So you are living with fibroymyalgia. And I bet you are fed up hearing that it’s all in the head? I have just presented at the Wiltshire Branch Fibromyalgia Research UK, where attendees gathered to hear about reflexology and some joined us over a live feed. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet some lovely people and to explain how reflexology could help them.

In my work as a reflexologist I have many clients with fibromyalgia and their problems, although unique to them, are probably familiar to you.

One of my clients books in for a weekly treatment because she loves how it makes her feel.

Her entire body relaxes and she falls asleep and feels refreshed at the end. On occasion her feet have felt too sore and painful for the treatment and when this happens she describes the sensation as being a cross between pins and needles and being stabbed in the feet while walking on pebbles.

Now I can imagine the pins and needles.
I can imagine the stabbing pain.
I can imagine walking on pebbles……

…but what I can’t imagine is experiencing all three simultaneously and continuously. As someone who doesn’t have fibromyalgia I think that’s possibly the closest I’ll get to understanding how you may feel at any given time.

Another client is a successful business woman who goes from being all over her business – organised, efficient, enterprising and energetic to collapsing in a complete heap during a flare up. Headaches, pain and fatigue wear her down and for days everything is impossibly difficult. Once she’s had her treatment she feels so much better and some of her symptoms dissipate.

There are others too like a lady who has been seeing me for about two years and has managed to reduce her amitriptyline from 30mg a night to just 10mg – which has been a significant breakthrough. Her sleep has improved and she’s thrilled that she’s not on so much medication.

The one thing these clients have in common, is the deep relaxation they experience in my treatment room. It’s a quiet space where for an hour or so, they can totally switch off from the world, close their eyes and drift away as I work on their feet and soothe and calm their bodies and minds.

It really is astounding how this disease suddenly flares up and how you need to be watchful and mindful of absolutely everything you do. Exercise which is potentially a really effective therapy for fibromyalgia is mostly impossible for many of you – as you don’t feel well enough to do it.

We all know that exercise is important for improving blood circulation by stimulating your muscles to help the heart circulate blood around your body and to all your organs but if you don’t feel up to doing it you sit or lie down.

Gravity is then cruel and makes it difficult for your heart to pump blood to your feet, ankles and lower legs where the blood pools leading to swollen and puffy ankles, feet and legs. Oedema is yet another problem you may be dealing with. One reflexology protocol that may help with this is Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage which concentrates on draining the lymphatic system and can provide a significant reduction to swelling issues.

Fibromyalgia has no known cause and no real cure so most relief comes from significant pharmacological intervention, which has its place, of course. However, natural therapies can also be accessed and holistic treatments such as reflexology and massage can play a role in relieving the symptoms of this disease.

Reflexology rebalances your body and mind and offers respite from symptoms of diss-ease, chronic pain and illness. It moderates pain by increasing your pain threshold and tolerance level which is beneficial to your wellbeing. Your mood improves as tension is released and relaxation and calm restored. It truly is a wonderful therapy and I’d love for you to come and experience it.

I offer 1 hour reflexology sessions, although your first will include a free 30 minute consultation during which we will discuss your needs and agree a treatment programme. Each subsequent treatment will last an hour and it is generally recommended that a course of 4-6 weekly sessions is considered; however, the frequency and duration is up to the individual based on the level of support required. After completing a course of sessions, many people find it beneficial to have regular treatments to maintain well-being.

All you need to do is bring your feet and wear comfortable trousers/skirt or jeans that can be rolled up. You’ll recline on my couch, covered with a blanket and drift away…. It would be lovely to meet you, so do give me a call on 07850 414271 for further information or to book an appointment.

Yvette x