Reflexology is one of the oldest holistic therapies, treating the person as a whole, not just their prevailing symptoms. Reflexology is based on the theory that reflexes on the hands, feet, face and ears correspond to the organs, glands and systems of the body. Working reflexes with unique finger and thumb techniques may produce a response in the corresponding area of the body, providing symptom relief from many acute and chronic conditions, promoting well-being and improved health.
Who can benefit from reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages, children, men and women. Reflexology can bring benefit to many chronic and acute conditions, as well as promoting good health and well-being to many. Reflexology is recognised as an effective therapy promoted by healthcare professionals in healthcare settings and is widely used in hospice care.
The benefit of reflexology is well documented for a variety of health conditions, including but not limited to:
- Hormonal problems
- Digestive disorders
- Stress and anxiety
- Sleep disorders
- Musculo-skeletal problems
- Pain relief
What happens at a reflexology session?
At the first session a full medical history and life-style consultation is completed, establishing your individual needs and consent to treatment is obtained. This enables Kathy to ensure suitability for treatment and tailor a personalised treatment programme incorporating reflexology techniques most beneficial for you.
Reflexology pregnancy and fertility
Reflexology is a safe treatment to receive during pregnancy and may provide relief from ailments such as musculoskeletal problems, fatigue, swollen legs and feet, nausea and anxiety. Reflexology may also help with labour induction and may be beneficial to support if you are trying for a baby or are receiving fertility treatment.
How long will the session last?
Although one hour treatments are available, Kathy recommends the first treatment takes 1 hour 30 as this allows for consultation and a full treatment. Subsequent treatments are 1-hour.
How will I feel after reflexology?
Each individual will experience a unique response to treatment. Most clients feel relaxed, have a feeling of well-being and report improved sleep. Some clients go through a transitional, temporary phase of feeling tired and a little under the weather, a time when the body is adjusting to the effects of the treatment. Following reflexology it is advisable to drink water to avoid dehydration.
Clinical reflexology, Cardiff Metropolitan University (2018), part of a degree in Complementary Healthcare B.Sc (Hons)
Reflexology Lymphatic drainage (RLD) with Sally Kay – 2018
Clinical reflexology Diploma – Christie Hospital 2015
Nerve Reflexology Diploma -Nico Pauly – 2009
Advanced Reflexology Techniques (ART) -Tony Porter – 2008
Vertical Reflexology Techniques (VRT) Lynne Booth – 2007
Maternity and Fertility -Suzanne Enzer – 2006
Reflexology level 3 IIR – 2004a
Research & Evidence
Using reflexology to manage stress in the workplace: A preliminary study. Atkins and Harris (2008). Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 14; pp. 280-287.
Reflexology in the management of low back pain: A pilot randomised controlled trial.
Quinn et al, (2008). Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 16; pp. 3-8.
A pilot study of the effectiveness of reflexology in treating idiopathic constipation in women. Woodward et al, (2010). Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 16; pp. 41-46.
Tiran, D. Mackereth, P. (2011). Clinical Reflexology. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Reflexology in Pregnancy and Childbirth Manual
Reflexology in Pregnancy and Childbirth. Tiran, D. (2010). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Reflexology for fertility
Reflexology for Fertility. Scott, B. (2016). London: Watkins.