What is Reflexology?

Photo by Jordan Whitt

Photo by Jordan Whitt

Reflexology is a natural therapy. It works by stimulating circulation and working very specific points on the body (usually feet, hands and ears) that have a balancing effect on the body. 

It is very stimulating and there are points that will create a powerful reaction in the body when worked well. Clients usually describe a sensation of heat, tingling, a feeling similar to pins and needles during the session followed by a deep sense of calm. 

While the treatment is very enjoyable and can feel like a massage at times, some reflexes will be tender, and some should be, even in good health. This feedback is fascinating and amazingly accurate. This experience of tuning into your physical self, noticing what sensations come up in a session, helps you to connect to your body and notice how you are feeling both physically and emotionally. 

It is so empowering to know how you are feeling, giving you the power to know what you need. Reflexologists will give you the supportive space to reflect on how you are feeling, helping you to review what is happening holistically and create a space for you to connect to your body and emotions.  

As reflexologists we cannot diagnose, and while we support the body to balance, we cannot cure. As a complementary therapy we work alongside other healthcare professionals and reflexology can be a very helpful part of a wider treatment plan. Reflexology is also covered by many private health insurance companies.   

Reflexology has been practiced in Ancient Egypt, India and China for thousands of years. It was developed in the west by Eunice Ingham in the 1930s building on the ‘Zone Therapy’ work of Dr William Fitzgerald. 

In my experience, reflexology is most powerful where stress is the cause of an issue, the number of sessions required will vary depending on the condition and the person. However, it is possible to get clear feedback about the success of reflexology after a session or two.