Reflexology with Alena

Alena Standova

Alena Standova

Alena’s training is as a holistic therapist, acknowledging the role that emotion, body and spirit can play in maintaining good health. Alena’s focus in a treatment is on supporting your own body’s healing ability. The feet are seen as a way to access and stimulate this process.

 

NEW reflexology class starting 18th October 2017

 

Alena’s practice

Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the belief that the entire body is mirrored within the feet. Stored emotions, trauma’s and mind states are likewise believed to be mirrored in these places. By working on the feet, reflexology thus seeks to access and bring healing to any of these aspects within the body. Alena can also use the hands and the head for treatments, which provide alternative avenue’s ‘into’ the body.

The best results from reflexology come from focusing on the person as a whole, rather than focusing on treating the symptoms themselves. The symptom is seen only as a result of a physical, energetic or emotional imbalance.

Alena’s approach is very intuitive as well as she tailors the treatment to each individual’s needs based on the initial consultation and visual and tactile foot examination. She uses wide variety of relaxation and reflex techniques and adjusts the pressure to the person’s need. Each treatment is very unique. Alena also uses reiki healing in the treatments where it is needed.

Alena uses only high quality organic body lotions for the treatments. You will have choice from several different scents.

An initial session lasts one and half hours, allowing time at the start for an initial consultation where detailed medical history is taken and aftercare advice. Follow-up sessions are one hour, which also allows us time for reflection on your healing process. Optional 1.5 hr follow-up includes also head & face and/or hand reflexology for even deeper relaxation and completion.

‘…. Alena has a far reaching sensitivity and a deep sincerity that create an atmosphere where healing can take place’ K.N. 2009 (Art Therapist)

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Reflexology and mindfulness

Mindfulness meditation and practice is based on Buddhist techniques which aim to achieve a relaxed, non-judgemental awareness of thoughts, feelings, emotions and the sensations of the body. Being more mindful could be also described as having better control over our attention. Mindfulness can be practiced during any activity be it meditation practice, walking, washing-up or at work…Benefits of mindfulness include being better able to cope with stresses of everyday life, improved sleep and ability to relax, better concentration and decision making, promotes kindness towards yourself and others…Research findings from 8-week mindfulness course available on NHS show significant improvements in:


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*anxiety
*depression
*stress
*sexual difficulties
*immune function
*feelings of well-being
During reflexology sessions I encourage my clients to focus on their breath and the body sensations without making any judgements. Reflexology itself helps with bringing the awareness towards the body, thus getting out of our heads and staying present with ourselves in the moment, which is powerful mindfulness practice. I am happy to support clients with finding their individual simple exercises of practicing mindfulness everyday at home. I have recently trained in ‘Mindful Reflexology-Supporting stress, anxiety and depression.’

Benefits of treatment

Most people find reflexology extremely relaxing. Some go to sleep, others find they gain spontaneous insight (or images) relevant to their lives and health. Reflexology has a reputation for:

• Reducing stress and the consequences of stress
• Encouraging the clearing of emotional and physical congestion
• Relieving tensions and consequences of tensions
• Deep relaxation and the healing state this induces
• Increasing body awareness and general sense of well-being

Reflexology researcher A.J. Mc Vicar has found reflexology profoundly reduced the anxiety ‘state’. The reduction was consistent with ‘an increased feeling of ease and a reduction in anxiety’.

The application of caring human touch is therapeutic on its own. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, your own process of healing can be greatly supported and stimulated.

‘Thanks to Alena’s treatment, not only my health started improving but it also inspired me in becoming a reflexologist myself and acquire this great knowledge of improving peoples lives through reflexology.’
Hasnaa R. August 2012

The history of the feet for healing therapy

The first evidence of healing methods using the feet has been found in a script from the Yellow Emperor from the 3rd millenium BC. Ancient Egyptian wall paintings in the tomb of a physician named Ankhmahor (2330 BC) suggest that massaging the feet therapeutically may well have been part of a physician’s skills. In the ancient practice of Ayurveda in India ‘marma’ points on the feet are used therapeutically, whilst in America, the Cherokee tribe (amongst others) have a tradition of working with the feet for promoting healing.

Today’s modern refelexology has developed from the research and practice of American doctor William Fitzgerald and his student physiotherapist Eunice Ingham. It is not fully known where Dr. Fitzgerald developed his interest, but he is thought to have taken inspiriation from Native American tribes and from further medical training in Austria. Eunice Ingham developed the form of pressure techniques on the foot practiced today as reflexology, though practitioners today recognise that there are a number different therapeutic models to work from.

 

Coming back to earth

Our lack of physical contact with the earth (not least because of shoes and concrete!) may mean that we loose the constant reflection that the relationship between our feet and the ground give us. One only has to try walking barefoot to experience how much more we are able to be aware of our body when are feet are in contact with the ground.

Alena believes that the lack of contact with the earth mirrors our lack of contact with our true selves.

It is therefore not surprising that a common experience of people following a treatment is of a sense of being more in their bodies and more in touch with their emotions. She believes that deepening their physical and emotional awarness is the essential step to wellbeing.

‘I can’t believe how different I feel. I have been reminded of my calm core.’  C.S. August 2013

Alena Standova

Alena Standova is a passionate therapist. She trained with the Maitri foundation, completing the training in early 2009. Alena also completed Reiki 2 in August 2011 and Shiatsu Foundation Course. Alena is a member of The Association of Physical and Natural Therapists (APNT) and British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA) and works under a code of professional ethics and accountability.

She is also an organic and biodynamic horticulturalist and designs and tends her medicinal herb garden alongside running her practice as a therapist.

Alena can be contacted on 07896 361 766

Treatments are available in Stroud at Cotswold Health Centre

tel. 01453 767 600

 

Prices: Initial session (90min) £50

Follow-up (60 min) £40,  Optional 90 min follow-up  ( including also head & face and/or hand reflexology ) £55

(concessions rates available on request prior the appointment – contact Alena on 07896 36 17 66)

Cancellations: Please kindly give at least 48 hour notice of  a cancellation. Please note that cancellations made within less than 24 hours of the appointment will be now charged for in full. 

Alena also runs Reflexology workshops