Initial consultation (up to 90 mins) - £40
Follow up sessions - £35
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a non intrusive complementary health therapy. A reflexologist works on points on the feet, lower leg or hands; however, reflexology may also be performed on the ears and face
The art of reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt, India and China, but it wasn't until 1913 that Dr William Fitzgerald introduced it as 'zone therapy' to the western world. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body. In the 1930s, Eunice Ingham further developed zone therapy into what is now known as reflexology.
Is reflexology suitable for me?
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. However, there may occasionally be times when it is not suitable to provide a session, and your reflexologist will advise you if this is the case.
What happens when I go for reflexology?
Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive; depending on the type of reflexology, the most clothing that will have to be removed will be socks and shoes.
A full medical history will be requested and you will be asked to sign a consent form. This information will be kept confidential.
The therapist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet and lower leg, hands, ears or face, dependent upon the type of reflexology chosen. You may feel areas of mild discomfort during the session, but generally the experience should be relaxing. The therapist may recommend a course of sessions.
Will reflexology help me?
Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual therapy which works with you holistically, so it is not possible to know in advance how you will react. The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually, you might feel relaxed and tension might be reduced after a session; you may sleep better and you may notice a feeling of improved mood and general wellbeing. You might also find that other aspects improve too, but this happens on a very individual basis.
There have been some positive research projects carried out with reflexology, but there is not a large enough body of evidence for us to make clinical claims of effectiveness.
With ever increasing levels of stress, it is important for people to take more responsibility for their own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life.
How will I feel after a session?
After one or two sessions, your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people note a sense of wellbeing and relaxation. However, sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful - this is usually transitory, and reflexologists believe that it is part of the healing process. It is useful to give feedback to the reflexologist, as this may show the response of your body to the therapy. This in turn might help the reflexologist to tailor a plan specific to your needs.
Source of information: The Association of Reflexologists - "The Art of Reflexology" 2011