Reflexology in York


A holistic health treatment using reflex zones on the feet

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology foot chartReflexology involves a method of treatment using pressure point massage on reflex areas in the feet and hands - usually the feet. These areas relate to all parts of the body, with the right foot corresponding to the right side of the body. By treating these zones in the feet, and thus stimulating energy points, the whole body is treated.

Reflexology works by means of pressure point massage over all the reflex areas which improves the energy flow and function of related organs and therefore the body as a whole. Tenderness or softness in some areas indicates a degree of imbalance in the related body area which treatment will help to correct.

Reflexology may help many conditions, physical and mental, and may also help blood circulation in the feet and legs. It can be used with people who are experiencing a variety of conditions. Most people who have experienced treatment would agree that the method can be very beneficial and is also a very pleasant and relaxing therapy.

Reflexology has been used for several thousand years, notably in Egypt and China. It was brought to Britain in the 1960’s by the late Doreen Bayly who showed great determination to stimulate awareness and interest in the method. She based her treatment on work called Zone Therapy which had been developed in the 1920’s by an American, Doctor Fitzgerald, and which became Reflexology as we know it today.

What to expect from Reflexology treatment

When you first visit a Reflexologist a detailed medical history will be taken. Then you will be asked to remove shoes and socks and to lie or sit on a reclining chair or massage table.

The practitioner will initially examine the feet before commencing with precise massage treatment. The type of massage involved requires the application of a firm pressure using the side and end of the thumb and sometimes the fingers. All areas on both feet will be massaged and areas relating to parts of the body which are out of balance will feel uncomfortable or tender, the degree of tenderness revealing the degree of imbalance.

The sensitivity of the feet varies from person to person but the massage should not be very uncomfortable to even the most sensitive feet.

The full treatment session will last approximately three quarters of an hour and at the end of the session the feet should feel warm and the patient relaxed. The number of treatment sessions required will vary depending on the condition being treated.

Following treatment it is sometimes possible that the eliminating systems of the body become more active in order to rid the body of unwanted toxic matter. However these reactions should not be severe and you are advised to relax as much as you can after your treatment session. Reflexology is a particularly pleasant form of treatment and a means of maintaining the body in good health.

The British Reflexology Association

The British Reflexology Association was founded in 1985 to act as a representative body for qualified people practicing Reflexology as a profession and for students training in the method. The Association also aims to help promote the practice of Reflexology in Great Britain and abroad.

The official teaching body of the British Reflexology Association is The Bayly School of Reflexology Ltd.

The British Reflexology Association
Administration office
Monks Orchard
Whitbourne Worcester WR6 5RB
Tel: Knightwick (01866) 21207

Reflexology Treatment from Linda Baker

I am a trained reflexologist (1991, Bayly School) and I am also registered with the Practitioner Register for Holistic Therapies (PRHT), and the British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA).

I mostly work now with people with various disabilities, notably Multiple Sclerosis, but I also practice from my home treatment room. I will also do home visits on request.

The initial consultation lasts about an hour and a quarter, and costs £45. Subsequent treatments cost £40 for an hour (30 minutes: £22). Reduced fees can be negotiated. Home visits are charged at an extra £5. To book an appointment, please click here