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What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a complementary therapy, which works on the feet to help the person as a whole, and not just the presenting symptoms.

How can reflexology help me?

Reflexology can help to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. By using this gentle therapy it encourages the body to work naturally and thus restores it’s own healthy balance.

Reflexology may help with:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Stress related conditions
  • Low self esteem
  • Headaches & Migraine
  • Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle & Joint Pain
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Poor Immune System

Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.

History of Reflexology?

The Chinese are said to have used an earlier form of Reflexology more than 5000 years ago in their pressure therapies. With Egyptian tomb hieroglyphics showing foot massage dating back 2000BC too. It wasn’t until 1913 that Dr William Fritzgerald introduced Reflexology to the Western World as we know it today. He noted that reflex areas on the feet were linked to areas of the organs and the body. Eunice Ingham developed this therapy further by observing that congestion and tension in any part of the foot mirrored in the corresponding body.

What happens during a treatment?

On the first visit, the Reflexologist will have a consultation with you. This is to determine your present lifestyle and any presenting health issues that you may wish to discuss. As it’s your feet being worked on, you remain fully clothed through out the session, except for shoes, socks or tights. Your Reflexologist will invite you to relax on a treatment couch or reclining chair. Your feet will be cleansed at the start of the treatment and then a variety of Reflexology techniques will be used and adapted to your individual needs. Reflexology can also be carried out on your hands as well as your feet, although this maybe not be as relaxing. A reflexology treatment lasts approximately one hour, but expect an extra half hour for your first visit due to the consultation. A course of treatments maybe recommended depending on the body’s needs.

How will I feel after the treatment?

To gain maximum benefit from your Reflexology treatment, try to rest afterwards – this helps your body’s natural healing process. Drink plenty of water over the next few days – this helps flush away the toxins. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is transitory and is part of the healing process.

Potential benefits of Reflexology can include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Feelings of deep relaxation
  • Increased energy levels
  • The release of endorphins, which are the body’s feel good hormones.
  • Improved pain relief
  • A sense that the body is more balanced or in harmony
  • A stronger immune system
  • A sense of well-being

Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions.

After having completed a course of Reflexology treatments for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being.

The Association of Reflexologists

AOR is an established body that provides a network of qualified practitioners to which the public can refer with confidence. The aim of the Association is to help maintain a high standard of practice and patient care and to promote Reflexology. Members are bound by the Association's code of Practice and Ethics.

Price: £30 per session