How Reflexology Works

Reflexology therapies are natural therapeutic methods derived from this study based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands that map to other parts, glands, and organs of the body.

Whilst working the pressure points (often known as reflex points), the therapist can detect areas of imbalance in the body often presenting as crystal deposits on the foot. An experienced therapist aims to eliminate those imbalances by using very specific thumb and finger massage techniques to encourage the body and mind to find its natural balance again, a state often referred to in the health world as ‘homeostasis’ [definition ‘standing still’]. This is the point when the body can start to renew, repair and restart.

Our busy lives, poor diet and sedentary lifestyles can often mean we are not in this ideal ‘balanced’ state. Reflexology treatments are a wonderfully pleasurable way to help you get back there. It offers deep relaxation for the whole body, relaxing the nervous system, helping to remove toxins and boosting the blood circulation to promote good physical, emotional and mental health. If for any reason the foot cannot be used, the hand can also be treated.

Reflexologists work as complimentary therapists alongside conventional treatments. We do not diagnose. The benefits of reflexology are now recognized by many medical professionals and General Practitioners can refer patients for Reflexology as a complement to conventional medicine,

Benefits of Reflexology

Through the application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology therapy may:

  • Relieve stress and tension
  • Relieve insomnia, migraines and symptoms of the menopause
  • Relief from allergies
  • Reflexology may improve circulation and the immune system
  • Reflexology may improve overall sense of well being

Foot Reflexology

This is the stimulation of the foot for health conditions in other parts of the body using specific hand and finger techniques.

Hand Reflexology

This is the stimulation of the hands for health conditions in other parts of the body.
Another great benefit of Reflexology is hands can be worked in place of the feet.

Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)

RLD is an award winning reflexology technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. The aim is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body. It is a unique sequence that has been researched and developed by Sally Kay, whilst working in Cancer Care. The results appear to support the theory of reflexology.

Breast Cancer​ is the most common cancer in the UK. According to Cancer Research UK (2011), the lifetime risk of developing it in the UK is 1:8 for women and 1:1014 for men. Approximately 20% of these patients develop secondary lymphoedema of the arm following treatment for breast cancer. Lymphoedema is defined as tissue swelling due to the failure of lymph drainage. After breast cancer a person may experience psychological or emotional difficulties due to altered body image, and a swollen limb can exacerbate this. Research suggests that survivors with lymphoedema are more likely to suffer psychological and emotional difficulties, be more disabled, and experience a poorer quality of life than survivors without the condition. Improved breast cancer survival rates suggest that approximately 2:3 women survive the disease beyond 20 years. This means that more people are living longer with this debilitating side effect for which there is currently no cure. Lymphatic drainage massage (MLD) is used to treat conditions other than lymphoedema, and RLD may be used similarly.

MLD may be useful with the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • ME
  • Sinus problems
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Muscular tension
  • Aches and pains
  • Premenstrual Syndrome