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Muddy tries: Faceology at Nude Feet

Like anchovies, bungee jumping, Marmite and cruises, reflexology is a treatment that  has the power to divide. There are more people than you think who don’t like their feet being touched, but holy crap, what a shame, because reflexology is one of those treatments where, done properly, you can really feel the benefits zinging through your body.

If you’re one of these people who absolutely, totally can’t bear to than have someone finding the meridian lines along their big toes, I may have the solution for you. A few weeks ago I tried out something called Faceology with Debbie Sayer, a brilliant reflexologist who runs her business nude feet from a treatment room her rather lovely home in Lower Shiplake just outside Henley. I went to the loo before we started the treatment and, I’ll admit it, had some serious bathroom envy (see below, grrrr), But I digress.

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Debbie performs pure feet reflexology, reflexology for drainage, for mums-to-be, facial reflexology, which kind of does the same thing on the face as for the feet, so a good way to get the benefits of a treatment (which by the way are things like migraines, stress, insomnia, digestive complaints, hormone imbalances) without the tickling. But the tour de force treatment for me, that makes it different to what I’ve tried before, is this faceology – which as you might gather from the title is a bit of a mash-up of reflexology, lymphatic drainage, plus – the clincher for saggy chinners like me – some traditional Japanese face-lifting massage techniques. かかって来い!(That’s ‘bring it on!’ in Japanese. *Tush*, come on, keep up!).

The party line is that it helps to tighten and smooth skin around the face and neck, increase blood flow, and nerve supply stimulated to help the production of collagen and elastin from the inside out. God I love that idea! Clearly a once-only treatment isn’t going to put me astride a cannon in fishnets singing about ‘turning back time’ (more’s the pity, I always loved that Cher video) but, well, judge for yourself. This is me after the treatment, relaxed, skin plumped, and rejuvenated. Zero make up, hair a bit post-massage reshevelled, don’t judge me LOL!

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How long these things last are really down to how you behave after don’t you think? Drink water, stay off the booze, eat some veg, sleep well. Ewwwwwww, that’s nil points for Muddy on the maintenance front but no doubt you can do better than me.

The treatment room. I'm falling asleep just looking at it

The treatment room. I’m falling asleep just looking at it

Faceology costs £90 per session (allow 70 minutes) or £450 for a 6 weeks of treatment with some world-class snoring thrown in (yours, not Debbie’s). The usual caveats apply to those who prefer the formality of a beauty salon versus the more intimate surroundings of a private home. It’s a personal preference. I’m equally comfortable in both, and Debbie is so lovely and relaxed that I’d have no qualms about going back again. Just so you know for other treatments, reflexology is a standard £40 a session, and 6 sessions of lympathic drainage (lasting 75-90 mins each) is £275 with the 7th thrown in for free.

Debbie. Not a fan of the sneaky iphone photo

Debbie. Not a fan of having a photo taken, but gotcha!

Anyway, as ever, let me know if you try the treatment – send me some images of your magnificently tight jawline to prove the point.

nudefeet, Maybury House, Station Road, Lower Shiplake, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 3JR. Tel:07789 372545. nudefeet.co.uk

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