Why Beauty Therapy is About More Than Making People Look Good

At a time when many people’s mental health and wellbeing is suffering, there’s more of a need than ever to do what we can as beauty therapists to help people look and feel good.

Our job is about more than painting nails and waxing eyebrows, we provide people with a chance to chat and offload, as well as improving their confidence and wellbeing.

Here’s why beauty therapy is about more than making people look good.

The salon gives people the chance to open up and chat

The salon is a relaxed environment for people to come and get their treatments, as well as being a place where clients tend to feel comfortable about opening up. After months of being locked down and unable to see many other people, therapists provide that essential opportunity for interaction as well as the chance to chat.

A recent study found that 6% of people in the UK tell their hairdresser or beauty therapist more personal things than they tell their friends and family-I think that says it all about how much of a need there is for people like us.

Beauty treatments have a positive impact on wellbeing

Treatments like massage and reflexology have been proven to be beneficial for people suffering from the effects of stress as well as anxiety, depression, and much more.

Not only that, having your nails, eyebrows, and lashes done makes you look and feel good, and it can really lift your mood. Think about how we all felt during lockdown when we couldn’t have them.

Treatments are not about indulgence or vanity, they are essential self-care, and we all need to make time for that.

Treatments can really help when life happens

At the academy, we train therapists in Oncology Massage, and we are the only training provider in the North East to do so. Being able to give someone with cancer a beautiful relaxing massage at a time in their lives when they need it is absolutely priceless. It’s about offering someone comfort in a difficult time, and if this year has shown us anything, it’s that this is something that every single one of us needs.

Reflexology is another one of our all-star treatments. It’s one of our most popular treatments and for good reason. So many people are stressed out and run down right now, and people need something that’s relaxing and that enhances their wellbeing and promotes healing of the body more than ever.

Even if it doesn’t seem like it right now, the world is still turning, and it’s our job to help keep it that way. We do what we do to help people not just look better, but feel better. Never let anyone tell you that you ‘just paint nails’ ever again.

Train with us…

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.

What is Reflexology?

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Here at the academy, we teach students how to do treatments that will help a client to look and feel amazing. But feeling amazing comes from not just looking good on the outside, but feeling good from the inside out.

That is one of the reasons why we teach holistic therapies, such as reflexology, which is not only relaxing, it’s great for your general wellbeing.

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a form of complementary therapy which involves using massage and applying pressure to reflex areas in either the hands or feet.

How does it work?

There are points on the hands and feet which are connected to certain organs and parts of the body, through energy channels.

By applying pressure to these areas, any energy blockages can be removed which can then bring about health benefits. The right foot is related to the right side of the body and the left foot corresponds to the left side. The whole body can be treated through the feet.

Here are some examples of reflex areas and their corresponding body parts:

  • The tips of the toes are related to the head
  • The ball of the foot is related to the heart and chest
  • The arch of the foot is related to the liver, pancreas, and kidneys
  • The area towards the heel is related to the lower back and the intestines

Why might someone get reflexology?

People might get reflexology for a range of conditions including:

Stress

Tension headaches and migraines

Digestive problems like constipation

Arthritis

Insomnia

Hormone imbalances

Sports injuries

PMS

Back pain

The research behind reflexology

Surveys carried out by The British Reflexology Association found that people who had conditions like stress, insomnia and IBS benefitted from having treatment.

A review published in 2015 in the Integrative Cancer Therapies journal found that reflexology was effective for relieving cancer pain, especially post-operative pain.

What is a reflexology session like?

A typical treatment is 30 to 60 minutes long. The therapist will ask you to fill in a form about your health and lifestyle, and this information is used to personalise your treatment.

You will then be asked to remove your shoes and socks and get yourself comfortable on the massage table.

The therapist will assess your feet and apply pressure to certain points to find any areas which might be tender. Massage might be used to warm the feet, then finger and thumb pressure is then used to carry out the reflexology techniques. The sensitivity of people’s feet varies from person to person and the therapist will understand how to apply the correct pressure. The massage should not feel uncomfortable even if you have sensitive feet, and don’t worry about being ticklish; the therapist uses firm pressure.

How will I feel afterwards?

Most people will feel calm and relaxed after a reflexology session. You might notice that you feel sleepier than usual.

How safe is reflexology?

Reflexology is generally safe but as with any treatment, it’s not suitable for everyone. Make sure you give the therapist an accurate picture of your health, and if you aren’t sure about whether the treatment is suitable for you, it might be a good idea to ask your doctor before trying it.

If you have foot ulcers, a recent injury, any foot or ankle wounds, gout, diabetes, osteoarthritis in your foot or ankle, or a heart problem, reflexology might not be appropriate for you.

Reflexology is usually safe in pregnancy, after the first trimester. If in doubt, see your GP for advice.

Fancy giving it a go and really making a difference to the wellbeing of your clients? Do your reflexology training with us! Check out our full range of holistic courses here.