Reflexology, have you tried it ? By Alison Sheff

Many people are unaware that there is a difference between reflexology and a foot massage and many may think they have tried reflexology, until they actually have it!

Reflexologists work on the principle that the whole body is mapped onto the feet in the form of reflex points.  Working precisely with these points, applying pressure, and stimulating the complex neural pathways that link all the body’s systems to encourage and support them to work optimally and restore natural balance.

Whilst most think feet when talking about reflexology, it is also applied to the hands, face and even ears (auricular)

What are the benefits of Reflexology?

Reflexology promotes deep relaxation. By getting the body and mind to relax, tension starts to melt away and you feel better both physically and emotionally.

Reflexology, along with other complementary therapies, are increasingly being used alongside standard healthcare. Many hospitals, specialist care centres and hospices increasingly have complementary therapies available as the health and wellbeing benefits to patients and carers and staff are increasingly recognised.  Availability studies within the NHS, show reflexology to be available in 62% of cancer units.

Does it hurt?

Have you had reflexology and found it painful?

I have spoken with many people over the years who believed that reflexology had to hurt to be effective.  This is a concept that I have never been able to understand, after all, if you lay there waiting for the pain, how will you ever let go and fully relax?

Whilst I was training my tutor would say, “remember, positive pressure not pull-away pain”.

Having sensitive areas on the feet is common. Our feet work extremely hard for us day in day out, after all the average person walks three times around the world in their lifetime!  

What to expect

Reflexologists will utilise a variety of techniques and may even use different types of reflexology during a session depending on your health, how you are feeling currently and what they find in the reflexes, so every reflexology session is completely unique for you.  

Reflexology is guaranteed to promote deep relaxation and as with other hands-on therapies, it gets all those lovely endorphins and ‘feel-good’ hormones doing their thing, leaving you with increased sense of wellbeing and incredibly happy feet.

Finding a Reflexologist

To be a registered and recognised reflexologist with a professional body such as the Association of Reflexologists (AOR), registered reflexologists are expected achieve a minimum of a Level 3 qualification in reflexology although many may train at degree level. 

You can find a certified, insured reflexologist local to you via bodies such as the AOR along with guidance as to the questions to ask when looking for the right reflexologist for you.

 Alison Sheff MAR


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