what is reflexology?

Reflexology is a natural, non-invasive complementary therapy which improves circulation and encourages the body to heal itself and restore balance.  Pressure is applied to specific points on the feet or hands, using fingers and thumbs.  These points are known as reflexes and they reflect the body's organs and structures.  The hands and feet are described as mini-maps of the body and by working targeted reflexes, help the body to heal itself.  

history of reflexology

Hand and foot massage is thought to date back to 2330BC, after evidence was discovered in a physician's tomb in Egypt.  These techniques were practised in India and then later, the Chinese worked hands and feet to assist good health and prevent disease.  

Dr William Fitzgerald developed Zone Therapy which he introduced to the West in the early 1900's.  

Eunice Ingram went on to further develop Zone Therapy, today known as reflexology, after making the connection that any congestion felt in the feet or hands is linked to the corresponding organ in the body.  

what happens during a treatment?

As reflexology treats holistically, ie the whole body, I will ask you to complete a short medical and lifestyle questionnaire at the initial appointment.  This consultation is free of charge and takes around 15 mins,  in addition to the 50 min appointment.  This information ensures that the best treatment can be given, tailored to your specific needs.  

The treatment takes place on a comfortable massage couch in my peaceful home treatment room.  You will only be required to remove you shoes and socks (it is advisable to wear loose, comfortable clothing).  

I apply either a cream or wax to your feet - depending on your preference and condition of the skin - using my thumb and fingers to apply gentle pressure to the feet.   

The treatment is 50 mins, after which you will be offered a glass of water and provided with an after care advice sheet.

who can have reflexology?

Anyone can benefit from reflexology from young babies to the the elderly.

how can reflexology help?

Reflexology can help:

  • release tension

  • aid relaxation

  • improve mood

  • aid sleep

  • promotes wellbeing

Reflexologists do not claim to diagnose, prescribe or cure.

... and are there any contraindications?

There are a few conditions which would make it unwise for a treatment to be offered.  These include:

  • Acute undiagnosed pain

  • If you are due to fly within 24 hours of receiving a treatment

  • Contagious diseases

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis in the legs due to a risk of dislodging the clot

  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol

  • Fever - this is usually the body's way of responding to infection

  • Gangrene

  • Haemorrhage (severe bleeding either externally or internally)

  • Medical tests or procedures - reflexology should not be offered for the first time immediately before a medical test or procedure

  • Organ transplants - reflexology could affect your medication 

  • Unstable heart conditions - once the heart condition is stabilised reflexology can be offered