Reflexology A Wimbledon, South London Practice

Reflexology Information

What is reflexology and how does it work?

First, what isn't Reflexology? It is not a medical treatment, it is a natural therapy.

Reflexology is a holistic complementary therapy which may help to balance the body and stimulate the body's own natural healing abilities. The treatment involves gentle pressure point massage to the reflex areas on the feet which correspond with the various parts of the body.

Contrary to popular belief, a properly trained Reflexologist will not diagnose disorders, but will advise clients wanting a diagnosis to consult a qualified medical practitioner.

Reflexology has been around for thousands of years and was used by the ancient Egyptians and Chinese. An American, Dr William Fitzgerald introduced it into the West in the 1920s. The late Doreen Bayly, the pioneer of reflexology in Great Britain subsequently took up, developed and popularized Dr Fitzgerald's notion of zone therapy".

How does Reflexology work?

Reflexology may help to balance the body by bringing it back into a state of harmony and equilibrium; the state in which the body's own healing powers can work most effectively.

As yet there is not scientific proof of exactly how this happens. It is generally believed that reflexology works on subtle energy channels in the body similar to the acupuncture miridian pathways. There is research by the neuroanatomist Harold Burr and from Kirlian photography which shows that the subtle energies exist. Also experiments by the French researcher Pierre de Vernejoul to show the existence of the meridian pathways.

In practice reflexology people find reflexology to be a safe and effective way of supporting the body's own healing abilities.

What is a reflexology treatment like?

An appointment will last about 1 hour. The first appointment will be a little longer as I will take details of your medical history. Everything you tell me as part of your medical history or during a treatment is entirely confidential.

After taking your shoes and socks off I may give you a short VRT treatment while you are standing up. After this I will invite you to sit in my reclining chair and be tilted back to a position where it is easy to relax and even doze off - many people do!

The reclining part of the treatment involves applying firm pressure to the soles of your feet and more gentle pressure to the top of the feet with my thumbs and in some cases my fingers. Contrary to many people's expectations, because the pressure is firm, it is not ticklish.

At the end of the session your feet should feel warm and you should feel calm and relaxed. In the day or two following the first treatment you may experience a mild reaction as the body systems balance themselves and clear unwanted toxins. It is possible that you may feel unusually tired (most people sleep very well after a treatment) or conversely more energetic. You may also feel quite thirsty. These reactions should not be severe; they are quite normal and are a sign that the treatment was effective. After the treatment you should drink plenty of water and rest when you can.

Could reflexology help you?

A reflexology treatment relaxes the whole body; this in itself helps to promote the body's own healing powers. People who have reflexology find that it increases their sense of well being, improves their sleeping patterns and generally helps them to cope with life. Reflexology is a pleasant and relaxing way of helping maintain good health.

A few people have conditions for which reflexology is not an appropriate treatment. I, or any other reflexologist, would need to know before considering treating you whether you suffer from a serious medical condition or epilepsy, or if you are pregnant. These conditions do not necessarily mean that reflexology is not suitable for you, but your reflexologist will need to be aware of them.

If you would like more information about whether reflexology might be helpful for you please contact me here.

I have practiced Reflexology here in Wimbledon, South London since 1997.

Reproflexology - Reflexology and fertility

I have attended Part 1 and Part 2 courses in Reproflexology (Reproductive Reflexology) with Seren Natural Fertilty. The techniques which I have been taught have been developed over many years to support couples planning to start a family. I am am member of the Association of Reproductive Reflexologists

I take a detailed history from both partners (ideally). I also provide a wealth of information about what issues can affect fertility both negatively and positively so that clients can make informed choices about their lifestyles. The aim is that I work with my clients to help them improve their fertility health and general well-being and to support them through the pre-conception stage whether inculding any Assisted Conception they undertake. I am in the process of becoming a member of the Association of Reproductive Reflexologists.

A pilot study in Denmark showed initially good results for women with PCOS who were given 19 sessions of reflexology over 5-6 months. The results in the group were that the length of their menstrual cycles and the number of follicles were both reduced.

Reflexology in Pregnancy - trials show that it can reduce pain in labour and the length of labour

There is a great deal of anecdotal evidence of the benefits of reflexology in Pregnancy. The Gentle Birth Method web site contains a great deal of useful information about pregnancy and birth in general and discusses the benefits of reflexology in pregnancy in particular.

Two recent studies have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour and reduced the length of the first stage of labour (1) and improved the quality of sleep in post-natal women (2) An earlier research study showed that first time mothers who received 10 reflexology treatments prior to birth had average labour times of 5 to 6 hours. It was noted that the group treated with reflexology needed far less pain relief during labour too. (3)

During my time as a reflexologist I have supported a considerable number of women through their pregnancies and my experience based on their positive feedback to me very much supports the results of these trials. I have also completed Suzanne Enzer's comprehensive 4 day course on Pregnancy Reflexology.

(1) LI C-Y et al (2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women. Midwifery.27 p181-186.

(2) VALIANI M et al (2010) Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour of primaparous women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research 15(Dec) p302-310.

(3)G. Motha and J. McGrath - 1992 "The effects of reflexology on labour outcome".

Pregnancy Package

To any pregnant client who buys a course of 6 treatments (you get 10% off when you buy a course of 6); I give a free post-natal treatment which can be at home or in my treatment room at your choice.

Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT)

VRT is a technique discovered and developed by British Reflexologist Lynne Booth. Unlike conventional reflexology where the treatment is mainly on the soles of the feet with the client reclining or lying down, VRT is carried out on the top and sides of the feet with the client in a standing position. It is a quick and profoundly effective addition to a conventional treatment.

I have attended the Basic, Advanced and Endocrine VRT courses. I use VRT regularly where appropriate at the beginning of a conventional reflexology treatment and have had good results with it. For further information about Vertical Reflex Therapy contact:

Booth VRT, Suite 205, 60 Westbury Hill, Bristol BS9 3UJ, Tel/Fax 0117 962 6746
Lynne Booth Home page

Other Reflexology links

If you would like more information about Reflexology or training courses contact one of:

Association of Reflexologists
5 Fore Street, Taunton
Tel: 0870 5673320
Overseas: 01823 351010
Fax: 01823 336646

British Reflexology Association and The Bayly School of Reflexology
Monks Orchard
Worcester WR6 5RB
Tel: 01886 821207
Fax: 01886 822017