What is Reflexology?


Reflexology as the therapy we know today was developed in the twentieth century by a nurse Eunice Ingham, who divided the feet and hands into 10 zones which correspond to areas of the body.  Therefore we can treat the whole body by working on reflex points on the feet or hands. Reflexologists work on these reflex points, with the thumbs and fingers, helping to put right any imbalances in the body.

The principles that reflexology is based on have been used for many thousands of years by the Chinese, Egyptians and native American Indians. The Chinese used a form of reflexology over 5000 years ago as one of their pressure therapies. Drawings in Egyptian tombs, shows foot work being carried out and the native American Indians believed that massage or manipulation of the feet helped to maintain, physical, mental and spiritual balance.

How can reflexology help me?


The main benefits of reflexology are:

  • Help in reducing, stress and anxiety and relaxing the body
  • Improving sleep
  • Improved general health and wellbeing through rebalancing the body.

Reflexology can often be used alongside conventional medical care but it is not meant as an alternative to it and does not diagnose conditions. Clients should still see their GP if they have undiagnosed ailments that they are concerned about. Certain conditions may require permission from a GP before a treatment can be given. This would be identified during the consultation. In general though reflexology provides a safe relaxing therapy for most people.

What Happens during a Treatment?


The treatment lasts for approximately 45 minutes, (excluding consultation which takes approximately 15 minutes).  Shorter treatments can be given where needed, for example where an individual is frail.  You will remain fully clothed apart from socks/tights and shoes. This means that reflexology is a very convenient treatment to have in a lunch break or straight from work or in cases where people are immobile or unwell and not able to move very much.

The treatment will be given on a treatment couch, footstool or reclining chair depending upon preference and circumstances. In most cases the treatment is performed on the feet but where that isn’t possible, the hands can be used instead.

Reflexology is a very flexible treatment and is easily accessible for most people. In cases where people are very frail or have mobility issues the treatment can be given in their bed or wheelchair if necessary. As mentioned above, the length of the treatment can be reduced where required.

Following the treatment, aftercare advice such as drinking lots of water will be given. Depending upon your needs, the therapist may be able to work with you on some basic, reflexology points, exercise or dietary issues that you can carry out afterwards and which will compliment the reflexology treatment.

Why Choose Reflexology?

  • Reflexology helps to reduce stress and anxiety and relaxthe body. It helps to improve sleep and can improve general health and well being through rebalancing the body.
  • Reflexology is a flexible therapy that is usually carried out on the feet but which can use the hands instead if required. It can be carried out in a bed or wheelchair if the client is frail or has limited mobility. It is also given fully clothed which makes it very convenient for people who wish to have the treatment in their lunch break, or again who are frail and/or have limited mobility. This flexibility means that reflexology is a very accessible therapy.

Why Choose Reflexions?

  • Reflexions provides a high quality reflexology treatment, with full consultation and aftercare to meet your individual needs.
  • The service offered is flexible and aims to ensure that the service is accessible to clients, offering treatments in your own home but also offering a comfortable treatment room in my home if preferred.