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What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the technique of applying pressure to the feet using the thumb and fingers. It aims to bring about a state of deep relaxation, stimulate our own healing processes and help create a sense of well-being. It is very different from a foot massage, but you will also receive some foot massage to warm and relax your feet.

Reflexology works on the principle that there are reflex points on the feet that relate to every organ, gland and body part. The feet can be thought of as mirroring the body and so the and glands etc. can be mapped onto the feet. The left foot mirrors the left side of the body and the right foot reflects the right side of the body. Light pressure is used to work each of the points on the feet, toes, and ankles to release tension, remove energy blockages, stimulate the circulation of blood and lymph, and promote healing of both body and mind.

The origin of modern reflexology reaches as far back in history as 5,000 years ago, where Egyptians and Chinese are known to have used techniques to work the feet to improve overall health, but reflexology in its modern form was founded in the early 20th century, and continues to develop today.

How does Reflexology work?

It is still not proven how reflexology works, but we certainly know that energy follows paths around the body. Nerve impulses travel along nerve fibres, or if we look at Chinese Medicine, the belief is that energy moves through meridian pathways. However, there is much evidence in modern science which confirms that our cells produce electromagnetic fields in and around the body. Whichever system reflexology is utilizing, working the reflexes accesses energy communication around the body, restores balance, and encourages healing.

What are the benefits of Reflexology?

Reflexology is a holistic treatment and the reflexologist aims to treat the whole body through the feet. Reflexology can help you cope with specific conditions, or can act in a preventative way, aiming to help your body to fight off future illness through improving your energy levels and stimulating your immune system. Or you may simply want to indulge yourself, giving yourself the chance to de-stress, relax and revitalise the body - some "me-time", some pampering, some time out...

Specific effects you may experience are:

  • Relaxes tense muscles
  • Calms the mind
  • Improves energy levels
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Improves lymph circulation
  • Cleanses and detoxifies the body
  • Pain relief
  • A lifting of your mood
  • Balances over or under-active body systems
  • Encourages the body to heal itself
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Leaves you with a general feeling of tranquillity, calmness and wellbeing
The effects may be felt at the first treatment, or it may need several treatments for changes to be noticed. Depending on your aims, treatments may be weekly, fortnightly, monthly, or you may just come for a "top up" when you feel the need.

Who can benefit from Reflexology?

Reflexology is suitable for men, women and children of all ages. It is also a wonderful therapy to receive during pregnancy, although it is best avoided in the first three months of pregnancy. Children respond well as they are naturally relaxed and their bodies are very responsive. There are some medical conditions where it may not be possible to carry out treatment, which is why a full consultation is carried out before commencing. This also allows the treatment to be tailored to your own needs. If you have any serious medical conditions or take medication, it is advisable to check with your doctor before making an appointment.

How much does a session cost?

60 mins. 30.00 (Full treatment)
45 mins. 25.00
30 mins. 20.00

Sarah offers reflexology sessions from her tranquil treatment room in Northam, near Bideford, in North Devon. 



Complementary therapies are intended to be complementary to conventional medicine, and are not intended to replace either medication or traditional healthcare. Nor are they intended to replace proper diagnoses and/or treatment by a qualified medical practitioner.


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