Janet Ahearn, Reflexologist

Who Am I?
My name is Janet Ahearn.  I’m a certified Foot Reflexologist and an Energy Medicine Practitioner.  I worked for 13 years in the corporate world and 10 years ago, I decided it was time to leave the heavy workload and long commute behind. Given my own personal experiences, I found myself wanting to help people find ways of managing their own stress levels and ultimately, improving their physical and emotional health in the process.

What Do I Do?
I’m often asked that question as a Foot Reflexologist.  Well, ok, first I’m asked, “You’re a what?” with an inquisitive, but puzzled look.  Perhaps I should address that question first.  Reflexology is one in a long list of alternative therapies that look at you as a whole person, not just as an arm, a leg, or a knee.  The theory behind reflexology is that the entire body is mapped out in our feet (hands and ears, too) via reflex areas; by applying specific thumb/finger walking techniques to these areas, a Reflexologist can have an effect on the corresponding areas of the body.

Ultimately, reflexology works the part of your nervous system that helps you relax, the part that helps you say, “Ahhhhh!” as deep relaxation is achieved.  When the body is relaxed, it has a better chance of doing what it has the ability to do naturally – heal itself.  Of course, there are no guarantees in the healing process, but as with anything else alternative or conventional, it’s certainly worth a try!

At a minimum, Reflexology can help rebalance the energy within your body and restore a sense of well being, which puts you in a much better frame of mind to deal with life’s  stressors.

Foot Reflexology Chart from the Reflexology Research Project

What Is A Session Like?
It starts out with a nice warm footbath; a quiet peaceful atmosphere, with soft relaxing music in the background, to further soothe your frayed nerves; a brief conversation about what you need from our session in a space of understanding and compassion; a place where you can drop your shoulders, relax your neck and back, and receive some much-needed self-care; a comfortable table to lie down on and even take a nap if you find yourself so inclined.  The majority of the session is a combination of relaxation and reflexology techniques designed to stimulate a deep sense of relaxation.

Our main goal is to achieve relaxation.  My focus is on empowering you to achieve better health.  You are the expert on what you need to feel better, what holdsy ou back, and what you want to change.  I’m simply here to support you in exploring and attaining the outcome you desire with regard to your own health, one step (or should I say “foot”) at a time!

Janet Ahearn is located in Northampton, Massachusetts. To make an appointment with her please call 413.250.0954.