Our Reflexologist

Leslie Martin

Reiki Master, Certified Reflexology Health Practitioner

Reflexology Hours

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About Reflexology

  • Reflexology is a scientific art based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet, hands and ears that correspond to all body parts. Each specific point corresponds with an internal organ, gland and other structure.
  • Reflexology is administered by using the application of thumb and finger pressure to specific points on the feet, hands or ears. The pressure allows the release of blocked energy and built up toxins.
  • During a treatment, mental and physical tensions are released and a state of relaxation is induced. This allows the body to: improve circulation; encourage lymphatic drainage and toxin buildup to release; stimulate nerve pathways; and relax muscles.
  • A scientific explanation of reflexology is that the pressure sends signals that balance the nervous system, stimulate the lymphatic system (to drain the body of toxins) and/or release chemicals, such as endorphins, that reduce pain and stress.
  • Foot reflexology is the most common type of reflexology because the feet are the final destination for over 7,000 nerve endings that are connected to every organ, body part and gland in your body. Through your feet, there is the opportunity to reach almost every part of your body.
  • Reflexology works best when it is used for prevention or as a complementary therapy.
  • A study in the American Cancer Society journal found that one-third of cancer patients used reflexology as a complementary therapy. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer.

Insurance

Coverage Most extended health care plans cover all or part of treatments up to a maximum amounts. Maximums vary by plan.
Direct billing Available to the following companies:
• Blue Cross
• Chamber of Commerce
• Desjardins
• Great West Life
• Green Shield
• Industrial Alliance
• ManuLife
• Standard Life
• SunLife
• Cowan Insurance
• Johnson

Symptoms & conditions commonly treated by acupuncture

Pain • Pain management • Migraine
• Arthritis • Sciatica
• Asthma • Joint pain
Mental • Stress reduction • Relaxation
• Mental clarity • Focus
• Memory issues • Depression
• Anxiety • Stronger self esteem
• Addictions • Self awareness
• Greater sense of well being
• Clearing emotions
• Enhances and stimulates creativity and productivity
• Calms an overactive mind
• Emotional support (coping, joy, enthusiasm for life, calms anger)
Conditions • Insomnia • Immune system support
• Chronic fatigue • Menopause
• Digestion • Cold symptom relief
• Flu symptom relief
• Support a reduction in high blood pressure
• Circulatory issues • Hormonal imbalances
• Ear disorders • Sinusitis
• Acne • Eczema
• Psoriasis • Rashes
• Improve circulation • Endometriosis
Lifestyle • Stress management
• Wellness maintenance
• Low energy • Improve joint mobility
• Improve immune system functioning
• Increase lymphatic drainage
• Reduce tension within muscles

Reflexology FAQs

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What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all the glands, organs, and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflexes, finding and working on the areas of congestion or tension to help the body operate at its peak efficiency. Noted benefits include (but are not limited to):

  • relieving stress and tension,
  • improving blood supply, and
  • promoting the unblocking of nerve impulses.
Reflexology is a safe, non-invasive, profoundly relaxing therapy for restoring and balancing the body.

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How and why Reflexology work ?

Newcomers to Reflexology are sometimes baffled by how precise pressure on specific areas of the feet can affect the whole health of the body. The reason this works is because reflexes link each part of the body to a special area on the feet and hands. The nervous system serves as the connection. With proper manipulation of the reflex points, a reflex action is produced through the nerve endings. "These cord-like structures, comprised of a collection of nerve fibers, convey impulses between a part of the central nervous system and other regions of the body. They are the wiring system of the house you call your body. As with any complex wiring system, a short circuit can mean trouble... As tension is eased, pressure on the nerves and vessels is relaxed, thus improving the flow of blood and its oxygen-rich nutrients to all parts of the body." (Better Health With Foot Reflexology - The Ingham Method by Dwight C. Byers)

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What is a reflexologist session like?

A typical treatment is 45 minutes to 60 minutes long and begins with a consultation about your health and lifestyle. You are then asked to remove your shoes and socks and sit comfortably on a massage table. Otherwise you remain fully clothed. The reflexologist stimulates select points on the feet to identify areas of tenderness or tension followed by using brisk movements to warm the feet up. Then pressure is applied from the toes to the heel according to treatment needs. Pressure will not exceed your comfort level. Lotion or oil may be used.

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My feet are ticklish. How will I be able to have a treatment?

If you're ticklish, not to worry. The reflexologist applies firm pressure to the feet which should not be ticklish to you.

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How will I feel after a treatment?

Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. They may even feel sleepy. Occasionally, people feel nauseous, anxious, or tearful, but this is only temporary. The procedure can stimulate the lymphatic drainage system, through which the body releases toxins. As your body releases toxins, physical and emotional associations with the toxin may be heightened. This is considered part of the healing process and will pass.

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Does reflexology diagnose issues?

No. Although reflexology identifies where stress and tension is located in the body, and this can be highly valuable assistance to the diagnosis process, it is not sufficient by itself. If you have identified other symptoms that coincide with the stress and tension identified by reflexology, then you should consult a licensed health care provider for a diagnosis. Reflexologists are not licensed to diagnose within health care.

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Does reflexology treat disease?

No. A qualified Registered Certified Reflexologist will never diagnose or name a disease, prescribe or adjust a client's medication, or treat for a specific condition. Reflexology is a complement to your medical doctor's care, but is not meant to replace it.

Doctors do agree that 75% of our health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension. Frequently disease is alleviated or managed by the reduction of stress and tension provided by reflexology.

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Are there any potential serious side effects of reflexology?

No. Reflexology is essentially harmless.

The therapeutic relaxation that reflexology produces facilitates the body's release of toxins. On very rare occasions this release of toxins may bring about perspiration, a nauseous feeling, a headache, or a bad taste in the mouth. These minor discomforts are evidence of the body's healing process, are very temporary and are not serious. Should you experience any discomfort after a reflexology session that is not temporary, then you should assume that its cause is independent of the reflexology and take the appropriate remedial actions.

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I'm skeptical. Will I receive any benefit in a first seesion?

Yes! Reflexology relieves stress and tension and deeply relaxes people independent of their beliefs about it. Many very skeptical people have become strong advocates for reflexology after experiencing it. Try it with an open mind and find out for yourself how you respond to reflexology. Each person has his or her own unique response.

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Is reflexology similar to other treatments like massage or acupuncture?

Reflexology is not the same as massage. Massage involves tissue and muscle therapy to promote relaxation, which is a different approach than reflexology.

Reflexology is similar to acupuncture as both take into account meridians of the body within their methodology. However, reflexology focuses on the manipulation of the reflexes of the meridians of the body through pressure on select nerve endings of the feet and hands while acupuncture and acupressure therapy strive to improve the flow of energy ("Chi") along meridians by reducing or eliminating blockages.

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What training does a reflexologist receive?

A Certified Reflexologist completes classroom theory instruction and home study. Studies include the study of basic human anatomy, system disorders and how to work on them. Hands-on practice is also a vital part of certification; students must complete hours of practical documented treatments including practical reviews with their instructor. Case studies, practical and written examinations must also be completed for a reflexologist to receive certification in Canada

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  • Halton Chiropractic and Wellness
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    ON L6K 3T7
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  • If our office is closed and you need immediate attention, please call one of the following doctors:
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