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Reflexology is a natural and very relaxing, holistic therapy that works by stimulating reflex points on the feet and hands, which are believed to correspond with organs, systems and structures within the entire body.

Reflexologists believe that by stimulating the circulation and autonomic nervous system, Reflexology may help with the elimination of toxins, improve circulation and help to boost the immune system, restoring energy and balance.

By putting gentle pressure on the feet it brings about a state of deep relaxation, and sense of wellbeing encouraging the body's own natural self-healing mechanism to 'kick in'.


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Valerie Lowe is a Member of The NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners.

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Misconceptions about Reflexology

Reflexology Research Studies

  • Reflexology is not the same foot massage, although some massage techniques are incorporated into a treatment session

  • Reflexologists do not diagnose

  • Reflexologists do not prescribe

  • Reflexologists do not profess to cure (they believe it is the body that self-heals)

Reflexology for the treatment of pain in people with multiple sclerosis: a double-blind randomised sham-controlled clinical trial. Hughes CM, Smyth S, Lowe-Strong AS. Source: School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland. [email protected]

A significant & clinically important decrease in pain intensity was observed in both groups and maintained for up to 12 weeks. Significant decreases were also observed for fatigue, depression, disability, spasm and quality of life............... Read full report here: Reflexology Research

What to Expect

On arrival you will be made comfortable in a reclining position on the couch. After a preliminary consultation to determine your medical history and lifestyle, the Reflexologist will examine your feet and begin the treatment by applying gentle, but firm pressure to the reflex areas of your feet. The reflexes cover the whole foot, each one believed to reflect a body organ, system or area. Each of these points is systematically targeted and stimulated to encourage 'balance' .

Everyone is unique and may have different requirements, but the reflexologist will cover the whole body as reflected in the feet - some areas may be sensitive to touch, but this is normally momentary and any discomfort will quickly pass.

A professionally trained reflexologist will notice subtle changes in specific points: sometimes congestion or crystal deposits may form under the skin in the area of a reflex point. In this case there may be a reaction such as a sensation of a pin prickiing but the treatment is normally quite painless. If crystal deposits or uric acid are detected, this does not necessarily indicate a problem, but merely considered to be an energy blockage or imbalance, which can be gently worked on in order to disperse and bring balance back to the corresponding areas in the body.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Your reflexologist will assess your individual needs at the end of the first session. The number of treatments will vary according to a number of things: lifestyle, age, sensitivity to treatment, the length of time the problem has existed etc. There is no hard and fast rule, but ideally an initial set of four to six weekly treatments may be enough to get the whole body back into balance in some cases, after which the situation can be reassessed. Many people so enjoy the sense of wellbeing brought about by the therapy, that they continue treatments on a regular basis to keep their body in a healthy state of natural equilibrium.

After Effects

The immediate affects felt at the end of a session may be:

  • Deep relaxation

  • An emotional release

  • Light-headedness

  • A feeling of elation

  • A deep sense of well-being

  • Increased energy

  • A really good night's sleep


Egyptian wall painting from a physician's tomb dating back to c.2330BC depicting Reflexology

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Val creates the perfect environment - it's clean, pysically comfortable and I don't feel under pressure to stay awake and talk! I can just relax and enjoy the whole experience

From a pre-natal perspective, not only did reflexology relax me, but the baby seemed quite contented too. So beneficial to both mother and child.

Sarah Trigg

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After the first or second treatment your body may show that it has begun the self-healing process. Although most people will feel very deeply relaxed by the treatment, and experience a sense of well-being, sometimes people may have an emotional release and feel tearful for a while, lethargic, headachy or nauseous - these are often signs that the body is trying to rid itself of toxins. They will be short-lived in most cases, and show that the body is responding to the treatment. Of course, do not ignore any worrying symptoms that you would normally see your GP with. Refexology can often work well alongside conventional medical treatment.

It is important that you relay this information to your reflexologist at the next treatment session, in order to help them in formulating a treatment plan that is unique to you.

Who Can Reflexology Help?

Almost everyone can benefit from the effects of Reflexology! It is suitable for all ages - the reflexologist will adapt the treatment to suit the 'client' however young, old, frail, sick or nervous they may be. Although reflexology is normally practiced on the feet, it can be done on the hands if necessary, so there is no reason to miss out!

Valerie Lowe is a fully qualified and experienced Reflexologist who holds The Association of Reflexologists Practitioner Certificate and is also a Member of The NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners.

 If you live near Ashford, Kent please email me to find out more about the complementary therapies I can offer by clicking on the Email box below or call 01233 623711

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All content within this website is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor. Please consult your GP if you are in any way concerned about your health. Complementary medicine can work alongside conventional treatment in many cases.