The Canterbury Therapist Reflexology and Therapy with Geraldine Knights

Treatments offered. Feet

Reflexology


Reflexology has its roots in Ancient Egypt, India and China. It was developed into the therapy we know today in America in the 1930s by Eunice Ingham who is known as the Mother of Modern Reflexology. She was the first to map the body onto the feet.

Reflexology is a holistic therapy which works to balance the body as a whole and not just on specific symptoms. Reflexology helps the body return to its natural equilibrium; a state where the body has a better chance to heal itself. Reflexology may help in the relief of back pain, migraine, sleep problems, hormonal imbalances, stress-related digestive disorders and other stress-related conditions.
During a treatment, pressure is applied to reflex points in the feet which, according to Eunice Ingham's map, correspond to various organs and structures of the body. This helps to stimulate the natural action of that organ when the stresses and strains of everyday life have knocked it off kilter. The client remains clothed throughout, apart from removing shoes and socks.

A typical treatment lasts approximately one hour (allow one and a half hours for an initial health consultation followed by treatment).

I also offer Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage.


Treatments offered. IHM

Indian Head Massage


Indian Head Massage is a treatment that has evolved from traditional grooming techniques that have been practised within Indian families for thousands of years. Although it was originally restricted just to the head, it has now been "westernised" to include the upper back, shoulders, upper arms and neck - all places which hold stress and muscle tension.

Indian Head Massage is a deeply relaxing treatment with many physiological and psychological benefits. It improves the circulation of blood and oxygen to the head neck and shoulders and aids in the elimination of toxins and other products from these areas. This may result in improved condition of the hair and skin, greater concentration and may relieve eyestrain. Indian Head Massage can help to relax muscle and nerve fibres in the treated areas and may help to reduce tension as well as stimulating the production of endorphins - the body's natural pain killers. It can help to slow down and deepen breathing, slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure. It encourages the body to rest and relax, all of which may assist the body to repair itself.

A typical treatment is carried out with the client seated in an upright position. Massage starts with the upper back and shoulders, proceeds to the arms and then to the neck, scalp and hair, and finishes with the face and ears. Indian Head Massage can be applied through clothing or with a towel wrapped round the client and oil applied directly to the skin, depending upon the client's own preference.

Treatment lasts approximately 45 minutes (allow one and a quarter hours for an initial health consultation and treatment)


Treatments offered. Stones

Hot Stone Therapy


Geraldine is now qualified to offer hot stone therapy


Treatments offered. Rosie Ears

Thermo-Auricular Therapy

Also known as Hopi Ear Candling


The use of ear candles has a rich and ancient history in many diverse cultures. In one form or another it was practised by the Aztecs, Greeks, Romans and Egyptians as well as across Europe. The Native American Hopi Indian tribe in Arizona used rolled waxed leaves infused with various herbs and it is from them that the term Hopi Ear candles originates.

Practitioners of Thermo-Auricular Therapy use modern Hopi ear candles produced by Biosun. They are hand-made using a traditional recipe and contain pure beeswax, honey extract, sage, St John's wort and camomile. All Biosun candles conform to EU regulation 93/42/EEC.

During a treatment, the client lies on one side and the candle is lit and inserted in the uppermost ear. The burning candle, which is a hollow tube, produces a light suction which generates a massage-like effect on the eardrum. This helps to loosen impacted ear wax on the eardrum which may have affected hearing. With a series of treatments, the wax will make its own way out of the ear without the intervention of earbuds or tweezers. The vibrations across the eardrum may also help to reduce excess pressure within the inner ear. Both ears are treated within one treatment session. The treatment culminates in a light facial massage to help drain the sinuses and to promote relaxation.

Ear candling is a deeply relaxing and calming experience and may help with stress relief. It also helps to stimulate all parts of the ears, nose and throat as well as the sinuses, which are all interconnected. It may help with the following conditions: migraines and tension headaches; persistent colds and sore throats; blocked sinuses; glue ear; hearing problems due to wax build-up; snoring; ear disorders; stress and anxiety.

A typical treatment lasts about 45 minutes (allow up to one hour for an initial health consultation and treatment).


Treatments offered. Face

Facial Reflexology


Like foot reflexology, facial reflexology works on points on the face which relate to areas and systems of the body to release tension and energy to allow the body to return to its natural balance and to promote healing. Where it differs from foot reflexology is that a treatment covers several different body maps, rooted in different cultures as diverse as South American nomadic tribes and Vietnamese medicine.

Facial reflexology was developed over a number of years by Lone Sorensen Lopez, a Danish reflexologist and acupuncturist. Facial Reflexology is particularly effective as the points on the face are directly related to the central nervous system so positive results come quickly.

A typical treatment lasts approximately one hour (allow up to one and a half hours for an initial health consultation and treatment). The client lies on a couch, fully clothed, while the face and scalp are worked on.


Treatments offered. Facial

Luxury Facial


Why not treat yourself to a luxury facial? A deeply relaxing treatment which leaves your skin feeling fresh and healthy and your complexion glowing. A luxury facial includes deep cleansing, exfoliation to remove the dead skin cells which can make your complexion look dull, steam followed by a face mask to open up the pores and clear out blockages, a relaxing hand massage (to kill the time whilst the face mask does its stuff!) a face, neck, decolletage and shoulder massage to stimulate the circulation which in turn nourishes the skin and helps to eliminate toxins (and frankly feels just great!) all topped off with moisturiser and eye cream. Why not combine it with eyebrow threading (only £6 when combined with another treatment) to finish off the new look?


Treatments offered. Pedicure

Manicure And Pedicure


I used to think of manicure and pedicure as purely beauty treatments, but the more I have done, the more I have seen the holistic benefits of these treatments. Never underestimate how much it lifts your spirits to look down and admire your elegant hands or pearly toe nails. If you look good, you feel good and if you feel good, you look good! Get the picture?

There's a range of treatments to suit your needs and budget:

An express treatment for a quick boost to your confidence would be nail shaping and polish (or if you don't like nail varnish, you can have your nails buffed to a natural shine, you won't be able to stop admiring!).

A mid-range treatment is a standard manicure and standard pedicure. The manicure includes cuticle removal, nail shaping, nail buffing, a hand massage, nail polish. The pedicure includes cuticle remover, nail shaping, exfoliant, foot massage and nail polish.

But why not go the whole hog and treat yourself (or someone else) to the luxury manicure or luxury pedicure (or both!). The luxury manicure includes cuticle removal, nail shaping, nail buffing, exfoliant, hand mask, massage (up to the elbow!) and nail polish. The luxury pedicure includes cuticle removal, nail shaping, exfoliant, foot mask, massage to the knee and nail polish.


Threading


The use of threading to remove facial hair is widespread in Asia but is relatively new in the West. However, its popularity is gaining fast as the benefits become well-known.

Threading is performed using a length of pure cotton thread, twisted to catch the hairs and remove them from the root. Like most methods of hair removal by the root, threading is not entirely pain-free but as no products or heat are applied to the skin (as in waxing), it's ideal for those with sensitive skin. For the delicate eye area, threading is great because the skin isn't pulled or stretched. With threading, it's possible to remove a line of hairs at once which means it's quicker than "tweezer-ing" and provides a really accurate line.

You've probably seen threading carried out in some of the high street chain stores and even in shopping malls; maybe you've wanted to try it for yourself in somewhere a little less public? Come and try threading in my private therapy room without any spectators watching!

Why not combine threading with another treatment for a discounted price?


NLP


Geraldine Knights is now a qualified hypnotherapist and Neuro-linguistic Programming master practitioner. More information to follow soon.

To find out how you may be helped by hypnotherapy and NLP, please call 07982 507 661 to arrange a free, no obligation, consultation.



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