Monica Ioana Gugura, MAR
Reflexology is a holistic complementary therapy. Because our state of health is influenced by how we live and what we eat, by our behaviours and attitudes, holistic therapies can have a meaningful role to play in supporting the body's self-healing mechanisms. Reflexology works on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands, that correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology treatments can help to release stress and tension, improve blood supply and promote the unblocking of nerve impulses, helping nature to achieve or return to a state of balance. The person receiving the treatment can feel its impact on a physical, emotional and energetic level.
I work on either hands or feet, and the focus of my treatments is on relaxing, balancing the body systems, as well as revitalising the body. A full session lasts 60 minutes and includes individualised after-care advice, to maximise the benefits of the treatments. The first session lasts longer, since my treatment protocol involves taking a medical history, which will inform my treatments and the personalised treatment plans. All information is confidential and only used for the purpose of the Reflexology treatments.
Indian head massage, which is based on the ancient Ayurvedic healing system, is also available; treatments last 30 minutes. The massage can be performed with or without oils.
Indian head massage has been found to promote relaxation, the feeling of wellbeing and calm. It can also improve the condition of the skin and hair, promote sleep and help with tension headaches and detoxification.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have studied Reflexology at London School of Reflexology. My tutor was Louise Keet, author of the renowned Reflexology Bible. I have obtained my Diploma in Reflexology with ABC Awards. I have studied Indian head massage at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. I am a member of the Association of Reflexologists and Independent Professional Therapists International (I.P.T.I.). I have professional insurance cover arranged through I.P.T.I.
I am a social worker by background and have 14 years experience working within the Social Care sector. In the last 8 years I have worked as a trainer and Learning and Development Adviser. I have an extensive experience working with vulnerable and disadvantaged people (adults and children). I have an in-depth understanding of the needs of people from different cultural and social background.
Association of Reflexologists
The Association of Reflexologists (AoR) is a non-profit making association which aims to provide support to professionally qualified practitioners.
Membership is open to practitioners who have gained an approved qualification or who have provided proof that their training and practical skills meet the standards set by the AoR.
Other available therapies
Indian head massage
Reflexology: 60 minutes, £30
Indian Head massage: 30 minutes, £15
Discounts are available.
Appointments are available throughout the week, Monday to Friday evenings (after work) and Saturday morning.
I provide the treatments from home, which is situated close to Ipswich town centre, one minute walk from the bus station. A home visit may be arranged In Ipswich or within a small radius of Ipswich.