With its origins in India and China 5,000 years ago, reflexology is based on the principle that specific points on the feet and hands, called reflex points, correspond to the structures and organs of the body and to the emotional and physical state of a person.
A session starts with a detailed health consultation, to make sure that the treatment is right for you, discuss any questions or concerns that you may have, and to create your treatment plan. For the treatment itself you remain fully clothed, simply removing shoes and socks, and it takes place on a reclining chair. Your feet will be gently cleansed using warm cloths and a Neal’s Yard soap gel or cream, and a Neal’s Yard cream or oil is applied to help provide a free-flowing treatment. By applying specialised massage techniques to specific reflex points – using thumbs, fingers and knuckles – the aim of a reflexology treatment is to help restore balance to the body naturally, and improve general well being.
Reflexology can help to relieve anxiety and tension, encourage relaxation, improve mood and aid sleep, and help you cope with more specific health challenges. By allowing yourself to experience an hour-long session your mind is able to calm and slow down.