Reflexology is a method of activating the healing powers of the body through the manipulation of the feet. It is an extremely effective way of balancing the body particularly the endocrine or hormone system.

Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body.

Your Reflexologist will work holistically with you and aim to work alongside your other healthcare providers to improve your health.

How can reflexology help me?
Reflexology is a very individual treatment which works with you holistically, so it is not possible to know in advance how you will react.

The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually, after a treatment your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving. You may also find that other aspects improve too – however, this happens on an individual basis.

With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to take more responsibility for their own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life.

Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.

What happens when I go for a treatment?
Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive. Depending on the type of reflexology, the most clothing that will have to be removed during treatment will be your socks and shoes.

The therapist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet, lower leg, hands, ears or face, depending on the type of reflexology chosen. You may feel areas of transient discomfort during the treatment, but generally the experience should be relaxing.

Depending on your condition, the therapist may recommend a course of treatments for you.

How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?
After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people notice a sense of well-being and relaxation. Sometimes however people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is usually transitory and Reflexologists believe that it is part of the healing process.

It is useful to give feedback to the Reflexologist as this may show the response of your body to treatment. This in turn might help the Reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.

Maternity Reflexology is completely safe and may be a beneficial treatment throughout pregnancy from conception to birth.

Current research has shown Reflexology to be very beneficial throughout pregnancy. It is believed to detoxify the body and create physical well being. It may also assist in reducing the amount of drugs used and may dramatically help reduce the number of hours in labour.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage can be used together with Reflexology to help with fluid retention.

Other symptoms of pregnancy that may be helped by using Reflexology are:

  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Lower backache and sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Fluid retention
  • Haemorrhoids
  • High blood pressure
  • Pubis symphysis dysfunction.

Postnatally, reflexology may help with:

          • Exhaustion
          • Post natal depression
          • Mastitis
          • Constipation
          • Haemorrhoids
          • Recovery from a caesarean

Frances has written two articles on the use of Manual Lymph Drainage and also on Reflexology in pregnancy.  To read these articles please double click on the links below: