Welcome to SHONA RAE Therapies in Dundee and Tayport; Complementary Therapies for health, relaxation and renewal
My name is Shona Rae and I am a fully qualified and insured Reflexologist and Reiki Master/Teacher working in Dundee and North East Fife.
My therapies offer an holistic approach to your general health. This means that as a practitioner I look at and treat the whole individual and the treatments I provide aim to play a role in helping to restore balance and maintain optimal well-being. They can help to provide support for people living with health conditions alongside their conventional medical care but should not be considered as a substitute for that care. Always, first and foremost, seek the advice of your doctor if you have any health issues. Reflexologists and Reiki therapists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.
The truth is, when we suffer the effects of stress, neither our minds nor our bodies function as well as they should, so why not look for a way that you can redress that balance by finding a therapy that can help you to relax and restore your well-being.
An relaxing, therapeutic hour of one-to-one time with an experienced therapist with an empathetic ear – what’s not to like? The only way you’ll know is to give it a go!
Having originally trained as a nurse, I went on to study with the International Institute of Reflexology (IIR) and graduated as a practitioner in 2007. I now bring my clinical knowledge to my therapies which allows me a better understanding of the issues you may be living with.
My Reiki training began in 2011 and culminated in me achieving Master/Teacher level in 2017. My belief is that Reiki can work on many levels – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual – to bring clarity and healing to situations, present and past. Without being fully aware of it we can be deeply affected by events in our past and/or present and these can cause us physical or emotional pain and suffering. Reiki may be helpful in bringing clarity to a situation. Other times all you may need is a session of the restful and calming energy to bring you peace.
REFLEXOLOGY has its roots in ancient cultures but is now very much up to date. The aim of the treatment is to bring everything into balance and we do that by applying finger pressure to points (reflexes)/areas on the feet that represent all the organs, glands and systems of the body. An experienced therapist can feel different textures under the skin. These will often indicate that this particular reflex is a little out of balance and requires some extra attention. You may also feel different sensations, some of which may be a little uncomfortable fleetingly.
The overall experience of the treatment should be one of relaxation and an increase in well-being thus helping to relieve symptoms of stress.
How many of us can truthfully claim to have proper balance in our lives? While Reflexology can’t claim to be able to sort your bank balance or your work-life balance, it can offer you a place and time set aside for yourself on a regular basis where you can reflect on the importance of that balance.
Your therapist may feel it appropriate to offer you some advice on tweaks in lifestyle choices that will support you in reducing your stress levels and may even show you some Reflexology techniques you can do yourself between sessions – homework! : )
According to Health and Safety Executive figures for 2009/10, an estimated 9.8 million working days were lost through work-related stress.
There are many, many ways you can help to reduce the effects of stress on your mind and body. Lots of them are very simple and quick to do.
The real challenge for each of us is to make time in our busy days to do them. We can all find valid reasons why we don’t have time – work, children, family life etc etc – but why can we not allow time for ourselves. We need to change all that and recognise that we deserve a little time to recharge our batteries!
REIKI is an energy therapy that works on balancing the chakras (energy cerntres) and much more. It is a wonderfully calming, nurturing and peaceful energy that can support you wherever you need it – mentally, physically or emotionally.
The benefits of Reflexology and Reiki are unique to the individual. However, regular sessions may be a way to support your body’s own healing by helping to reduce the effects of the stress response and in doing this you may gradually feel your resilience building again.
REIKI is what you may think of as ‘hands on’ healing. The practitioner is trained to channel Reiki energy through her/himself to the client. Hands may be placed on the body at various points (with your permission) or over the body depending on where the practitioner is drawn to work.
Please contact me if you would like more in-depth information on these therapies.
Everything in the Universe has it’s own vibrational frequency including us but when we are out of sorts physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually, our vibration slows.
Reiki is a pure, high vibration energy which, when received into your body can help to support your body/mind’s innate healing ability. Reiki brings a very soothing, peaceful and calming energy and can be amazing to help in times of stress, whatever the cause.
What happens in a Reflexology treatment?
REFLEXOLOGY is mostly performed entirely on the feet or hands so the most you’ll have to do is take your socks and shoes off. You will be made comfortable in a reclining chair, supported by pillows and covered with a soft blanket to keep you warm.
You may be surprised that certain areas that you have been previously unaware of feel sensitive to the touch during treatment. This generally indicates and area that is a little out of balance and deserves some extra care and attention. At the end of the session I may be able to offer some homework/advice that will help to support your body between sessions.
What happens in a Reiki treatment?
REIKI is usually received lying on a massage couch.
During the session you may feel warmth from the practitioner’s hands, tingles, coolness, you may even feel emotional. These things are all normal and you will have the opportunity to chat about this at the end of the session.
The response to treatment varies from person to person but many find it so relaxing that they can fall deeply asleep!
Can you diagnose my health problems?
Reflexology and Reiki practitioners do not claim to diagnose or cure but during a session we may pick up areas of the body through the feet in Reflexology or energy in Reiki that feel out of balance.
We, therefore give these areas extra attention. Our treatments take an holistic approach to the whole person and aim to bring the whole into balance.
Can you diagnose my health problems?
Everyone is different and the response to Reflexology and Reiki can be immediate or sometimes take longer than one appointment, but often benefits can be seen after 4-5 sessions.
Many of my clients return every 2 to 4 weeks and find that this is what they require to get the support they need in their busy lives and to maintain their well-being. Other clients prefer to come for a few treatments when they feel a little overwhelmed physically, mentally or emotionally and this gives them the pick up they need to feel better again.
I will emphasise again that Reflexology, Reiki or any other Complementary Therapy is just that, it complements the care that your GP or other medical professional will provide and should not be considered as a substitute for their care.
Who looks after you if you don’t look after yourself?
17.7 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2019/2020 (Source hse.gov.uk)
We all face stressors in our hectic lives whether at work or at home and often we allow the symptoms to build and build until they manifest as a physical or mental health issue. Is it not better to invest in some self care before this happens? Whatever you like to do to release the pressure valve, make some time in your day to do it – get out in nature, do some meditation, have a soak in a relaxing bath before bed or consider a complementary therapy. We all need to recharge our batteries!
What are your fees & availability?
Your initial Reflexology consultation and treatment session may last approximately 1hr 15mins and costs £45. Follow-up sessions last 1hr and cost £40.
Reiki sessions last approximately 1 hour and cost £40.
Please call, text or email to find availability and to chat re the therapies. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have to the best of my ability.
Please note that if you need to cancel an appointment I will appreciate 48 hours’ notice. I accept payment in cash or by bank transfer.
I am based in Appletree Clinic, Dundee DD5 3RE and Tayport DD6 9AT. There is parking available at Appletree Clinic and on street parking in Tayport.
Tayport is served by Stagecoach bus service 42/42A from Dundee Bus Station and from St Andrews and Cupar.
“I’ve always been a bit sceptical regarding alternative medicine, but having had several Reflexology treatments from Shona, I am now converted!
Shona, having been a trained nurse, has a gentle, sympathetic nature and during each treatment takes special care with the more sensitive, problematic areas. She works methodically round each foot in turn and then focuses on breathing and relaxation, using a variety of techniques.
The effect may not be instantaneous and some conditions do require a course of treatments, but following each visit I usually enjoy a deep, deep sleep and wake up feeling refreshed with a true sense of well-being.
Over the years I have suffered from various conditions and have found my treatments to be beneficial, both mentally and physically, and would have no hesitation in recommending Shonas’ services.”
“I asked Shona if she could do anything for the severe and debilitating pain that I have in the base of my thumb and she agreed to help using hand reflexology.
Immediately after the first session I could use my hand normally again and Shona continues to help when it bothers me. I can’t thank Shona enough.”
“I would thoroughly recommend Shona for Reflexology. Sessions are delivered with great expertise, sensitivity and calmness. The best Reflexology I have experienced.”
“How can a treatment which is so soothing and relaxing also fill me with energy when we’re done? Shona has a firm but gentle touch and terrific knowledge of the connections made between the feet and other areas of the body. It’s a totally unintrusive treatment which is a great lift for health and spirits. I feel totally confident when my feet are in her hands!!”