“Live your life based on love and what your subconscious mind brings to the surface.”
Having never experienced either of these practices before, I didn’t know what to expect! I was welcomed by the lovely Lois – a very kind and warm-hearted woman.
I felt instantly comfortable in her healing space, and we chatted easily. My session began with a 30 minute Indian Head Massage. Wow! What a peaceful experience!
Indian Head Massage includes massage of the middle back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. The aim is to release tension, stimulate the nerves and blood vessels, and relieve things like headache, fatigue, sciatica and insomnia. It is said to be a rejuvenating experience, and I would agree! Lois checked in with me frequently about the pressure and any sore points.
After 30 minutes, I changed into a different chair and we began a 45 minute reflexology session of the feet and lower legs. Reflexology involves using massage and pressure on specific points, which link to organs and systems in the body. It is an extremely relaxing therapy that eases stress and improves circulation and nerve function.
I’m not sure if it was due to the two therapies combined, but the whole experience was so soothing that I nearly fell asleep! Lois invited me to set an intention, and I chose to share it with her – I identified that this was the first form of self-care I had offered myself in a while, and that – as we move into Spring – I need to make this my main priority.
I would recommend that you do the same – book a one hour session with Lois which will allow you to experience both therapies, and feel your life come back into balance.
Q&A with Lois Rowell
What services do you offer?
Reflexology on the feet, hands, and ears. Indian Head Massage and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
Why is this work so important to you?
I get huge enjoyment from offering my services as a reflexologist, Indian Head Masseur and EFT Practitioner. Helping people manage their health and wellbeing is about making the world a better happier place for everyone. There is a lot of anxiety and stress out in the community at present so I see a need to provide services that help people release tension and mental stress. My range of services help people maintain balance on all levels, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Given the right conditions the body has the means to heal itself.
Could you tell us about how your interest in holistic healing/reflexology/Indian Head Massage/EFT began?
I think I absorbed the philosophy of holistic healing during my upbringing. My parents were very spiritual as well as health conscious. I remember as a 7-year-old I would sit with my siblings on the lounge floor and do yoga breathing exercises with my father. Back in the 1960s my parents consulted naturopaths which was not a common practice back then. My father’s health issues led to juicing vegetables. I still do this regularly. Eight years ago I was guided to reiki and became a master practitioner and so things progressed from there. Like reiki, reflexology, Indian Head Massage and EFT are forms of energy healing.
What obstacles did you face to get to where you are now and how did you overcome them?
I enjoyed my training and working towards achieving qualifications. The biggest hurdle was believing in myself and convincing myself I possessed the skills and ability to offer my services to the public.
Who should seek Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and EFT as a holistic wellness technique?
Everyone from babies to the elderly (including pregnant women) can benefit from Reflexology and Indian Head Massage. Both modalities are extremely relaxing. The techniques stimulate the nerve endings sending messages to the brain and around the body. Reflexology can aid and give relief to specific health conditions and aid general wellbeing. Emotional Freedom Technique uses acupuncture points to unblock emotional trauma. By tapping on specific points messages are transmitted to the brain to calm the ”fight/flight” mechanism.
Could you share a wellbeing tip with the community?
Ear reflexology/ear massage is an easy but powerful way to de-stress by stimulating the body especially the head. The ears are accessible to everyone. In addition to the hundreds of nerve endings the ears have lots of acupressure points. I recommend starting with the earlobe and work up the ear gently pulling, massaging, and tugging. Don’t forget the back of the ears either. These movements increase blood flow throughout the entire body making the body more alert.
If you could tell your younger self one thing what would it be?
Meditate every day and listen to your inner voice. Take notice and act on the information received.
– Experience and Q & A by Ronja Skandera