Meeting with… Nicolas Fournier

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Reflexology is an ancient complementary healththerapy that uses gentle pressure applied on various points of feet to treat the whole body, helping it to relax, balance and heal itself.

Why did you start reflexology? What’s the story?

I discovered reflexology through a treatment that I received myself and was deeply impressed by the sensations and the relaxing and balancing effect it had on me. The more I dug into it and the more I became fascinated by this practice. One day the idea crossed my mind to get trained and to be able to provide such wellbeing to others but it took me a couple of years to get over myself and engage into the official training offered by the London School of Reflexology.

I also think that the 10 years I have spent in China during which I have received treatments of reflexology, acupuncture and qigong have opened my western mind to a different approach to the body, to health and to healing. I find in my practice of reflexology a very practical and hands-on way to help people to heal and find a better balance in their life.

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How did it help you through your journey?

First as a client, I can be quite stressed out and I have found in reflexology a place where my mind gets into a state of peace and my body deeply relaxes. Then as a reflexologist, I am glad to have developed a manual trade where my hands do the work with little input or involvement of my brain. It is also deeply gratifying to feel the soothing and relaxing effect on my clients, as well as the help it brings into their life. I must say I find fascinating to read the story of people in their feet and to be perhaps able to give them a little bit of support and their journey.

Who are the people that would benefit the most?

Almost everyone can benefit from a relaxing session from time to time. Of course people who have a medical condition and who would like to help their body to overcome this will find in reflexology a complementary approachto whatever treatment they are undergoing and that will help greatly the body to rebalance but as well to let theanxiety linked to any treatment fade away. More widely, reflexology can help to work on the beginning of imbalances, before they become a problem. As such, I believe it can play an important role to nip illnesses in the bud.

Is the effect immediate, or does it take effect only over time? How many treatments are normally required and what is the frequency of treatments?

There is normally an immediate effect of relaxation in the hours following the treatment. But beyond that, the rebalancing of the body may take several sessions at regular intervals. I personally try and have for myself one reflexology session a week (that’s the ideal, or every other week if not) to keep a good overall state. Prevention of illnesses through a healthy hygiene of life seems very sensible, and for me reflexology is one of the key ingredients together with a good diet, proper sleep and regular physical exercise.

Why is it now the right time of the year to receive reflexology treatments?

Winter is coming” and with it its lot of colds and flus and others. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have your annual flu jab, particularly if you are more advanced in age, this is not for me to say. But giving a boost to your immune system through a 3-4 treatment course will certainly get your body stronger to resist to these seasonal ailmentsand overcome it more quickly and easily if you are subject to one of them.