Annette Demét is a qualified complementary therapist in the following disciplines:-
Reflexology (Academy of Effective Reflexology – 1997 – MAR certificate of merit),
Annette also attended seminars in 1998 conducted by Anthony Porter in the Advanced Reflexology Techniques (A.R.T.) on The Endocrine System and Gynaecology.
Metaphysics Advanced Teacher (1997).
Attained certification in the Usui System of Reiki Levels I, II and Masters in 1998.
The Benefits of Reflexology
Helps reduce Stress levels –by generating deep, tranquil relaxation. A number of my clients have been known to fall asleep during a reflexology session and many are of the opinion that the thirty minutes of sleep were more beneficial and restorative than a full night of restless sleep.
Improves Circulation – it is very important for blood to flow freely throughout the body. Stress and tension tighten up the cardiovascular system and restrict blood flow. Circulation becomes sluggish. By reducing stress and tension, reflexology allows the miles of cardiovascular vessels to conduct the flow of blood naturally and easily.
Cleanses the body of toxins and impurities – the body has built-in mechanisms for cleansing itself, mainly the lymphatic, excretory, and integumentary systems (i.e. the lymph nodes, the kidneys and colon, and the skin). If these become blocked or do not function properly, toxins and waste matter build up. Reflexology causes all the systems of the body to function more efficiently, including those that eliminate waste products.
Balances the whole system – the technical terms is homeostasis and it means being in a dynamic state of balance. For the body to be healthy, everything must work together. If one part is out-of-sorts, other parts suffer. To keep the body running harmoniously, a tune-up is often needed.
Revitalises energy – you know when your ‘juices are flowing’ and when they’re not. We each experience our energy levels in personal and subtle ways. But one thing is certain: Energy flows. It circulates consciously and unconsciously throughout the body on a physical, emotional, and mental level. There is also energy of the spirit that is just as crucial to the overall well-being. By relaxing and opening up energy pathways, reflexology revitalises the body and supplies it with energy on all levels.
Is preventative health care – preventative health care is becoming more important as we realise the health-threatening dangers of our environment: stress, fatigue, chemical additives in food, polluted water supplies, and poor air quality, to name only a few. The added strain on everyone’s immune system today should warn us to find time to unwind and relax, because the immune system functions at its peak only when a person successfully manages the stressful situations of daily life. Only when the body is well balanced is a person in good shape to ward off illness.
Some of my clients who are parents have informed me that, since receiving reflexology, they are less susceptible to catching colds even though their children sneeze and cough around them. Adults don’t have immunity to bugs that children carry around. But reflexology seems to help in bolstering immunological defences. Children too get fewer colds when they receive reflexology.
Stimulates creativity and productivity – Like exercise, reflexology restores mental alertness and improves the attention span. By reducing tensions and calming the mind, we are free to think our best thoughts, come up with our best ideas, and work longer and with greater clarity at difficult tasks. Each session provides the quiet time so necessary to let new ideas gestate. As a pick-me-up in the middle of the day or in the late afternoon, reflexology can send you back to work or into the evening with the mental energy you need to be creative and productive.
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
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My experience with Annette as my reflexologist has been extremely positive. My initial treatments triggered several physical responses which are well documented on the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) website, of which Annette is a member. Despite my initial misgivings about the effectiveness of reflexology, I decided to continue with a treatment each week for 6 weeks. Half-way through these treatments I began to notice a gradual improvement in my sense of well-being until the point now, after 6 weeks, I feel very well, both mentally and physically, better than I have felt in years. (I’m 63) Annette has been a thoughtful and very professional therapist throughout in that she has offered detailed information and specific advice; this was very reassuring as I began to feel that we were a team, working together to make me feel balanced and energised and so make the most of my life. I now intend to continue with a treatment every 4 weeks as I want to sustain this sense of well-being. I can thoroughly recommend Annette to anyone who feels overly tired, stressed and unbalanced in their life. She has turned mine around and I am very grateful to her for this.
Alison F Bell
Reflexology treatment is a very personal experience. It is therefore essential for the Reflexologist to gain the confidence of the patient and to help them understand and believe in the treatment. Annette has this ability, supported by her enthusiasm and a belief in Reflexology which she passes on through her natural communications skills.
Professional in her approach, Annette provided a calm and relaxing environment for her patients. I was particularly impressed to her commitment to detail, spending time to explain the theory behind the practise.
Annette has all the right personal qualities for this type of occupation, where confidentiality and reliability are essential.
Never having had ‘reflexology’ treatment nor, indeed knowing much about it, I had no idea what to expect when I placed myself – or rather my feet – in the hands of Annette. What followed, however, was one of the most pleasant and relaxing experiences I have ever had.
The questioning to elicit previous medical history – always an embarrassing procedure – was done in a gentle but professional manner, which both put one at ease, whilst at the same time giving the impression that she knew what she was doing.
The ‘hands on’ stuff, the manipulation or whatever, was a totally new experience. I found it both stimulating and relaxing: is that a contradiction? Annette explained exactly what she was doing; how the foot mirrored or replicated the body’s structure and main organs, and how reflexology could both detect and release energy ‘blockages’ and toxins, and so enable one’s body to function better.
I’ll take her word for that: it certainly felt good.
Another thing; I found the whole business so relaxing that I had no difficulty in talking – about all kinds of things – and this in itself I believe to be therapeutic. (How much this was due to reflexology and how much to the practitioner, I would not like to say – probably a successful blend of both).
These ten treatments are now completed; and do I feel better? I did not go to Annette with a specific ‘problem’ so I cannot measure a ‘cure’. I do, however, feel better in a general sense: benefits which are hard to define – but certainly real.
I suppose the test of the efficacy of anything is, “Would you do it again? Would you recommend reflexology to several people?” and I will certainly have more treatments myself.
Very relaxed after each treatment.
When I first came I was tense, not about the treatments but other things going on outside.
After I had a treatment, always went home feeling relaxed and found it easier to get to sleep. Sometimes dozed off whilst having treatment.
Annette was always warm and friendly, atmosphere was very soothing. Annette was professional and makes great cups of tea. I always left with a feeling of well-being and totally relaxed.
Having been invited to have a course of Reflexology treatment for the first time, I was very surprised at the whole experience.
Although reflexology is of a physical nature, it is a very relaxing and calming treatment. I imagine it would have far greater results if it was used with or instead of certain conventional health treatments.
Like other complementary treatments and medicines’ they need to be given a higher profile, and their results published in perhaps National Health establishments.
It would be ideal to have therapists in local health centres, where they would be available for suitable patients who wish to have successful treatments without resorting to readily available drugs.
The general public today, are fully aware of health issues and would like to be advised of all treatments available.
A warm welcome before a relaxing foot massage. I found that the hour or more soon passed and I left feeling relaxed (which I don’t do very easily).
I also found out more about what had and was going on with my body, and could relate to the various pressures.
I missed the sessions when they finished and shall make appointments for other sessions periodically.
A most professional and personal service for me.
When my Mum mentioned to me that her friend Pauline’s next door neighbour was looking for clients to practice reflexology on for 10 weeks, I jumped at the opportunity to have my feet rubbed! Especially as it was free.
Knocking on Annette’s door for the first time, I was a bit apprehensive of what to expect. The first session involved taking a full medical history, proceeding to the treatment. I found it difficult to relax at first, I expected it to tickle, it didn’t. I was amazed at the things Annette discovered about my body, just from applying different pressures to the different areas of my feet.
During the 10 weeks I have become a demic (not on purpose). About 5 weeks into the treatments, I hurt my neck playing badminton. Annette has helped relieve the tension and tightness in my neck, although I suffered a certain degree of pain to achieve this. Annette has also relieved headaches that I’ve had.
The one thing I’ve enjoyed the most is the relaxation it brings, the complete atmosphere of the room adding to this (music and incense), at some point during the session, I couldn’t stop myself from falling asleep.
Reflexology is a treatment I would certainly have again and recommend to others.
When I was initially asked to be a ‘guinea-pig’ client, I thought it sounded fun and I was eager to try it out. When I learned that it was going to be ten sessions, and at least one hour per session, however, I thought oh no, how am I going to spare the time, and what if I don’t like it?
I did find the time and I did like it! It was a nice end to a busy working week to spend an hour being pampered. I found the sessions very relaxing and beneficial. I was surprised to learn just how much could be found out about the body in general through the feet. I could actually feel my feet cracking as the area corresponding to my shoulders was being massaged. I always felt much more relaxed after the hour.
At the start of the treatment I was suffering from a bad asthma attack which did in fact last for a couple of weeks into the treatment. As it is a long time since I have had such a bad attack, I would find it difficult to say whether the reflexology did help in any way towards recovery, but it certainly made me feel better.
I will certainly try to treat myself to more reflexology now that my test sessions have finished and I would also recommend it to my friends and family.