What is Reflexology?



Used in Ancient times, reflexology is a way of activating the healing powers of the body.  It is a holistic complimentary therapy, treating the whole person (physical, mental and emotional) not just the prevailing symtoms.

Reflexology is an art and science based on the premise that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all parts of the body, including glands and organs.  Reflexology is NOT a massage, but a unique method of using thumbs, fingers and knuckles on these reflex areas.

In about 1913 Dr. William Fitzgerald introduced a therapy to the West calling it 'Zone Therapy'.  He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.  In the 1930s Eunice Ingham further developed this zone therapy into what is now known as Reflexology.  She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.

Reflexology works by applying pressure to the reflex points on the feet which relate to the internal organs and structures of the body.

How Can Reflexology Help Me?

Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body's natural equilibrium.  This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.

Reflexology has been shown to be effective for many symptoms, many of which can be stress related,  including:

  • Backache, Stiff neck/tight shoulders etc.
  • Migraines and Headaches generally
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Lack of energy
  • Digestive Problems including stress related  
  • Skin Disorders
  • Hyperthyroidism.
  • Anxiety and Depression.
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Fertility Issues
  • Joint Pain
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Breathing disorders
  • Blood sugar disorders
  • Sports Injuries

..... and many, many more

Reflexology complements orthodox medicine.  Always consult a GP for an acute or infectious condition and problems of urgent concern.

Reflexologists do not diagnose and reflexology does not take the place of conventional medicine.

Who Can Benefit From Reflexology?

Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions.   After completing a course of reflexology treatment for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being.

Whilst many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress, at the same time many doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognise reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy.

Reflexology helps us to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level, thereby encouraging our bodies to heal and maintain health.  With ever increasing levels of stress that most of us experience these days, it is important that we are more responsible for our own healthcare needs.

A Reflexology  Treatment

On your first visit, I will have a preliminary talk with you to determine your present and past health and lifestyle.  A consultation sheet will be completed.

You will then relax in a reclining chair as I work around your feet using a compression technique.  The pressure will be adjusted to suit your own personal comfort level.  I will note areas of imbalance and these can be discussed after the treatment.

The treatment will start and finish with a soothing foot massage.

The treatment session usually lasts for about one hour. 

After the treatment most people feel a sense of wellbeing and total relaxation.  You may sometimes experience worsening symptoms for a short while before they improve.   This is the result of the balancing effects of the treatment and are a sign that your body is in the process of cleansing and healing itself.  The body occasionally uses short-term illnesses to release toxins.  This means that the immune system is being strengthened and activated.

It is recommend that you rest after treatment and drink plenty of water to flush the toxins out.

A course of treatment may be recommended depending on your body's needs.  There is no hard and fast rule, although most people would benefit from 3 to 4 treatments.  Some people like to have reflexology occasionally as a relaxing treat.

Reflexology aims to bring the body to a state of relaxation and balance.  The body is equipped to self-heal, but this facility often works inefficiently because the vital energy pathways are blocked.  This can be caused by degeneration and the stresses of life.  Reflexology reduces stress, boosts the immune system and accelerates the repair work being done by the body.