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Clinical Reflexology

non-invasive complementary therapy

Clinical reflexology is a non-invasive complementary therapy, which works alongside conventional medical care to help bring the body into balance. Clinical reflexology works on the principle that different areas of the feet, hands and ears, correspond to all the different areas of the body, including the internal organs and glands.

The history

It is an ancient healing technique used initially by the Chinese and the Egyptians and the earliest records date back some 4000 years. During the 4th century AD, Chinese acupuncturists applied pressure to the feet to help release energy and aid healing. Modern reflexology was introduced to the west by American physiotherapist Eunice Ingham who, in the 1930s, studied and refined these early records. Since then various different approaches to reflexology have been developed and I have had the privilege to have studied with some of the great pioneers in the world of reflexology. By applying pressure using the thumbs and fingers a trained clinical reflexologist can help to identify areas of imbalance and can create a unique bespoke treatment to stimulate the body`s own healing process, helping address inbalances to the body and help restore harmony within. Reflexologists do not claim to diagnose, prescribe, heal, or cure. Results from treatments do vary from one person to another, but generally you may feel more relaxed during and after a treatment, experience improved sleep, mood and feeling of wellbeing.


As we are starting to understand, stress has a huge impact on our health. We live in such a fast paced society nowadays that we don`t have time to relax and unwind and our bodies are feeling the brunt of it. When we`re stressed, we produce excess amounts of cortisol which serves an important function, to prepare our bodies for `fight or flight` situations. This is fine for genuinely stressful situations, but repeated stress can have a huge impact on the body. When we`re in this state of fight or flight, our bodies shut down all `non-essential` functions, which changes immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, reproductive system and growth processes. This is why stress related illnesses are becoming more common and why we really need to spend time learning how to de-stress. This interactive foot chart shows all of the foot reflexology points and what they correspond to: Foot Chart This chart is for guidance only and should not be regarded as a definitive reflexology foot chart. Reflexology is not a substitute for medical intervention and it is important that for any serious medical conditions, diagnosis is made by a medical professional. As reflexologists, we can not claim to cure, prescribe or diagnose, but many believe it is a great therapy to re-balance, relax and restore.

Take a look at the video below showing some of the reasons why people choose reflexology:

Further reading on reflexology

There is growing evidence that reflexology has a positive impact on some medical conditions. However, as this research is limited I cannot say for definite that reflexology can help you with a specific condition. Below are links to some of the latest research in reflexology: The effect of reflexology on the autonomic nervous system in healthy adults: a feasibility study The effects of reflexology on chronic low back pain intensity in nurses employed in hospitals affiliated with Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. The impact of hand reflexology on pain, anxiety and satisfaction during minimally invasive surgery under local anaesthetic: A randomised controlled trial.

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