I've always wanted to try reflexology. I've heard so many great things about the benefits that I felt it really was the right relaxation therapy for me. So on Saturday I took the plunge and tried out reflexology.
It took me a little while to decide where to go, but as I was in Manchester I thought I'd book somewhere in the city centre. I used Wahanda's website to help me pick my salon, which was a really great way to find the best place for me. Wahanda kindly gifted me a voucher to choose a therapy of my own choice, which luckily lead me to a little salon named Paloma's Beauty, in the Northern Quarter. Wahanda allows you to see past reviews of salons, without having to Google it and as Paloma's Beauty had 5 stars, I knew I had to try it out for myself.
I arrived at the cute little salon ready for my treatment and was greeted by two lovely ladies. Grace was my therapist who took me through and asked me to complete a health questionnaire to ensure it was safe to go ahead with the therapy. I was then taken through to the therapy room, which was a gorgeous smelling, quiet and calming room with some peaceful music, perfect for relaxing. Grace gave me a few minutes to get myself ready and onto the bed, then popped back to begin my therapy.
As I've never has reflexology before, I was a little unsure of what to expect. Grace began by giving me heated aromatherapy pouches, which she placed either side of my neck, one on my stomach and one over my eyes. These smelt incredible and had already taken me off to some relaxation paradise. The therapy began with a foot wash, then continued with the reflexology. Grace concentrated on one foot at a time and massaged and used pressure in the correct areas and up my calf. Grace uses a Balinese technique for massage, which is slightly more pressure than a Thai massage but feels incredible afterward. After working on each foot and lower leg, Grace put pressure on my upper arms, shoulders and around my neck to loosen any tightness. I then had smelling oils placed over my nose and encouraged to deep breath in the scent, which was a gorgeous calming, clearing aromatherapy, which was then massaged in to my temple and scalp. Finally the session finished with warm towels placed at my feet and legs to help remove any excess product and warm my muscles up a little.
After the half an hour session, I felt like a new woman. Grace was so calming and friendly and completely put me at ease. I don't know a great deal about complementary therapies but I do reflexology is targeted to help those that suffer with anxiety, stress, digestive problems, headaches/migraines and problems with sleep. I certainly left Paloma's beauty feeling relaxed and content. I also slept like a log the night after.
If you even a little bit curious about reflexology, I would 100% recommend you give it a go. Paloma's Beauty charges £25 for 30 minutes, which is an absolute bargain in my eyes.
*Wahanda paid for this treatmetn, all opinions are my own