Reflexology Bristol

The practice of Reflexology is a safe, gentle therapy that boosts the body's healing systems and helps combat stress, the treatment is extremely relaxing and enjoyable.


In the last few decades Reflexology has evolved into a respected and effective healing art, its roots are embedded way back in ancient history when pressure therapies were recognised as preventative and therapeutic medicine, The earliest records and the oldest documentation have been found in Egypt in picture form on the walls of tombs, also on papyrus showing medical practitioners treating patients hands and feet in 2500 BC.

In the late 1890's and early 1900's the Germans began to look at physiological reflex action. They began to examine the treatment of disease by massage and developed techniques known as reflex massage.

Dr William Fitzgerald established the basis of modern reflexology with his discovery of zone therapy and in developing his theories gave us the zones that we work with today.

Edwin Bowers was Dr Fitzgerald's colleague and in 1915 wrote his first article on zone therapy and in 1917 his book ‘zone therapy’ was published. It was his research assistant Eunice Ingham that made the greatest contribution to reflexology as we know it today.

Eunice Ingham (1879 – 1974) is referred to as the 'mother of modern reflexology'. She charted feet in relation to the zones and their effects on the rest of the body until she firmly evolved a map of the entire body on the feet. She wrote two books one called 'stories feet can tell' in 1938 and the other 'stories feet have told' in 1951

Reflexology Techniques - Reflexology treatments are always started with foot massage for the following reasons:

  • To relax the muscles of the feet
  • To build up trust for a nervous client
  • To relax ticklish feet
  • To warm the muscles for further work
  • To increase circulation and lymphatic return
  • To stimulate nerve endings in the feet
  • To increase the suppleness of the feet

All the zones of the feet are then all treated with the following techniques/ movements;

THUMB WALKING This is the most widely used technique during a reflexology treatment. The thumb is always placed pointing in the direction you want it to travel. You move the thumb in a 'caterpillar' motion.

FINGER WALKING This is done in the same way as the thumb walking, but is used at times where the thumb is too big for an area. Finger walking exerts less pressure than the thumb.

HOOK AND BACK UP This is performed on reflexes of the feet which are deep and small. The thumb is pressed on the reflex area, held for a few seconds then flicked off. This can be used on areas such as the pituitary gland, as it is a small area and quite deep.

ROTATION There are a few points on the feet, which are small and deep where the hook and back up movement is still difficult to do, so we can rotate on a point. The thumb is placed on the reflex and the other hand rotates the foot onto the thumb. The thumb can also be rotated as well at the same time.
This movement can be used if there is a painful area on the foot to ease the pressure and make the point less painful.

PIVOT ON A POINT This can be used as an alternative to rotation. One hand holds the foot whilst the other hand thumb walks across in a diagonal pattern. The holding hand, twists or pivots the foot on and off the thumb.

FLEXING ON A POINT Using the same hold as pivoting, this time the holding hand flexes the foot backwards and forwards onto the thumb.

The treatment is completed with soothing and relaxing effluerage massage strokes to the feet, ankles and lower leg.

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