Mary Smallwood

Reflexologist

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for them. 

Whilst the art of reflexology dates back 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.

Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.

What happens in a Treatment?

With your first treatment/consultation I take a detailed history first so the first session may take an hour and a half. Following sessions with take at least an hour.

I use a cream to gently massage your feet. Reflexology on the whole feels light, pleasurable and soothing but at times may be a little uncomfortable. Contrary to some people’s expectations it does not tickle. Not only is it a lovely foot therapy, but can be particularly good for you too!

As a Reflexology practitioner, I will assess your feet to and carry out the proceedure to include the whole area of the foot. During a treatment with me I will be feeling for minute variations in your skin, and tissue. The treatment varies according to information gained from you and observations of your feet, (including shape, temperature, colour and general appearance).

Some clients find the treatments so relaxing that they go to sleep, whilst others take the opportunity to talk.  All clients are encouraged to have a rest in the chair after the treatment, to allow the healing to continue before they leave to continue their lives.

All clients are encouraged as far as possible to go home and take a rest for a while.