Michelle Targett WMSCh , MPSPract , IIHHT

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Feet 1st 4 U

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Reflexology, Chiropody and Well-being Treatments
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" Once you care for yourself the daily stresses seem more manageable."

Welcome to Feet 1st 4 U

Experience the Art of Foot Care
Why Reflexology
 Reflexology uses a unique combination of finger and thumb pressure applied to these reflex points to promote positive physiological changes in the body. Stimulating these reflexes can help with many health problems in a natural way. Reflexology treatment is tailored to each individual clients and seeks to restore balance improve circulation and blood supply to the body. It encourages relaxation and invigorates the health.
Why Chiropody
A Chiropody appointment will include a consultation, examination of the feet and treatment. Hard Skin/Calluses/Verrucae/Corns/Fungal infections of the Skin and Nails/Thickened nails/Cracked heels/ingrown nails/wounds. Looking after your feet with regular visits to a chiropodist can dramatically improve mobility and maintain fit, active pain free feet.
Why Massage
Massage therapy is more than relaxing me-time. Studies continue to prove the physical, and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session. As the number of proven health benefits grows, so do the number of customers who turn to Feet 1st 4 U for a more balanced lifestyle.

Health Benefits to our Treatments

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Reflexology
Reflexology for Diabetes is a very effective treatment, as it helps to control blood sugar levels. The other uses of reflexology include:

Better functioning of the kidney

Improvement in blood flow

Relaxing the body from stress and the day’s fatigue

Reduction of pain (joint pains, kidney stones, AIDS, chest pain etc)

Controlling blood sugar levels

Keeping account of any changes in the feet since your last visit

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Chiropody
Sport demands a lot of our feet, so we need to take extra care of them.

Playing sport regularly is a great thing: it’s enjoyable, good for our health, our mind and recommended by medical professionals everywhere.

However exercise can have a distinctly unhealthy effect on our feet. When we run, our body weight is multiplied up to three times, with our feet bearing the brunt of this stress at every stride (over 1,000 strides per mile, per foot).

An average-sized man will process 112 tons of weight through each limb per mile.

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Fertility
Reflexology practitioners believe that by massaging the feet in certain places toxins can be removed from the body, circulation can be improved and the endocrine system that regulates hormone production can be brought into balance, all of which are said to help promote fertility.

However, reflexology is also known for its ability to relieve tension and promote the ability to sleep, all of which can help minimise the stresses that are so often associated with trying to get pregnant it is possible that it may indirectly help you conceive by reducing stress and generally making your body a better place to grow a baby. All in all, there is no guarantee that it will work however if you are open to more alternative therapies and enjoy having your feet massaged, it may be worth giving it a try.

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  • Professional, Friendly Service
  • Improve Circulation
  • Invigorate Your Health
  • Gift Yourself Pain Free Feet
  • Recommended By Many!
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Reflexology

The ancient Chinese practice of reflexology, a manual therapy focusing on the feet, has recently enjoyed a surge in popularity as a modern holistic therapy to relieve pain and stress. Reflexologists believe that different areas on your feet and hands correspond to other parts of your body, and massaging them stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system to heal itself. For 3,000 years Chinese practitioners have used reflexology to re-balance Qi (the life force flowing through energy channels) to treat a number of conditions. It can work alongside conventional Western medical medicine to promote healing and improve wellbeing and vitality.

What does it involve?

On your initial consultation, your reflexologist may ask you about your medical history, health issues, lifestyle and diet. They will then apply painless pressure to your feet using their thumb and forefinger to identify which areas of your body aren’t functioning properly, sessions usually last 45 to 60 minutes and focus on the soles of your feet, unless you are very ticklish, in which case they can massage your hands. Some reflexologists use five or six sessions to treat specific health conditions and you do not have to undress.

How does it work?

Reflexology is based on the Chinese principle that certain areas on the soles of your feet or hands – known as reflex zones – containing millions of nerve endings, correspond to other parts of the body. Around 3,000 years ago, Asian practitioners were massaging hands and feet applying pressure to certain points to stimulate organs, nerve endings and energy pathways to promote health, says O’Connell. Though reflexology works on different principles to Western medicine, and there is little scientific evidence to back up its effectiveness, my clients say that their general health and wellbeing improves. The Chinese believe that reflexology stimulates the body into healing itself by improving circulation, reducing stress, pain and restoring natural balance. A therapist may massage your big toe and ankle to calm your endocrine and reproductive system, helping relieve PMS or menopausal symptoms.

Diabetes Footcare

Diabetes foot care is vital. Persons suffering from diabetes need to be extra careful with their feet. Infections of diabetic feet can be most serious, in some cases requiring amputation of the feet. People with diabetes tend to heal more slowly from cuts, sores and wounds, because the body’s processes that fight infection tend to respond more slowly. Moreover, diabetics – and the aged – often have poor blood circulation and this slows down the healing process even further. As poor blood circulation affects those parts of the body farthest from the heart, the feet are the most prone to be affected. This is why diabetes foot care is particularly important. In addition, diabetes can cause nerve damage in the feet, and such damage often go undetected.Diabetes can also affect the joints, making them stiffer. Other complications that may arise from diabetes include kidney disease, which affects proteins that are involved in wound healing, and failing eyesight which prevents the diabetic patient from checking for foot problems.

Because these are serious conditions, diabetes foot care is best left in the hands of footcare professionals, such as chiropodists and podiatrists. If you have diabetes, consult your chiropodist / podiatrist for the care of corns, calluses, in-grown toe nails and other foot problems.

Take heed of your chiropodist’s / podiatrist’s advice.Do not attempt self diabetes foot care at home. A number of things can go wrong and this may worsen the infection:

For example, because of nerve damage, the diabetes sufferer may wound himself (while cutting toenails, scratching, and so on) without realising it.

Nerve damage can also cause numbness of the feet. But because the feet feels little or no sensation, you may continue to walk and exert pressure on the affected area, causing further damage to the joints.

Foot ulcers are a common complication due to diabetic foot. Such ulcers are often caused by excessive pressure on an area, which results in the skin breaking down. They often occur under corns and calluses. It normally takes a while for diabetic foot ulcers to heal. Proper diabetes foot care by a chiropodist / podiatrist will involve easing pressure from the affected area and using good wound dressings. This will speed up the healing process as well as prevent the condition from worsening.

Massage

Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.

While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

Anxiety Digestive disorders Fibromyalgia Headaches Insomnia related to stress Myofascial pain syndrome Paresthesias and nerve pain Soft tissue strains or injuries Sports injuries