What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy involving massage of reflex areas found in the feet and hands. These reflex areas correspond to all parts of the body with the right foot and left foot representing the right and left sides of the body respectively. Early forms of the practice are believed to date back as far as ancient China, India and the Egyptians.
As points on the feet represent a full map of the body and all its internal organs, reflexology enables holistic treatment of the whole body and takes physical and non-physical aspects into consideration. While reflexology does not claim to cure or diagnose, it seeks to rebalance the body through manipulation of these areas of the feet, helping the body to restore itself naturally.
What conditions is reflexology beneficial for?
Advocates of the practice often report a greater sense of physical and mental wellbeing after treatment.
Who is it suitable for?
Reflexology is a non-invasive treatment suitable for people at all stages of life – from the young to the old. It offers potential benefits to the healthy, people suffering from minor ailments or chronic health conditions and those in need of palliative care. There may however be times when it is not suitable, so it is important to speak to a reflexologist ahead of treatment.
Your first reflexology treatment – what you can expect
When you first visit, your reflexology therapist will take a medical history so that they may fully understand your condition or any issues they ought to be aware of before treating you. You will then be asked to remove your shoes and socks so your therapist can examine your feet.
The treatment itself will take the form of a firm pressure massage to specific areas of the feet. Areas corresponding to parts of the body out of balance may feel tender when massaged but this should never be overwhelming, as the pressure of the massage will be tailored to meet individual requirements. The treatment will typically last between 45 minutes to an hour.
Get in touch
If you would like to learn more or make an appointment, please call +44 (0)20 7490 4042 or get in touch via email.