Reflexology  (1 hour)

Reflexology is a reflex zone therapy which uses reflex points on the feet and hands to achieve a balance to mind and body, that is often disrupted by stress or illness. It is also a very effective way to promote the body’s own healing ability.

Reflex points relate to organs and systems of the body, and so the treatment is a whole body therapy.

It promotes deep relaxation, and in doing so it is extremely useful for stress relief, insomnia, pain relief, digestive disorders, anxiety, balancing the endocrine system (hormones), and boosting the immune system. 

Over the many years that I have been giving Reflexology treatments I have noticed, and it has been remarked by clients, that treatments have had a positive effect on low mood. Clients suffering from mild depression, or going through a difficult time have found it supportive and uplifting. 

It is especially valuable to older people who find it a gentle and non-invasive therapy. Reflexology can help to relieve the isolation that some elderly people experience. It becomes a welcome and nurturing space for human interaction and caring support in their weekly routine.  


Maternity Reflexology

Maternity Reflexology is a very effective way to help with conditions that may arise during pregnancy and to prepare the body for labor.

Women who have regular Reflexology treatments have told me that it helps with fatigue, is supportive and ensures a space for them to relax on a regular basis at this busy time.

Reflexology can assist digestion as heartburn is frequently experienced, and the deep relaxation induced aids blood pressure and anxiety.

It is helpful in regulating hormone levels, relieving constipation, aches and pains experienced and the lymphatic drainage can be useful for oedema.

Reflexology proves especially valuable towards the end of pregnancy in helping to prepare the body for labour. As pregnancy progresses and the weight of the baby increases, it can be tiring and uncomfortable. Techniques of Reflexology can aid in mobilizing the pelvic and hip area, providing relief, but also ensuring that it is prepared for childbirth.

Reflexology’s ability to balance is particularly useful postpartum, when a woman’s body is returning to normal. 


Reflexology Research:

One large review by Kunz and Kunz (2008) summarized 168 research studies and abstracts from journals and meetings from around the world. Many of these studies originated in peer-reviewed journals in China and Korea. All of the studies had information about the frequency and duration of the reflexology application. Based on the studies they reviewed, Kunz and Kunz concluded that reflexology may:

  1. Have an impact on specific organs (e.g., fMRI readings demonstrated an increase in blood flow to kidneys and to the intestines)
  2. Be associated with an amelioration of symptoms (e.g., positive changes were noted in kidney functioning with kidney dialysis patients)
  3. Create a relaxation effect (e.g., EEGs measure alpha and theta waves, blood pressure was decreased, and anxiety was lowered)
  4. Aid in pain reduction (27 studies demonstrated a positive outcome for reduction in pain; e.g., AIDS, chest pain, peripheral neuropathy of diabetes mellitus, kidney stones, and osteoarthritis)

Source:  University of Minnesota