Josie Hipperson

Reflexology is an ancient form of healing known to man for many thousands of years. It recognises that the body has a capacity to heal itself. It was first practised by the early Indian, Egyptian and Chinese people. In 1913 Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose and throat surgeon, introduced this therapy to the West. He observed that by applying pressure on specific parts of the body there was a natural anaesthetising effect on a related area. Developing his theory, he divided the body into ten equal vertical zones, ending in fingers and toes. He concluded that pressure on one part of a zone could affect everything else within that zone. Thus, reflex areas on the feet and hands are linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.

In the 1930's a therapist, Eunice Ingham, further developed the zone theory into what is known today as reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrors congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body. A treatment of the whole foot can therefore have a relaxing and healing effect on the whole body.

How is Reflexology of help to you?
The body has the ability to heal itself. Reflexology is complementary to orthodox medicine. It is a completely safe and non-invasive treatment. After any illness, disease, injury or stress, your body is in a state of "imbalance" and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. This is where reflexology can be of help, enabling the body to restore and maintain the natural equilibrium and encourage healing. Tension is eased; improvement is also found in areas of circulation and elimination. This relaxing therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counter-acting a lifetime of misuse. Reflexology treats the whole person rather than the symptoms of illness.

Reflexology can have beneficial effects on: Stress, Asthma, Bronchitis, Depresssion, Digestive Disorders, IBS, Migraine, Back problems, Insomnia, PMS, Sciatica and many other ailments.

The Treatment - What Happens?
After an initial consultation the treatment will begin by using a gentle pressure to the minute pressure points on the feet. For each individual the application and effect is unique to them. There may be a slight discomfort in some places indicating an imbalance in a corresponding part of the body. These blockages can be released and the natural flow of energy to the whole body be restored.

A course of treatment varies in length, depending on your body's needs. After the first one or two treatments your body may respond in a very definite way. You may experience a complete feeling of well-being and relaxation; or you may feel lethargic, nauseous or tearful. This is temporary. This is vital information to the Reflexologist as it shows how your body is responding to the treatment.


Massage is a holistic therapy because it treats the whole person.

Massage is a form of tissue manipulation which has developed over thousands of years. From ancient China, where it has been recorded from 3,000BC to present day Europe, where it has been used for the promotion and restoration of health. It is a non-threatening non-invasive therapy.

For ancient Greeks massage formed part of their everyday life. Herodicus, a 5th century physician and teacher of Hippocrates, wrote about the benefits of massage. His student Hippocrates, later known as the Father of Medicine, believed that all doctors needed to know how to use massage for healing purposes.

For Romans massage was centre to a whole ritual. In Roman times massage was used for treating stiff and sore muscles and joints, during disease, strengthening the constitution and improving circulation. Gladiators were given massage before and after their bouts of fighting. Julius Caesar had massage daily.

Galen, a Greek physician, but who worked for the Roman Emperor wrote many medical books stressing the use of massage for health purposes.

How is Massage of help to you?
Massage manipulates the soft tissue of the body, particularly muscles. Massage is beneficial to all body systems and is a natural and effective way to treat both physical conditions and psychological problems. It can be used for relaxation, stimulation or rehabilitation of the whole body or parts of it. It promotes suppleness of muscles, improves circulation and reduces stress.


Ear candles are an ancient and natural therapy that have been used by many civilisations such as Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, as well as Asian and Siberian. They were, however, brought to the modern world and made the most influence through the North American Hopi Indians, from where the Hopi Ear Candle therapy has derived its name.

The treatment is a non-invasive treatment. The treatment is a holistic way of syringing the ears and helping to draw out wax and impurities from the ear. It also helps to stimulate blood flow and helps to relieve sinus problems.

The candles that I use are Biosun. They are made in Germany and have obtained the prestigious CE Mark (93/42 - EEC) for medical devices in Europe. They are made of unbleached, pesticide-free cotton, 100% beeswax, honey extracts, essential oil of sage, crushed traditional Indian medicinal herbs (mainly sage and camomile) and betacarotene.

Hopi Ear Candling can benefit: Relieving stress and tension, Sinusitis, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Headaches and Migraines, Menieres Disease.

What Happens During a Treatment?
After an initial consultation you will be asked to lie down on your side. Once you are comfortable the Hopi Ear Candle is gently inserted into the ear. When lighted the ear candle has a slight sucking action (a chimney effect), which draws any impurities to the surface where they can be removed. The rising air inside the ear sets up a vibration gently massaging the eardrum. The flow of air within the candle creates a circulation of concentrated vapour. Most impurities or deposits are carried away through the candle "chimney". Some of these impurities and deposits can be found in the lower section of the candle once it has been removed from the ear. Some wax can work its way up to the surface 24/48 hours after the treatment. When the treatment on one ear is complete, you will be asked to turn over to lie of your other side for the treatment to be carried out on your other ear.

Ear candling should not be carried out if you have:
Perforated eardrum
Grommets, ventilation tubes, auricular drains
Inflammation of the ear
Skin disease around the ear
Recent ear surgery
Auricular cysts
Acute Mastoiditis
Otospongiousis (ankylosis of the stapes)
Ear tumour
Any condition of the ear for which you are currently receiving medical treatment, without first consulting your doctor


The healing practice of Thai Herbal Compress therapy dates back nearly 5,000 years. Although some scholars believe the therapy was first introduced to Thailand by monks from India, who established the first Buddhist monasteries in Thailand around 200BC. Others believe it originated from rural folk medicine and was passed on by word of mouth through an unbroken chain of masters, or through secret manuscripts that changed hands from teacher to student.

The herbal therapy was designed to relieve pain and inflammation. A selection of therapeutic herbs, including prai, ginger, tumeric and lemongrass are wrapped in muslin compress steamed and then applied to the body in gentle pressing, circular and rolling movements. The compresses are used to relieve sprains, muscle and tendon sprains, joint stiffness, inflammation and help to stimulate the circulation of the blood. The compresses can also give benefit to anxiety, exhaustion, rheumatism, arthritis, migraine, headaches, MS, PMT, despression, asthma, menopause, insomnia and tension.

In Thailand the herbal compress is called Luk Pra Kob, which translated means "herbal pressing sphere".

The herbal ball provides aromatherapy, thermal therapy and herbal therapy all at once.

Herbal compress therapy retains its popularity in Thailand and is offered through the country - from store front massage establishments to high end spas, to the Traditional Thai assage School in the temple of Wat Pho in Bangkok


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