Q) So, Bridget, you’re very well known in Buxton and so is ‘the little black and white hut opposite the train station’. For how long have you been running the Natural Health Practice?

A) I’ve been running the practice for 21 years now! Our premises used to be a sweet shop, which some of my clients still remember. It’s a lovely little space and is actually a listed building – It used to be the ladies’ waiting room for the train station. After 21 years though, the building is well established as a natural health centre offering a range of treatments including reflexology, hypnotherapy, massage, emotional freedom techniques, NLP and counselling.

Q) And you’re a Master Reflexologist – How long have you been doing this for? Tell me how you got started.

 

A) From an early age, I was interested. I started doing massage when I was just 15, which I then went on to teach. Not long after that I started my reflexology training. I introduced it to the local area – No-one had heard of it back then!

Q) Nowadays it’s easy for someone to get a certificate saying they do reflexology, and it’s often included in other complementary therapy trainings. Was it different when you trained? What was your training like?

A) It was very different when I trained. For a start, I trained in pure reflexology and I trained for 8 years altogether, including refreshers and making sure I was up-to-date. I trained in London and Birmingham. The training was very comprehensive and involved theory, anatomy and physiology and, of course, hands-on work. I loved it. I even enjoyed the exams! It wasn’t a chore to study. I worked very hard studying and practising. I was awarded my Advanced Reflexology by Stanford Academy. And after that, I was even approached by the Federation who wanted me to do talks and introduce the new techniques I’d developed myself. I’ve always loved reflexology; it’s my passion.

Q) Can you tell me what reflexology is and how it works?

 

A) Reflexology is an ancient Chinese technique, and is proven to work on physical, mental and emotional conditions. It’s a non-invasive therapy and is based on balancing the body’s’ energy through reflexes in the feet. The feet are essentially a map of the body, so every bit of the foot represents and connects with an organ, a joint, and each and every part of the system. Reflexology involves stimulating the relevant zones of the feet, through massage or acupressure-like movements, unblocking meridians and working to rebalance the body and body functions. All the bodily systems can be affected through stimulating the feet in the relevant zones: the sinuses, the heart, the adrenals, the respiratory system, the urinary tract, the hormones. When I see and feel a foot, I’m looking at the whole person: the general health of the body, the mind, and the emotional balance too. For example, if the underside of a foot is pale, I know the person is run-down. I read the feet so I know what part of the system needs to be unblocked and stimulated. Through working on the feet, it’s possible to create changes throughout the system.

Q) What kinds of issues is reflexology good for? What kinds of problems do you help people with?

 

A) The most common issues I help my clients with are stress, depression, and problems relating to hormones, people who are generally feeling run-down with low energy. Reflexology is also very good for migraines, IBS, anxiety, problems with sinuses, joints, and circulation, and menstrual and muscular problems.

Q) And what kind of results can people expect from reflexology with you?

A) I’ve seen a lot of women were desperate to get pregnant and had had IVF. I’ve seen women who were advised to stop IVF because it wasn’t working and they were told they probably weren’t going to get pregnant. I’ve had a lot of success with women in that situation. With IBS, clients can expect to achieve a rebalanced bowel function. Also, I’ve had excellent results with stress, anxiety and depression. Another area where clients can expect to notice a significant change is with issues relating to the lymphatic system – If someone is carrying too much fluid, it can cause pain and discomfort. I’ve had great success with this too. I recommend 3 treatments over 3 weeks, and then follow ups as required. Clients usually start to notice positive changes after the second session.

Q) What do you most enjoy about your work and about running the Natural Health Practice?

 

A) The results! Seeing the difference in people between the first and the third treatment is very rewarding. My work with is all about getting people well so they can enjoy the best quality of life that’s possible for them. By helping keep them balanced and feeling good they can live life to the full.

Q) And is there anything else you want to tell us about what goes on here at the Natural Health Practice?

 

A) Here at the Natural Health Practice, we deal with minds and bodies. We deal with the whole person, physically, emotionally and mentally. It gives me great joy that between myself and my colleagues, we can help people and provide all their minds and bodies need. My team are very professional, top-grade therapists who practise complete confidentiality. It gives our clients great peace of mind knowing we can offer it all here under one roof. And that really pleases me.

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