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‘Reading’ feet: Your guide to Reflexology

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet correspond with different areas of the body.

The feet provide a map for the body’s organs, for example the stomach and pancreas are found in the arch. Any problems in the body are therefore reflected in the feet and can be diagnosed and treated via the same specialised foot massage.

This treatment at Aphrodite is performed on the feet, unblocking energy lines, aiding self-healing and restoring balance.


Whilst the art of reflexology dates back thousands of years to Ancient Egypt, India and China, this therapy was not introduced to the West until Dr William Fitzgerald developed 'zone therapy'. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.

In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known as reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.

What can I expect from the treatment?

Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive; depending on the type of reflexology, the most clothing that will have to be removed is your socks and shoes.

The practitioner will initially examine the feet before commencing with the massage movement. They will use their hands to apply pressure and generally the experience should be relaxing. All areas on both feet will be massaged.

Areas corresponding to parts of the body which are out of balance will feel uncomfortable or tender when massaged and the degree of tenderness will indicate the degree of imbalance. The sensitivity of the feet varies from person to person and the trained practitioner will understand how to interpret any tenderness felt.

The best thing is that it’s pretty much suitable for everyone!

Will it help me?

Reflexology does not claim to be a ‘cure-all’ but many people have found that they have been helped by reflexology. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing.

Surveys carried out by The British Reflexology Association showed benefits to those with symptoms of stress, insomnia and irritable bowel syndrome.

The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Most people who have experienced a reflexology session would agree that the method is a very relaxing therapy which may reduce tension and lead to an improved sense of well-being. You may also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life.

It is useful to give feedback to the reflexologist as this may show the response of your body to treatment. This in turn might help the reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs. 

Foot Reflexology Chart

Fancy a go?

If you think you'd like to book Reflexology treatment, or have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at the Beauty Studio on 01502 734343. It would be great to see you!