essex is extremely popular with those working in holistic massage therapy. In order to train as a reflexologist, there is a lot you need to learn about the body, and how different points within the body help one another. You may know a little or a lot, but here is everything you need to know before taking our reflexology course.

What is reflexology?

The name reflexology originates from the fact that this therapy uses ‘reflex points’. Feet, hands, and the head (ears in particular), are all known reflex points. This means they correspond to another part of the body, for example, the arch in a foot corresponds to the bladder. If you are somebody who suffers from headaches, the tips of the toes are known to correspond to the head. Therefore using reflexology techniques on the tips of the toes can help your head.

Reflexologist Rosanna Bickerton explains that reflexology aims to “create homeostasis, which means that the organs in the body are all working together and at their best“. Therefore, reflexology uses reflex points to heal and relax different areas of your body. Different techniques will be used such as kneading, finger pressure, and holds.

Where did reflexology come from?

There is no certainty where the practice of reflexology came from. Some evidence suggests that people in China have been practising foot and hand therapy since around 4,000 BC. There is also some evidence indicating that in Ancient Egypt it was used around 2,330 BC.

In the 20th century, Dr William Fitzgerald was considered ‘The Father Of Reflexology’ as he started using reflexology techniques in the USA. It was William Fitzgerald who started to map certain reflex points, corresponding them to various other parts of the body.

What are the benefits of reflexology?

When first visiting a reflexologist, clients may be asked about their lifestyle, or if they have any current health issues. This is to help the reflexologist determine which points to work on, making sure that the benefits for each client will suit them.

While reflexology isn’t known to heal people with life-threatening health conditions, clients claim to feel healthier and the treatment has been known to relieve PMS, headaches, improve circulation and digestive issues.

Reflexology can make people feel very relaxed and it soothes tired feet. Although it goes much beyond a simple foot massage, taking some time to rest our feet, which we use every day, is very beneficial.  

Some clients who enjoy massage therapies often feel nervous about undressing for treatment. For reflexology treatments, the client can choose to remain fully clothed, ensuring that they don’t feel nervous or exposed during treatment.

Why should I take a reflexology course?

Through taking a reflexology course, you will learn about the different reflex points and how they correspond to different areas of the body. You will gain in-depth knowledge about the bones in the feet and energy zones which guide the reflex points.

There is a lot to learn in the two-day course. There are also some prerequisite courses which will be needed before you take the course. This is to ensure that you have all the background knowledge needed to complete the course, and you are able to confidently offer reflexology to your clients.  

Elite School of Beauty Therapy offer a 2-day reflexology course in Essex. For more information, call 01279 755077 or find out here about the course. Whether you already offer holistic massage therapies to your clients or not, reflexology can give you an alternative treatment with a range of benefits.


A Basic Guide To Facials

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Spa and Reflexology

facial spa treatment course essexFind out more about what a facial involves and how your skin can benefit from a professional spa treatment.

What Is A Facial?

A facial is a deep cleaning treatment that restores a healthy, clear complexion. There are many types of facial treatments, but the basic treatment involves cleansing the skin to lift and remove any dead skin, followed by the application of a toner to balance your skin’s PH level. The final stage is moisturising the skin in order to rehydrate.

A professional spa facial usually includes a scalp massage as well as a brief consultation to assess the skin type and decide what type of facial is needed for each individual. The treatment will usually take around an hour.

The Steps Of A Facial

Consultation: This is where you will be asked about your skin type, concerns, allergies, general health and medication. Many aspects of your life have an effect on your skin and so the more information you give, the more precise the treatment will be.

Cleansing: The esthetician thoroughly cleans your face with cotton pads and wipes to remove any dirt. From here the esthetician can begin the facial.

Skin Analysis: This is where the esthetician determines your basic skin type. With a magnifying lamp, he or she can decide if you have dry, oily or combination skin as well as diagnosing any skin conditions such as acne, sun damage or dehydration. From there, the esthetician can choose the best products and treatments for your skin.

Steam: This step helps the customer fully relax while softening their skin and opening the pores.

Exfoliation: The esthetician will slowly massage product into your skin to gently rub away the dead skin cells that sit on the surface of your skin.

Extraction: Here, the esthetician will begin to manually remove any blackheads or whiteheads. This is an optional step depending on your wants, needs and pain tolerance.

Facial Massage: Using the correct technique, a massage will not only relax you, but also stimulate the blood flow and facial muscles.

Facial Mask: There are many different types of facemask that work on different skin types. After the facemask has been applied, the esthetician will usually give you a scalp massage

Finally: This is the step where the esthetician applies the toner, serums and moisturizer to the skin.

Elite School of Beauty Therapy offers fully accredited facial training courses . To learn more about this offer, visit our facial course training page and Facebook page, contact Clare Weyers directly on 01279755077 or email your query to info@elitebeautyschool.co.uk

Reiki Healing: What is it Like?

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Spa and Reflexology

Have you ever been interested by the idea of Reiki healing, but you aren’t completely sure what the treatment entails? We cover the five most important benefits of Reiki in our bite-size guide.

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Are you in need of some deep relaxation? Would like a holistic therapy that strengthens your well being, reduces anxiety, alleviates fatigue, and helps to manage pain after injury? Then look no further. This article will briefly introduce you to the benefits of Reiki healing, why you should consider it, and what you can expect to feel during and after a Reiki session.

What does Reiki stand for?

The word Reiki combines two Japanese words “Rei” and “Ki” to mean universal life force energy. When a person’s Ki is high, they will feel confident, tough and ready to take on all of life’s challenges. When it is low, they will feel weak, and their immune system deteriorates meaning they are more likely to fall sick. Reiki treatment holistically addresses that balance, raising your Ki through the energy channelling itself towards the individual needs of the patient. Reiki can spiritually and physically benefit a patient.

The Reiki treatment process:

The practitioner lays his or her hands above or gently, with no pressure, on certain parts of the body, predominantly on the head and front and back of the torso. Additionally, they can target specific areas of the body, if you’ve had an injury or got a surgical scar. Each hand position is held for between two to five minutes. The unseen spiritual energy runs from their hands through to the patient, powered by the High Intelligence. This energy balances and heals the recipient’s body.

The Reiki treatment room is normally small, cosy, and private with subtle soothing music playing in the background, although you can request it to be silent if that is what you’d prefer.

Who can have the Treatment?

Reiki treatment is suitable for anyone of any age, ranging from young children to the elderly. Reiki healing can also be used safely on pregnant women, as it doesn’t cause any harm to the mother or her unborn baby. Reiki is also a great complementary (but not alternative) healing process for anybody suffering from long term illnesses such as cancer. It provides a psychological boost during their overwhelming medical treatment, which is paramount keeping a positive mindset.

Reiki sensations:

As the energy flows from practitioner to patient, your body is likely to respond through various sensations. You may feel only one throughout your sessions, you could experience them all, or in rare cases you may feel absolutely nothing. Whatever you feel, they are always pleasant feelings, as it is essentially a sign that the transferring energy is being welcomed by your body.

Want to know a little more? Read up on the history of Reiki treatment to gain a wider understanding of this popular holistic therapy.

Elite School of Beauty Therapy offers a fully accredited two day Reiki training course. To know more about this offer, visit our makeup course training page, the Facebook page, contact Clare Weyers directly on 01279755077 or email your query to info@elitebeautyschool.co.uk

Reflexology: What is it and why would I benefit?

Written by: Clare Weyers Date of published: . Posted in Spa and Reflexology

benefits of reflexologyAre you stressed in need of deep relaxation, recovering from a painful injury and need relief, or does your overall well-being need a positive boost? Maybe it’s time to take reflexology treatment into consideration.

What is Reflexology?

In simple terms, reflexology is holistic treatment based on the principle that various pressure points on the feet, lower leg, hands face or ears correspond with different parts of your body. When pressure is applied to these areas the stimulating movement along the nerve channels helps to restore balance (homeostasis) and well-being to the whole body.

Who has Reflexology treatment?

Reflexology treatment can be received by anyone of any age, from children to the elderly. However, as there are some circumstances where the treatment isn’t suitable, the best thing to do is to give your local reflexologist a call to discuss in more detail.

Reasons to have Reflexology treatment:

It’s safe to say that our modern day society is increasingly demanding and stressful, whether you’re suffering from work related stress, family struggles, or recovering from a serious medical condition.  Reflexology can be a great way to mitigate daily stresses and help to maintain good health and positive well-being. It is important to remember that reflexology is a holistic complementary therapy and therefore should be used in conjunction with medical care. Here are additional reasons to have reflexology.

Uses of reflexology also extend to post-operative or comforting care. It is a popular therapy among cancer patients who find it helpful for relaxation, and boosting general well-being.

How you feel post Reflexology treatment:

After treatment, the majority of people feel calm, relaxed and even sleepy. Occasionally patients have been known to feel emotional, tearful and sometimes nauseous afterwards. These reactions caused by reflexology are common among patients especially after the first few times you try the treatment. Yet it can also be a part of the healing process, so there is no need to be alarmed if these negative reactions happen frequently. It is completely normal and shows positive signs the treatment is working.

You can also read about find out more on the history of reflexology treatment, to discover where it all started.


Elite School of Beauty Therapy offers a fully accredited two 2 day reflexology course. To know more about this offer, visit our makeup course training page, the Facebook page or contact Clare Weyers directly on this number 01279755077 or email your query to info@elitebeautyschool.co.uk