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10 things you didn’t know about… reflexology

Reflexologist Claire Dundas advises on how to maximise its benefits


Good for you: Reflexology is a relaxing and enjoyable treatment according to Claire Dundas. Credit: Getty Images

Good for you: Reflexology is a relaxing and enjoyable treatment according to Claire Dundas. Credit: Getty Images

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Claire Dundas

Claire Dundas


Good for you: Reflexology is a relaxing and enjoyable treatment according to Claire Dundas. Credit: Getty Images

The feet are a mirror of the body

Reflexology works on the principle that the feet are a reflection or mirror of the body; reflex points on the feet correspond to specific areas, structures and systems of the body. Your reflexologist will use pressure techniques and massage to stimulate these reflex points to bring about restoration and rebalance in the body and mind.

It is holistically beneficial

The benefits of reflexology are boundless and cumulative. You’re likely to experience, over the course of your treatments, a sense of deep relaxation, improved circulation, increased immune function, improvement in hormone balance, lower levels of stress and anxiety, increased energy, reduction in physical pain, elimination of toxins, improved quality of sleep and, overall, a sense of rebalance and wellbeing in body and mind.

It feels good!

Pressure doesn’t mean pain. Reflexology is a relaxing and enjoyable treatment to have. There may be some sensitivity or sense of ‘release’ in certain areas of imbalance, but you won’t feel pain. Many of my clients fall asleep by the end of the treatment — they still receive all of the benefits of the session!

It’s not new!

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The term ‘reflexology’ was coined by Eunice Ingham in 1938 who developed, essentially, what we now know as reflexology. However, elements of reflexology have been found to date back to 2500BC in Ancient Egypt, where hieroglyphs in tombs depicted foot treatment being given. Ancient China, India and some Native American tribes also had traditions in using the feet to bring holistic healing to the body.

The key is energy rebalance

Your reflexologist will be able to identify areas of energy imbalance and will use pressure techniques to work these reflex points in order to shift the energy into balance. For the therapist, imbalance may feel like grittiness or crystals under the skin, congestion, tightness; or may present itself in the colour, temperature or texture of the feet.

Come as you are

You don’t have to come with beautiful, pampered feet. Reflexology is a non-judgmental, non-invasive treatment: you keep your clothes on, get wrapped in a blanket and enjoy. All your therapist needs is your feet, just as they are.

Different people respond differently

Reactions during and after a reflexology treatment vary from client to client. Some will experience an overwhelming desire to sleep (so, sleep!), a sensation of coldness (you’ll be given a blanket so that you can get cosy), loose, relaxed muscles and organs, perspiration of hands or feet, tingling sensations, thirst, light-headedness or feeling emotional. All of these responses are OK and simply reflect the fact that your energy is shifting into rebalance.

Your feet have a story to tell

Did you know that, in reflexology, your right foot represents your past and your left foot represents the present and your true self. Your right foot is also your professional self and the left is your emotional self. Peeling or flaking skin represents the shedding of emotion, trauma or imbalance. Hard skin can represent a protective barrier.

Reflexology can help you to manage existing health conditions

Reflexologists can focus on particular areas if you have a specific health and wellbeing goal or issue. Studies have shown reflexology to help with a plethora of different conditions such as infertility, symptoms of menopause, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety, insomnia and migraines.

Reflexology is a chakra-balancing treatment

Just as the body’s structures and systems are represented on the foot, so are the seven major chakras, from the tips of the toes (the crown chakra reflex) to the heel (the base chakra reflex). Reflexology helps to rebalance and unblock the chakras enabling energy to flow freely between body, mind and spirit.

To book a session with Claire Dundas visit her Facebook page or call 07999 160413

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