An ancient practice with a modern twist

General Reflexology

Hot Stone reflexology

Reflexology for conception

Maternity Reflexology and post-natal care

A part of our bodies that are often unspoken, our feet and hands hold the key to much of our healing. It is incredibly interesting to know that our foot has over 7000 nerve endings and each reflex point corresponds with a gland, organ or body area. Reflexology looks to use these nerve endings to assist in energy flow through areas of stress or illness and calm anxious nerves. By applying gentle pressure to areas of the feet or hands a Reflexologist can help the body restore its own healthy balance. Evidence has been found for some form foot and hand therapy being practised in China and Egypt more than four thousand years ago.

Reflexology aims to treat the individual as a whole, creating a state of harmony in both body and mind. It has the benefit of also being a deeply relaxing therapy, and during periods of relaxation the body takes the opportunity to heal, restore and energise itself.

Reflexology can induce a deep state of relaxation, which improves the effectiveness of the treatment. Relaxing helps relieve tension and aids circulation, increasing the flow of nutrients, oxygen, and energy to all parts of the body, and helping with the removal of toxins.

While it is not a cure, Reflexology can be particularly helpful in managing many health conditions, especially constant or recurring ones that we might have come to accept over time as being a normal part of life.

Reflexology is suitable for all ages, from baby to adult, and can be especially helpful for long-term and recurring conditions. Reflexology does not diagnose and does not cure though; as a complementary therapy it should not be considered an alternative to conventional medicine.

Reflexology is also an excellent aid to conceiving and in relieving symptoms of pelvic girdle pain, swelling, insomnia, nausea and digestive issues experienced during maternity. In your final trimester, reflexology can also be used to help induce labour.

While relaxation and energy flow are most common in reflexology, other benefits include:

Cleansing the body of toxins

Boosting the immune system

Increasing circulation

Increasing lymphatic flow

Promoting healing and reduce ailments

Reducing stress

A few of the more common conditions that can be supported through Reflexology:

Stress and tension

Hayfever and other allergies

Hormonal imbalance


High blood pressure

Insomnia and sleep disorder

PMT, PMS and menstrual problems

Back pain

Headaches and migraines

Irritable bowel syndrome

Women’s health

Conception, pregnancy and post-partum

During a reflexology treatment, all you will need to do is lie down, roll up your trouser legs (so try and wear something a little loose) and remove your socks. Reflexology will then be applied to your feet using a balm or oil.

Maternity Reflexology

Some benefits of conception/maternity reflexology include:

Assisted conception

Lowering stress

Reducing morning sickness

Reducing insomnia

Reducing pelvic girdle pain

To balance hormones and emotions

To help in inducing labour

Easing anxiety

Improving breast milk flow

Helping your menstrual cycle to return to normal post-birth

Hot Stone Reflexology

A beautifully nourishing and indulgent treatment. Allow the heat from these volcanic, river-washed, basalt stones to penetrate your muscles and tendons with their warmth and melt away tension up to 7 layers deeper than what the hands alone can reach. The Hot stones are combined with normal reflexology techniques – the best of both worlds!


How many treatments will I need?

Everyone is different and the response to Reflexology can be immediate or sometimes take longer than one appointment, but often benefits can be seen after 4-5 sessions. Regular weekly treatments are best for the body properly beginning the self-healing process, and following an initial consultation I will suggest the number of Reflexology sessions I think we should undertake.

Can you diagnose my health problems?

Reflexologists cannot claim to diagnose or cure, but during a treatment we get ‘feedback’ as to which parts of the body are working well and which are not. Sometimes Reflexology will highlight a specific area which is struggling or working hard to maintain your wellbeing; if a particular reflex point shows this kind of reaction I’ll discuss it with you at the end of the session.

What happens in a treatment? Do I need to undress?

Reflexology is performed entirely on the feet, ankles or hands, so the most you’ll have to do is take off your socks and roll up your trousers! During the treatment the client lies on their back on a reclining chair, supported by pillows and covered with a soft blanket to keep them warm.

And don’t worry – reflexology doesn’t tickle! Many clients come to me with ticklish feet or worried about their feet being touched, but find they can relax and enjoy the benefits of Reflexology.

Does reflexology hurt?

You might find some areas feel sensitive to the touch, but Reflexology does not involve hard pressing in the way something like a sports massage might. As a therapist I will be aware of the status of your feet, noticing how they feel, the temperature and colour. All these things play a part in understanding which areas of your body – as reflected through your feet – require a bit more care and attention.


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