Reflexology.... Not just a nice foot rub! - Heather Baker

Reflexology is a non-intrusive natural health therapy that can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end-of-life care, and everyone in between. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside other health care practitioners to promote better health for their clients.

Areas where Reflexology can be useful

Stress management - Reflexology is known for its ability to quickly relieve stress, calming overactive adrenal glands and harmonising the body by opening neural pathways.  Studies have reported that recipients feel a much greater sense of wellbeing and cope better with stress after treatment. Because of this reflexology can be particularly useful in eliminating headaches and migraines with this being one of the most popular applications of reflexology.

Circulation - One of the most well-known and verified benefits of reflexology is an improvement in circulation throughout the body. This means more oxygen reaches vital organ systems, thereby optimizing their functioning and further increasing the metabolism. This also results in faster healing and re-growth of damaged cells.

Chronic illness - Reflexology reduces pain, promotes the elimination of toxins and helps activate and balance all body systems.

The Elderly - Reflexology is used more and more in nursing homes with excellent results in relation to pain relief, calming of agitated patients and improved bowel function.

Foot problems - Reflexology reduces oedema, alleviates foot pain, and improves mobility of the foot and ankle.

Pregnancy and Birth - Reflexology is used by many midwives and is a wonderful way to support a woman through pregnancy and labour.

What to expect in a treatment

The practitioner will first ask detailed questions about your lifestyle, and prior and/or current medical problems. You will then sit or recline on a couch or chair with your feet bare, while the practitioner examines your feet before working on all the areas of the feet.  The practitioner uses foot charts to guide them as they apply pressure to specific areas.  Reflexology is not meant to hurt, but you should be aware of varying degrees of pressure.

To get the full therapeutic effect, the practitioner will suggest the right quantity of treatments based on the type of problem the patient has. Up to five or six treatments are usually required to reap the full benefits of this practice.