What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a relaxing treatment which involves a combination of soothing massage movements and specifically targeted firm pressure on the soles, top and sides of the feet.

Where did Reflexology originate?

Reflexology is an ancient therapy which is believed to have originated around 5,000 years ago. Evidence suggests that primitive forms of reflexology existed in ancient Egypt, India and China.

Hieroglyphics depicting reflexology

In Egypt, at Saqqara, a painting found in the tomb of Ankhmahor appears to show a reflexology treatment being performed.  This dates back to the early 6th Dynasty, approximately 2330 B.C.  Ankhmahor was a physician and an official of great importance, second only to the King.

How does Reflexology work?

Reflexology is based on the theory that the feet are like a map of the body and its organs.  It is believed that each area of the body is mirrored on the feet and that any areas of imbalance within the body can be detected by the reflexologist providing the treatment.  Sensitive or tender areas of the feet may reveal imbalances within the body.  The reflexologist systematically applies pressure to certain points of the feet and by working on these areas, can help to encourage the body to address these.

Reflexology can be considered part of a ‘preventative’ approach to health care as the aim is to encourage the body to find its equilibrium, promoting good health and a sense of well-being.

What happens during a treatment?

After an initial consultation during which some personal details such as diet, lifestyle and general health are discussed in confidence, you will be asked to sit or lie on a comfortable massage table. Your shoes and socks will be removed and you will receive a foot cleanse and relaxing foot massage. The therapist will then perform an evaluation of the feet followed by a treatment tailored to your specific needs. This involves firm but comfortable pressure being applied to areas of the soles, sides and top of the feet. The therapist will identify any areas of imbalance, working on these points to encourage the body to address them. The video below gives you a basic idea of what to expect during a reflexology treatment.

Why do I need an initial consultation?

There are some occasions when treatment is not advised. The therapist needs to be aware of these for your safety and comfort. This information also enables the therapist to tailor the treatment to each individual client.

How long will a treatment last?

A full treatment is one hour in length (with an additional free 15 minute consultation at your first appointment, prior to the treatment beginning).

How much does the treatment cost?

A one hour treatment is £25, however there are a number of special offers available, including 20% off the cost of your first ever treatment.   Please see the information on treatments and prices for further details. zenmindbody currently offers reflexology in Herefordshire and surrounding areas.

What are the benefits of Reflexology?

Many people comment that they experience a sense of deep relaxation and well-being during and following treatments.  Some other benefits may include:

  • relief from stress, anxiety and tension
  • removal of wastes and toxins from the body
  • improved mood
  • improved sleep
  • improved blood circulation
  • drainage of lymph fluids associated with fluid retention (oedema) causing swelling in areas such as the ankles
  • improved digestion
  • support to the immune system
  • stimulation of the release of endorphins, the body’s ‘feel good’ hormones and natural pain reliever
  • aiding joint mobility in the area being massaged

When should I not have a treatment?

Your therapist will discuss your individual circumstances with you during your free consultation.  However, clients:

  • being treated for or in remission from cancer
  • with a heart condition
  • with uncontrolled high or low blood pressure
  • with diabetes

should obtain written permission from their doctor prior to proceeding with treatment.

No treatment will be given:

  • immediately pre/post operations
  • if clients have gangrene or any contagious conditions such as athlete’s foot/ verrucae
  • during the first trimester of pregnancy (In this instance, clients should receive Maternity Reflexology treatments.  Please see our information page on Maternity Reflexology for further information and contact us should you wish to discuss this further)

After the treatment:

The effects of Reflexology are unique to each individual.  Most people experience a deep sense of well-being and relaxation. Some find it energising and uplifting.

Because the treatment stimulates the body and encourages the release of toxins, you may experience one or more of the following over the next 24 hours:

  • increased energy levels
  • deep sleep
  • increased urination/ bowel movements
  • headache
  • some conditions which have been suppressed/ are just beginning to present symptoms (i.e. colds) may flare up temporarily before they get better.  This is a ‘healing reaction’ and is a sign that the body is beginning to eliminate toxins and starting to heal itself and is part of the  re-balancing process
  • tearfulness/ emotional feelings

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

After care advice:

To gain the most from your treatment, over the 24 hours following this you are advised to avoid:

  • caffeine and alcohol
  • smoking
  • strenuous physical exercise

You are also advised to:

  • drink plenty of water/ herbal teas
  • eat light meals and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • relax!