Reflexology is a gentle, holistic therapy based on the principle that
certain parts of the body reflect other parts of the body. These points of
reflection, Reflex points, can be found throughout the body; in the feet,
hands, ears, shins, and face, among others.
A reflexology treatment is the systematic application of pressure to these
points, stimulating the body’s own natural healing process. The body starts progressively
clearing blockages, re-establishing energy flows and balancing itself,
resulting in better health.
Subtle yet powerful, reflexology is becoming increasingly popular in the
world of complementary therapies. It is one of the few natural therapies to be
adopted by health professionals and used in a medical setting, particularly in
the areas of sub-fertility, pregnancy and maternity, cancer care recovery, aged
care and stress management.
Reflexology has a sound track record in helping many common conditions such
as backache and soft tissue injury, IBS and digestive conditions, blood
pressure irregularities, sub-fertility, stress anxiety and depression, PMS and
migraines to name just a few.
It is a complementary therapy, meaning that it can be used alongside, and in
conjunction, with allopathic or Western medicine. Many studies have shown its
effectiveness as a support for those undergoing chemo- or radio- therapy and it
has been shown to be a highly effective element in the treatment plans for the
management of many chronic conditions.
Many cancer centres and hospitals in the UK
now offer patients reflexology as part of their care for
patients suffering from cancer.