What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is an ancient Eastern holistic healing therapy which has been in existence for thousands of years. It is a non invasive complementary therapy which uses alternating pressure on the feet and lower legs to stimulate balance in the body, thereby promoting self healing. Reflexologists seek to promote well-being within the body, with the aim of allowing the body to function at its optimum. Reflexologists work to a foot map which allows them to work and ease each reflex individually. There are lots of different Reflexology foot maps available, generally Reflexologists find one they agree with and then stick with it as a general guide. To help anyone seeking and researching Reflexology the Association of Reflexologists have produced the introductory video below. I hope you will find it informative.

Reflexology can be practised on the majority of people, from small babies to the very elderly. Most people find the treatment to be wonderfully relaxing, however for those requiring it a more energizing treatment can be provided. Reflexology is gradually becoming more well known and respected in both the NHS and Private sectors, with Reflexologists being called upon to support patients in selected care settings including the Royal Marsden Hospital.


Reflexology is a very personalised treatment. It is not however a wonder cure, nor do Reflexologists seeks to diagnose or cure. A good reflexologist will look at the physical and non physical factors affecting your well-being, and will formulate a personalised treatment plan, in addition to making suggestions which may be of benefit to you. Following a treatment most people feel very relaxed and sleep well. Reflexology can also be key in helping to manage stress and anxiety.

Reflexology may help alleviate to symptoms of many conditions, by stimulating the body to find it's own balance. Anecdotal reports of these conditions include, but are not limited to; Infertility, Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Back Pain, Insomnia, ME, MS, IBS, Arthritis, Hormone Imbalance, Sciatica, Migraine and Hay Fever. The list really is endless!

Many different techniques are used during a treatment, the most common being thumb-walking. This motion is gentle and enables the Reflexologist to easily locate and work any imbalances, with the intention of restoring internal balance. 

A standard appointment at Orchard Reflexology lasts and hour, with treatment time being 40-45 minutes. Your first appointment will be longer as a full medical history will be taken.

During the treatment you will be required to remove only your shoes and socks.

Reflexology should never be viewed as an alternative to seeking medical advice from a qualified medical professional.