Reflexology

About Reflexology

Modern life is increasingly demanding and stressful. Reflexology can be effective in helping to relieve daily stresses and maintain good health and well-being. Reflexology is a complementary therapy and therefore should be used in tandem with medical care.

In today's world we need to ask ourselves the question, "are we taking time out to truly relax" Disease comes about when we cease to become at ease with ourselves, (Dis-ease). Therefore leaving ourselves prone to disease.

Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to, and massaging certain areas of the feet and hands. The aim is to encourage healing and relieve stress and tension. It is also used to improve general health and well-being. Reflexology treatments are based on the principle that certain areas of the feet - called reflexes - are linked to other areas of the body through the nervous system.

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The arrangement of the reflexes has a direct relationship to the area of the body they affect. For example, the right side of the foot is linked to the right side of the body.

While the tips of the toes correspond to the head. The liver, pancreas and kidneys connect to the arch of the foot, and the lower back and intestines towards the heel.

In a session, a Reflexologist will apply pressure to certain reflexes. The aim is to stimulate energy flow and send signals around the body - targeting areas of tension and pain.

What can reflexology do for you?

Reflexology is a popular complementary therapy that is considered to have a range of uses. Some of the most common uses of reflexology include:

  • Stress reduction - Studies suggest that reflexology can aid in alleviating the negative effects of stress.
  • Relaxation - The therapy encourages the body and mind to enter a deeply relaxed state.
  • Soothing tired feet - The techniques and special hand movements can help to ease tension and pain in the feet.
  • Reducing pain - Research suggests that the therapy is an effective pain reliever.
  • Improving circulation - Reflexology helps break down deposits in the blood stream which can affect circulation.
  • Enhancing overall well-being - Many people use the therapy on a regular basis to support a healthy mind and body.

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Many people also find reflexology helpful in reducing stress-related ailments, including:

  • Tension headaches - The application of strokes over certain points on the foot by the big toe are thought to help ease tension headaches.
  • Arthritis - Reflexologists may work on specific points on the hands and feet to help with arthritis pain.
  • Digestive disorders - Reflex points for the digestive system are located on the plantar surface of the feet. Reflexologists will focus on these areas to relieve digestive discomfort and ease stress.
  • Insomnia - Reflexology can be soothing. The thumb and finger movements over certain reflexes help to target hormonal imbalances that can disrupt sleep.
  • Menstrual problems - Many women find the therapy useful for addressing common menstrual problems. These include severe pain, irregular cycles and general discomfort.
  • Back pain - Pressure on certain reflex points is thought to alleviate nerve problems in the back which can cause pain.
  • Sports injuries - Reflexology boosts the body's healing ability. It stimulates blood and nerve flow to an injured muscle or tissue.


Modern life is increasingly demanding and stressful. Reflexology can be effective in helping to relieve daily stresses and maintain good health and well-being. Remember that reflexology is a complementary therapy and therefore should be used in tandem with medical care. Please consult your doctor first if you are experiencing any of the above ailments. Uses of reflexology also extend to post-operative or palliative care. It is a popular therapy among cancer patients who find it helpful for relaxation. For many patients undergoing intensive medical treatment, reflexology can help to boost emotional well-being.

What to expect from a session

Reflexology therapy sessions are fairly straightforward and uncomplicated. A typical treatment lasts around 45 minutes to an hour and begins with a consultation about your health and lifestyle.

our resident Reflexologist Sara will discuss your medical history to establish any underlying health problems. They will also ask what you wish to gain from reflexology therapy. You will then be required to remove your shoes and socks before being seated comfortably in a reclining chair or on a massage table.

Sara will carry out an initial examination of the feet before commencing treatment. They will begin by warming up the feet by applying pressure from the toes to the heel according to your comfort. Firm thumb and hand movements will then be used to identify areas of tenderness or tension.

Reflexology is not painful, however certain areas of the feet may feel more tender than others. This will depend on what area of the body they correspond with. Sensitivity will vary from person to person, and a Reflexologist will adjust the amount of pressure applied accordingly.

After a session your feet will feel warm and you should experience a general feeling of calm and relaxation. You may even feel sleepy. The number of reflexology sessions you'll need will depend on the condition being treated.

Your Reflexologist will be able to discuss this with you and devise a treatment plan. You may experience the relaxing effects of reflexology after just one session. It may take longer to notice benefits in other parts of the body. Many people find their sleeping and moods improve over the course of a few sessions. This will, however, differ between individuals.

What to do after a session

To gain the full benefits of reflexology, it is recommended to carry out the following advice 24 hours post-treatment:

  • Drink lots of water. This will hydrate the body, improve energy levels and flush out toxins.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and rest for at least two hours after the treatment.
  • Avoid stimulants such as alcohol, tea and coffee. These can diminish the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Stick to a light, healthy diet to enable your body to heal.
  • Note down any reactions you have for your next session.

How often should you have treatment?

If you seek reflexology to help with a specific condition and want to feel the full benefits of the treatment, then a course of regular sessions is advised. You will receive a treatment plan after your first session if you do want to continue. Your state of health, age, the nature of your condition and how long you have had it are all taken into consideration.

It is ticklish

Many people think reflexology therapy is ticklish, especially as feet can be quite sensitive. This is not the case. A Reflexologist will hold the feet in a firm, confident manner, knowing the right amount of pressure to apply. Reflexology involves deep, concise hand movements, thumb hooking and pin-pointing techniques. It is not designed to feel ticklish.

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