Local rugby team step forward ...!
Hope Street Centre Reflexologist, Caroline Fallon, gave six tasters to first team players and staff after their Thursday evening training session.
After a wonderful welcome and a helping hand from Stuart Battersby, Caroline met other clubhouse staff and found a prominent place to set up her equipment. She then saw her first willing participant, Chairman, Robin Astles, at around 7.30pm. The plan was to give 5 minutes of Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT), whilst the client was standing (weight bearing) and pressure points worked on top of the feet, plus 10 minutes on a comfortable reclining chair! In the end, due to time constraints, staff got a slightly more relaxing session, though there were some interesting comments (below) and good results from just the VRT bit!
Having had a shower and some food, then came three players, one after the other, to experience VRT. Even the fittest person in the team (so I'm told) took part. On the whole, players weren't complaining about any particular ailment, but, there were some signs of strain in the feet from all the heaving and pushing that evitably goes on in rugby games! And as we all know, even the fittest and best players get injured sometimes.
VRT and classical reflexology together can help to alleviate sports injuries such as stiff joints and sore backs, and improve recovery times. The feet often show why there is tension and pain in the body. Indeed, one of the first books ever written about reflexology, in 1938, was called 'Stories The Feet Can Tell Thru Reflexology' by a physiotherapist, Eunice D Ingham, who found reflexes in the feet relative to each and every organ and all parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help many problems in a natural way, just like preventive maintenance.
Following my sessions, these were some comments (keeping who said what to myself) to retain the 'macho' image in the club! Though real men do eat quiche, have a sensitive side and do have reflexology:
“Found it relaxing and felt brighter (in himself)”
“A kind of pick-me-up”
“Before the reflexology taster my nose seemed blocked...not mentioned this beforehand....but my head and nose cleared and breathing was easier”.
“My feet felt 'brighter' ...somehow! More energised and 'buzzzing'. A nice feeling all the same!”
Click here to take a look at Sandbach RUFC's review of the evening on their website.
“Really enjoyed experience...had no problem shutting my eyes”
Ann Webster, Marketing Manager at The Hope Street Centre, took photographs and answered questions while Caroline was doing her treatments.
Caroline wishes to thank everyone who participated and hopes that club members may soon be able to try a full treatment. Ann and Caroline wish you continuing success on the rugby field.
Reflexology treatments can be for ½ hour or one hour at The Hope Street Centre, (10 Hope Street), Sandbach. Caroline is offering members of the club a 15% discount off their first treatment.
For more information, make a booking and claim your discount, please contact Caroline Fallon MAR.
Tel: 01477 532444
Mob: 07977 579284
Some interesting F O O T F A C T S
Men’s feet are often much bigger and a man’s skin is about 25% thicker than a woman’s due to the
increased action of testosterone. The stratum corneum is thicker in men and the production of sebum differs.
The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates once claimed “when our feet hurt, we hurt all over”
1/4 of all bones in the human body are in the feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of your body!
There are 7,000 nerve endings on each foot. A pair of feet has approximately 250,000 sweat glands.
When running, the pressure on your feet can be 3 to 4 times your body weight!