Reflexology is a holistic (whole person) approach to achieving good physical and emotional health - these two aspects of health are interdependent and affect each other greatly.


It is a therapy originated several thousand years ago in China and Egypt. More recently, in the early part of the last century it was introduced throughout the western world and is now widely practised in most countries. It is now accepted by the medical profession as a valid complementary therapy along with Physiotherapy, Acupuncture and Homeopathy.


It works with the natural energy of the body (known as Chi or Ki) which normally flows in an orderly way from the head to all parts of the body. It is disrupted by injury, illness, poor nutrition or mental distress. Reflexology involves massage of pressure points of the hands, or more usually the feet, and to relieves blockages in the flow and to bring the body and mind back to a balanced state.


A reflexology session begins with a short, confidential discussion of any health issues or any emotional problems which are relevant. The patient removes there shoes and socks if the feet are to be treated. No other clothing needs to be removed. 


The treatment itself takes just under 60 minutes. It involves the application of pressure from the practitioner’s thumbs and fingers to reflex areas on the feet (or hands) which relate to specific areas of the body and can have profound effects. The aim of treatment is to stimulate any underactive body systems and to calm any which are overactive thus balancing energy flow through the body and allowing healing to occur from the inside outwards.


Generally most conditions will respond to reflexology within 4-6 weekly sessions. Improvement may be sudden or more gradual so it is worth continuing treatment for the duration of the course your therapist recommends. Subsequently many people find a maintenance level of 1 session every month is enough to remain well.


As the reflexology treatment progresses you may experience a range of sensations such as warmth, coolness, tingling, buzzing as energy imbalances within the reflex areas of the feet and in the areas of the body to which they relate are reduced. These sensations are normal and indicate that treatment is working. No two people will experience reflexology in quite the same way and the sensations will vary on different occasions depending on your state of health at the time.


Treatment should not be painful and if any areas seem very tender your therapist can adjust the pressure used in treatment to a comfortable level. Sometimes after treatment when the body’s elimination systems have been stimulated and become more active you may experience minor symptoms as waste material is eliminated (detoxification). Do not be alarmed by any reactions you experience. They will pass within 24-48 hours. Such reactions sometimes occur after the first reflexology session but may not happen again.


It is important to remember that this is your time to relax and forget the normal pressures of life. Reflexology is capable of producing a deep state of tranquillity, a level between sleep and wakefulness. It is at this level that (if you will allow it) your body can begin to heal itself. The ability is within you – you body and mind know what is needed to be healthy. All you have to do is relax and listen to the whispers they give you. You may be surprised how much difference a course of Reflexology can make to how you feel about your health and your life.


If you have any queries or would like anymore information, please contact Irene

Claremont Holistic Therapies 0161 336 2912 or email: