An introduction to Reflexology with Kelly Hainsworth
My name is Kelly Hainsworth and I’m a reflexologist based at The Health Workshop, in the beautiful market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. I have been providing reflexology treatments to support my clients in Leicestershire for 10 years and specialise in women’s well-being, including maternity reflexology. I trained with the International Institute of Reflexology (IIR), and I’m a full member of the Association of Reflexologists (AoR). This means my clients know I am fully insured, abide by a strict code of conduct, and am committed to continuing professional development.
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a relaxing, non-intrusive complementary therapy which is based on the theory that the different points of the feet and hands correspond to different parts of the body. Many people believe it is a relatively modern treatment, with celebrities including Holly Willoughby recently sharing their experiences with reflexology. However, the practice can be traced back to 2330 B.C in ancient Egypt, India and China.
Reflexology as it’s known today is attributed to the work of Eunice Ingham. During the 1930s, Eunice, an American therapist, mapped reflex points on the feet and hands which corresponded to all the organs, glands and parts of the body. She spent years mapping out the charts that many practitioners around the world still use today.
Reflexology should never take the place of medical advice or treatment and instead should work alongside it and ‘complement’ it. Anyone who has concerns about their health should always seek a medical opinion in the first instance. Since qualifying in 2008, many private healthcare organisations now recognise reflexology, and courses of treatments may be claimed for within a private policy. Many midwives recommend that mums-to-be receive treatments during their pregnancies, and it is also used within hospice care provision to provide support to both patients and their families.
It is a safe, natural therapy used to support the well-being of people of all ages, from babies to the elderly, from pregnant women to those undergoing chemotherapy.
What can reflexology help with?
One of the main reasons my clients will visit me for a treatment is for stress relief. The fast-paced and busy nature of modern lives means many clients experience both long-term and short-term stress. My treatment provides them with an opportunity to relax, unwind and take a break from the stresses modern life may throw at them.
As a practitioner there is nothing more rewarding than when a stressed client leaves the treatment room with a smile on their face feeling relaxed and peaceful. In addition to supporting my clients during periods of high stress, I provide maternity reflexology to many mums-to-be in Leicestershire. Maternity reflexology is a beautifully supportive treatment and provides women with an opportunity to focus on themselves and their growing baby in a safe, relaxing and private setting.
In addition to supporting my reflexology clients, I am also the founder of the Love Reflexology community and directory. Love Reflexology is an independent business support and networking group where practitioners from around the world share best practice, network and take part in live Q&As with health and well-being specialists.
You can find more about Kelly and reflexology at www.kellyhainsworth.com. Follow on her Facebook @kellyhainsworthreflexology and Instagram @kelly_hainsworth.