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As a professional reflexologist, I am often asked about the benefits of foot reflexology. While many people assume it is just a glorified foot massage, foot reflexology is actually a holistic therapy that has been used for thousands of years to promote relaxation, relieve stress, and improve overall health and wellbeing. In this article, I will explain what foot reflexology is, how it works, and the many benefits it can offer.

What is Foot Reflexology?

Foot reflexology is a natural therapy that involves applying pressure to specific points on the feet to stimulate the body's own healing mechanisms. The theory behind reflexology is that every part of the body is connected to the feet through a series of energy channels, or meridians, and that by stimulating these channels, I can help to promote healing and balance throughout the body.

During a foot reflexology session, as trained therapist I will use my hands to apply pressure to specific points on the feet, which correspond to specific organs, glands, and systems in the body. By working on these reflex points, I can help to release tension, improve circulation, and promote the flow of energy throughout the body.

The Benefits of Foot Reflexology

There are many benefits to foot reflexology, both physical and mental. One of the most well-known benefits is relaxation. Many clients report feeling deeply relaxed and calm after a reflexology session, which can help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Foot reflexology can also help to improve circulation and reduce pain and inflammation. By stimulating the reflex points on the feet, the therapist can help to increase blood flow and oxygen to the affected areas, which can help to reduce pain and promote healing.

In addition to these physical benefits, foot reflexology can also have a positive impact on mental health. Many clients report feeling more balanced and centered after a session, with improved clarity and focus. Some even report feeling a sense of spiritual connection or heightened intuition.

How Foot Reflexology Works

The theory behind foot reflexology is based on the idea that there are energy channels running throughout the body, and that by stimulating specific points on the feet, we can help to unblock these channels and promote healing and balance.

In traditional Chinese medicine, this energy is known as Qi (pronounced "chee"), and is believed to flow through the body along 12 major meridians. Each of these meridians is associated with a different organ or system in the body, and by working on the corresponding reflex points on the feet, we can help to stimulate the flow of Qi and promote healing.

Preparing for your Foot Reflexology Service

If you are planning to book a foot reflexology service, there are a few things you can do to prepare. First, make sure to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that will allow you to relax during the session. You may also want to avoid eating a heavy meal or drinking alcohol before your appointment, as this can interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment.

It is also important to communicate with me about any health concerns you may have, as well as any medications or supplements you are taking. This will help me tailor the treatment to your specific needs and ensure that it is safe and effective.

What to Expect During your Foot Reflexology Service

During your foot reflexology service, you can expect to lie down on a comfortable table or chair, with your feet elevated. I will then begin to work on your feet, using a variety of techniques to stimulate the reflex points.

Who can Benefit from Foot Reflexology?

Foot reflexology can be beneficial for people of all ages and health conditions, from infants to seniors. It can be particularly helpful for people who are experiencing stress, anxiety, pain, or other health issues.

However, there are some situations where foot reflexology may not be appropriate, such as if you have open wounds, fractures, or other injuries to the feet, or if you are pregnant and in your first trimester. It is always important to speak with your healthcare provider before trying any new therapy.


In conclusion, foot reflexology is a natural therapy with many benefits for both physical and mental health. By stimulating the reflex points on the feet, I can help to promote relaxation, reduce pain and inflammation, and improve overall wellbeing. If you are interested in trying foot reflexology or have any questions about the therapy, feel free to contact me to book a session.