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Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hand with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion.  It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change to the body. 

History of Reflexology 

Around the world and throughout history reflexology has been rediscovered and reinstated as a health practice time and time again by peoples around the globe seeking to deal with health concerns.  Archeological evidence Egypt (2330 BCE), China (2704 BCE) and Japan (690 CE) points to ancient reflexology medical systems.  In the West, the concept of  reflexology began to emerge in the 19th century, based on research into the nervous system and reflex.  While the direct evidence of direct cross-fertilization from ancient times has been discovered, the practice of foot and hand work in a variety of cultures, belief systems and historical period speaks to reflexology for health as a universal bridging concept.

Is Reflexology right for you?

Reflexology helps relax, improves mood, aids sleep, helps relieve tension and improves a sense of well-being.

Reflexology has therefore benefited many people suffering with a number of conditions and is a safe therapy for children and adults.  Sports men and women, cancer patients and pregnant women are among those who use the therapy on a regular basis.

Conditions aided by reflexology

-  anorexia nervosa
-  circulation problems
-  sports injuries
-  joint pain
-  neck stiffness
-  frozen shoulder
-  back pain
-  irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

To be clear, reflexology does not cure cancer or these conditions but may aid in the relief of their symptoms and sometimes also the side effects of their treatments.


NB Nothing above should be taken to mean that people are discouraged from seeking advice from a medical professional e.g a GP.

My other services: shiatsu and reiki treatments, Swedish full body massage, and facial beauty treatments.

Nadia Reid | Shiatsu and Reflexology | nadia@shiatsuandreflexology.co.uk