World Reflexology Week and Workplace Wellbeing

It is World Reflexology Week from Monday 18th- Sunday 24 September and this year’s theme is corporate or workplace reflexology.

Read on to find out how  In Touch Therapies started out offering reflexology in the workplace and the benefits it can bring.

Workplace Wellbeing Sessions from In Touch Therapies

Workplace Wellbeing- World Reflexology Week 2017 logoI started my own journey to become a complementary therapist 10 years ago. I was part of a lucky team who received monthly treatments at the office I worked in. A local therapist would base herself in a room in our office and gave us 30-minute treatments during our working day. Back then we organised this ourselves and we all looked forward to our half an hour of time for us. Personally, I found it decreased my stress levels and eased the aches and pains that you can experience sitting at computers for long periods of time.

We certainly all noticed a difference when our therapist was no longer able to offer us treatments and this very positive experience set me on the path that I am on today.

I have been offering workplace wellbeing sessions, (as I like to call them!) for four years now and have delivered them in a range of settings, from IT to the NHS.  I used my network of friends and colleagues that I built up over 20 years in social work. My most successful contact was through a good friend in a management position in a housing association that I had worked alongside when I was a social worker. My friend linked me in here to the Human Resources (HR) Team and made use of the Healthy Working Lives Scheme to encourage and sustain the involvement of the staff and senior management. I have been delivering the sessions, twice a month, for three years.

The appointments are co-ordinated for me there by an HR Officer and the HR manager. Both receive regular treatments and give and share positive feedback from staff in relation to improvements in their wellbeing and stress levels and alleviation of ailments. The Chief Executive also books in for appointments and each time has fed back that the staff are benefiting from the regular treatments.

Spreading the word

Word is spreading in the organisation and the regular clients pass on their positive experience and I see new faces and feet every time I visit! Equally word has also spread to other local housing associations and after having moved recently I was also able to use testimonials and references to set up a new arrangement with another housing association which is more local to me. I have used this experience and used another friend as a contact to offer the sessions in a NHS setting and have since been invited back by the team after a very positive initial taster session.

In both settings, the employees offer services and support to the public in busy and often stressful circumstances. The staff share with me how much they value and appreciate their half hour, noting that it is helpful that In Touch comes to their workplace, making it easier to fit into their busy work and life schedules.

It is both a pleasure and privilege to be able to offer these sessions.  It is very rewarding as a therapist to hear regularly how the treatments have helped with symptoms, improved wellbeing and reduced aches and pains. But don’t take my word for it! Here are a few quotes from regulars and a recent taster session.

I have been attending the workplace wellbeing sessions with Fiona since January this year. The treatments are so relaxing, I nearly falling asleep during the massage. Fiona is also great at adapting each session to suit your needs. I hope our Health Working Lives group keeps running these sessions as I look forward to it every month.

Debbie, Queens Cross Housing Association

 Just wanted to say thank you so much for the therapy session I had with Fiona yesterday.  I had foot reflexology and it was fabulously relaxing as well as amazing how ‘problem’ areas in your body can be spotted and managed through your feet!  Would definitely pay to have this again.

All the staff who did have a session yesterday are of the same opinion – they would love for Fiona to come here on a regular basis. 

Patricia, NHS Lothian

Had a reflexology treatment and was immediately so impressed that I booked a block of sessions for the coming year, my feet felt great afterwards and I found the session so relaxing and was able to chill for 30 mins.

Looking forward to the next one.

Linda, Queens Cross Housing Association

I have been receiving 2 treatments per month at work for over a year now and I absolutely love the treatments provided by Fiona.  Fiona is such a lovely person and makes you feel so relaxed; in fact, during the treatment I’m nearly falling asleep!  I would recommend to anyone!

Gillian, Queens Cross Housing Association

Reflexology may be ‘as effective as pain killers’

Reflexology may be as effective as painkillers, according to a scientific survey

Foot reflexology imageDr Carol Samuels, a trained reflexologist and member of the Association of Reflexologists carried out her PhD research in this area and the findings were published in the Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. The above article outlines that reflexology could be used to complement conventional drug therapy in the treatment of conditions associated with pain such as osteoarthritis, backache and cancers.

Over half of my clients experience pain on a regular basis and have reported that reflexology has alleviated this discomfort. In order to explore this further I hope to undertake series of treatments focusing specifically on the pain experienced by a client who has osteoarthritis. Watch this space for updates on their progress and feedback.

Give the gift of relaxation this Christmas

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas?

In Touch Therapies Christmas VoucherGiven the busy run up to Christmas the chance to stop the world and relax with a treatment is the perfect Christmas gift.

In Touch would recommend Indian Head Massage as a relaxing treatment to recover from the festive period.

Head massage focuses on the scalp, neck, shoulders and back to ease aches, pains and tension in these areas. The use of essential oils and balms during massage promotes relaxation on a deeper level and is the perfect antidote for all the excesses of Christmas.

Contact for a voucher

Coming soon….watch this space to be able to pay for and download your own vouchers!

In Touch at St John’s Centre Perth Saturday 26 September

Did you know it is World Reflexology Week this week? Come along to the Tayside Association of Reflexologists Event for a free treatment *

A group of us will be providing treatments all day for a *small donation to the children’s cancer charity, Clic Sargent. It’s a great way to have a 20 minute treatment and to find out a bit more about reflexology. To find out more about the event click on this link below

WRW Event Flyer

What is reflexology?

This is a good information video from the Association of Reflexologists aimed at those who haven’t tried reflexology before.

What is Reflexology?