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Reflexology is a holistic therapy based on the belief that there are points on the feet – reflexes – that correspond to organs and systems within the body. By stimulating these reflexes with light pressure it is aimed to restore balance. Reflexology does not diagnose, nor offer a cure for medical conditions but is a therapy designed to activate the body’s own healing powers.

The practitioner will initially take details of the client’s medical history and lifestyle. The treatment is carried out, fully clothed apart from the feet. The therapist will apply pressure to each of the reflex points one foot at a time. Any discomfort felt may indicate some imbalance in the corresponding area of the body. If specific problems are involved a series of sessions are usually necessary for the maximum impact. Many people like to have regular monthly sessions to keep their bodies in good working order.

Reflexology is a deeply relaxing and nurturing treatment and many people like to have it for this reason alone. It can also be helpful for conditions such as hypertension, depression, stress & insomnia. The “clearing and cleaning” and balancing effects of reflexology make it particularly helpful for such things as digestive disorders and sinus congestions etc.

For women: Problems related to hormonal imbalance such as PMS, menopausal symptoms, and the distress caused by them respond particularly well to reflexology. Fertility/Conception: Reflexology may be helpful for certain infertility problems and difficulties conceiving in women. It aims to balance and improve the hormonal environment for conception, stimulate secretion of and balance levels of oestrogen and progesterone, stimulate ovulation, improve blood supply to the reproductive organs, as well as inducing deep relaxation and de-stressing.

Reflexology is not suitable for those suffering from Epilepsy, Phlebitis or anyone with an infectious condition of the feet.

Pregnancy: Reflexology is safe in pregnancy after the first trimester i.e. when the pregnancy is well established (I do not take clients before week 16). If there is a history of miscarriage or any doubt about other health problems you will be asked to consult your doctor before embarking on a course of reflexology.

Reflexology can be extremely helpful during pregnancy, regular treatments not only help to improve and maintain overall health but may also help to shorten the length of labour and promote a healthy recovery. Pregnancy is neither the time to treat specific conditions, nor to encourage elimination from the body, so it will be a general and gentle treatment to promote deep relaxation, and good health in the mother. During the last six weeks of pregnancy deeper work into the reproductive reflexes will help to increase the circulation of blood to the pelvis ready for delivery. To be really effective regular reflexology treatments throughout the pregnancy are advised.

If the therapist has any doubts you will be asked to consult your GP before treatment.


Elizabeth Austin



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