What is Reflexology

Reflexology is a non intrusive massage therapy used to relieve tension and support the body through times of illness and stress. It is an ancient healing art that has been practiced for thousands of years in China, India and Egypt.  It is based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet and hands that correspond to parts of the body. Soreness or sensitivity in these reflexes is understood to reflect an imbalance in the corresponding body part. By massaging and stimulating these specific points, your reflexologist is able to release blockages which boost circulation along these nerve energy pathways, helping your body to heal itself and restore balance. Please watch the short film below, made by the Association of Refelxologists (AoR), to find out more.

A typical appointment

  • Appointments are usually 60 minutes long, but can be more or less depending on your individual treatment plan.

  • You will be asked to complete a medical history before your first session.

  • Clients remove their shoes and socks and sit in a reclining chair.

  • If you have verrucas please make sure they are covered with a plaster.

  • Massage balm is used on the feet and/or hands.

  • Before each treatment your reflexologist will review your treament plan and discuss any changes in symptom patterns since your last session.

  • After each session your reflexologist will discuss their findings and may provide lifestyle advice or hand reflexology for you to try at home.

  • Some people feel a change in their symptom patterns immediately, while others require several sessions before they feel the benefits. 

How can reflexology help me?

In our stressful world, it can be difficult to find the time to take care of ourselves. A Reflexology session can be a wonderful way to take time out to relax and allow our bodies to heal, whilst actively supporting our health and well-being.


When we are stressed we produce adrenaline and cortisol- part  of our fight or flight response. Our hearts race, blood is pumped away from our gut and towards our muscles. Although we are no longer fleeing predators, modern day stresses such as work deadlines, screaming children or running late for an appointment, has the same effect on the body. Being in a state of stress for long periods of time results in high levels of adrenaline and cortisol remaining in our system which, in turn can lead to increased inflammation, raised blood pressure and reduced immunity. It is accepted that 75% of  all illnesses are stress related so it is important to find ways of managing stress.


Reflexology is one such way. When we are relaxed our heart rate slows, blood is pumped to our digestive system and our body can begin to recover from physical and metabolic activity. Muscles can now relax and the body can perform the necessary healing it requires. Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between. By allowing yourself the time to stop and relax you will be amazed at the difference you can make to your health and well-being. 


To hear more about why people have chosen Reflexology, watch this short film, 'Why Reflexology', made by the Association of Reflexologists (AoR).



Effectiveness of Reflexology

Reflexologists do not claim to diagnose, prescribe or cure and reflexology should not replace standard medical care. However, it can be extremely beneficial in alleviating symptoms and helping the body to restore a state of natural balance. Many medical institutions are now adopting reflexology into their care programs, for example, 80% of palliative care units now employ their own reflexologist. Due to a change in advertising standards even the most well trained and experienced reflexologist cannot use medical terminology to explain the effectiveness of treatments or the benefits it may bring. To find out more about current research into the effectiveness of reflexology click here. 


It is important to choose a qualified practitioner who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of Reflexology. There is a world of difference between someone offering 'foot massage' and a highly trained and skilled Reflexologist. Members of the Association of Reflexologists hold a nationally recognised Reflexology qualification; are fully insured; and are committed to high professional standards: adhering to the AoR code of practice and continuing professional development.
AoR certificate
Take a look at these interactive foot and hand maps from the AoR to learn more about the reflexes stimulated by Reflexologists. 
Inerative foot map
Interactiv hand map