What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a holistic therapy working on the theory that areas on the feet mirror different regions of the body, so that by applying gentle pressure to specific reflex points on the soles of the feet, there will be a corresponding action on the organs, tissues, hormonal, lymphatic and nervous systems.

Reflexology is a complementary therapy – not a replacement for medical treatment. It is carried out on bare feet using mainly the thumb (and sometimes forefinger) to make very precise massage movements. No needles or instruments are used – and most clients do not find the treatment to be ticklish or painful – although some report some slight discomfort.

By stimulating key points on the sole of the foot with gentle pressure/massage, a qualified practitioner can help to:

  • aid circulation
  • encourage relaxation
  • address insomnia
  • improve sinus pain and headaches
  • improve digestive disorders, such as IBS
  • boost the body’s natural healing processes

For more information, click on the interactive foot map below.

Interactive Foot Map

Before having reflexology I was skeptical about the possibility of it helping me with my numerous problems, but I was wrong.

AM – suffered a life changing accident in 2008, which resulted in severe nerve damage on the LHS.

The spinal reflexology was intense but it was the treatment I enjoyed the most, I felt like the injury site was really being focused on

-GI – post operative, spine injury resulting in part of disc/bone being removed.

Wonderfully relaxing, Mel has been great all rounder, providing a kind ear and a truly peaceful experience.

- CL – pregnancy reflexology

WOW! Last night I had a reflexology treatment and a non surgical face lift.... The facial was amazing! My skin looks and feels fantastic!

-KM – rejuvenating facial

I just experienced a fabulous facial with Mel. My skin is noticeably rejuvenated! Maybe the Botox can wait.....! Totally relaxed, thankyou x

-LC – rejuvenating facial

What to expect at your first treatment

Many people are put off from booking reflexology for the first time due to some common worries.

New clients fret about how their feet look; some feel concerned about being ticklish and others stress about whether they’ll be able to relax! But there’s no need to worry about any of it.

Here’s what happens during reflexology:

  • You will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire so that we have a full medical history and are aware of any health issues, past or present.
  • You will be asked to provide details of any medication you are taking.
  • We will discuss any issues or concerns that you may have.
  • You will be asked to remove all footwear – reflexology works best on bare feet.
  • You relax on a reflexology chair with your legs slightly elevated (we adapt the position to suit you and your needs). No needles or instruments are involved.

Please do not worry about how your feet look – we’ll be working mainly on the soles of the feet and are not concerned with aesthetics. However, please do not book an appointment if you have infectious foot conditions such as athlete’s foot, verrucae etc.

Maternity reflexology

Reflexology can be incredibly beneficial during pregnancy, when a woman’s body is going through so many important physiological, hormonal and emotional changes.

Melanie Alford has specialist training in Maternity Reflexology and has helped many women at this exciting (but sometimes daunting) time in their life. Pregnant women have a lot to cope with on lots of different levels, and reflexology is an incredibly relaxing and safe way of addressing these.

Treatment is adapted accordingly, with the treatment bed positioned appropriately, so that the reflexology session is comfortable, relaxing and, of course, safe for mother and baby alike.

At 38 weeks pregnant I was treated to reflexology. Completely rejuvenating. Mel has magic hands!

Rebecca Lock

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Reflexology to aid fertility

Reflexology can be beneficial for prospective parents, helping to bring balance and optimum health prior to conception. 

If you are having trouble conceiving, but have been told by a health professional that there is nothing physically wrong, it can be an incredibly stressful time. The worry can often cause anxiety – and reflexology may help to ease any emotional or physical stress surrounding this.

Although reflexology does not claim to ‘cure’ infertility or guarantee results, anecdotally, there are many examples of couples with undiagnosed infertility or sub fertility that believe that reflexology has helped them at an incredibly stressful time in their lives.

Spinal reflexology 

Despite the name, spinal reflexology does not involve touching the back or spine. Working on specific areas of the feet, spinal reflexology concentrates on stimulating the central nervous system and is a powerful way of reaching the neural pathways that control our bodies’ functions.

All reflexology sessions involve some elements of spinal reflexology, but in cases of injury, trauma or surgery, a treatment session dedicated to this area can be extremely beneficial.

Hot stone reflexology

Reflexology using hot stones is becoming increasingly popular, thanks to the ultra relaxing effects of introducing warmth directly to the feet during the treatment session.

The stones are safely warmed to an approved temperature – and as they are comprised of basalt, which has a high density – heat is retained for longer, so it lasts throughout the session. When applied, the warm stones help the feet to relax so that reflex areas can be worked more deeply and treatment becomes more effective.

A fully qualified practitioner of Hot Stone Reflexology in Orpington, Melanie has had extremely positive feedback about this treatment from clients.

To find out more about all types of reflexology and how it can help you.

Call Melanie for a confidential chat on 07930 667449

It is a proven, gentle and non-invasive therapy that encourages the body to heal itself. It is safe and natural and aids relaxation, balance and harmony within the body.

What are the benefits of reflexology?

If you have been under stress, ill or injured, or are suffering from a chronic condition your body will be in a state of imbalance. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and encourage healing. It increases the body’s circulation, opens up neural pathways and boosts the immune system.

The effects of reflexology are unique to each individual. Most will experience a sense of well-being and relaxation, whereas some find it uplifting and energising. Some become more aware and more sensitive of their symptoms before they improve, this indicates that the body is healing and beginning to eliminate toxins.

Conditions that reflexology can help.

  • Stress & anxiety related conditions
  • Back pain
  • Migraine
  • Fertility (link to fertility and maternity page)
  • Insomnia
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Menopause symptoms

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Members of the Association of Reflexologists

The Association of Reflexologists is the foremost aspirational and independent Professional Reflexology Association in the UK since 1984, providing benefits, advice and guidance to reflexologists and working with other external bodies and advisory groups to promote the highest standards in the profession.