National Feet Week is a time to celebrate the often-overlooked parts of our body that keep us grounded and moving forward. Our feet are truly magical, carrying us an average of 115,000 miles in a lifetime, supporting our weight, and allowing us to walk, run, dance, and jump. But did you know that our feet are also connected to the rest of our body through a network of nerves and energy channels? That’s where foot reflexology comes in, as a powerful and natural way to promote health and well-being.
As a foot reflexologist, I have seen firsthand the transformative effects of working with the feet. Reflexology is a holistic therapy that involves applying pressure to specific points on the feet (also the face, hands and sometimes ears), which correspond to different organs, glands, and systems of the body. By stimulating these reflexes, we can help to restore balance and harmony in the body, reduce stress and tension, and improve circulation and immunity.
One of the key principles of reflexology is that the feet are a microcosm of the whole body, meaning that each part of the foot represents a different part of the body. For example, the big toe relates to the head and neck, the ball of the foot to the heart and lungs, and the heel to the lower back and pelvis. By working on these reflexes, we can access the corresponding parts of the body and encourage healing and rejuvenation.
Another important aspect of reflexology is the idea that the feet are a gateway to our emotions and psyche. This is because the feet are innervated by the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the “rest and digest” response in the body. By activating this system through reflexology, we can help to reduce anxiety, depression, and other emotional imbalances.
In addition to its therapeutic benefits, foot reflexology can also be a deeply relaxing and enjoyable experience. Many clients report feeling a sense of calm, warmth, and tingling in their feet, as well as an overall sense of well-being. It’s a great way to pamper yourself and take care of your body and mind.
Studies Underpinning the Effectiveness of Reflexology
A systematic review and meta-analysis of 11 randomised controlled trials found that foot reflexology was effective in reducing anxiety and improving sleep quality in patients with chronic illnesses (Chen et al., 2020).
A study of 50 patients with hypertension found that foot reflexology was associated with a significant decrease in blood pressure and heart rate, compared to a control group (Grossman et al., 2003).
A randomised controlled trial of 150 postmenopausal women found that foot reflexology was effective in reducing hot flashes and improving sleep quality, compared to a control group (Kim et al., 2011).
A study of 36 patients with multiple sclerosis found that foot reflexology was associated with a significant decrease in fatigue and an improvement in quality of life, compared to a control group (Kordi et al., 2016).
These studies suggest that foot reflexology may have a range of benefits for physical and emotional health. However, it’s important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms of reflexology and its effects on the body. Unfortunately, until Big Pharma releases its political and financial grip on the healthcare industry, very little money and time will be allocated to researching and documenting evidence of the effectiveness of alternative/holistic therapies, such as reflexology. It was only recently that the Federation of Holistic Therapies undertook to do its own research on the effectiveness of complementary therapies, where reflexology topped the bill. Check out the results of their research shared in a previous blog article: Reduced Doctor Visits After Complementary Therapy – MindBody Oasis.
Pamper and Save ££
So this National Feet Week, why not treat your feet to some extra love and attention? You can try massaging your own feet with a tennis ball or foam roller, soaking them in warm water with Epsom salts and essential oils, or booking a reflexology session with a qualified practitioner. Your feet will thank you, and so will the rest of your body!
Save £15 on a treatment today, by purchasing this Fresha voucher (£30, instead of £45) for a 45 minute foot reflexology treatment with 15 minute consultation. Vouchers are valid for up to 30 days. Vouchers are on sale the entire National Feet Week 17th April to 23rd April 2023.
What our clients say about our Reflexology treatments...
Such a talented therapist Esther is among the best. I’ve enjoyed her massage skills and her reflexology treatments are excellent.
I’m pleased to be experiencing the recently introduced Zone Facelift and after just one treatment I can see the difference. Looking forward to completing my package and seeing the results. I can highly recommend Mindbody Oasis.
Wow! What else can I say? Had a neck, shoulder and back massage with Esther last night. I have had many massages but this was by far the best! Then I had a Reflexology treatment which was amazing. Thank you very much Esther. Next treatment already booked. Looking forward to it very much.
I’ve just had 3 great facial reflexology treatments and found them brilliant. They helped me relax, as well as relieve some sinus pressure I have been suffering with. Highly recommend booking a course of treatments with Esther!
I loved the facial reflexology – it improved my general wellbeing, reduced the frequency of severe migraine and my skin glowed….Ooh and I actually fell asleep during treatment which is unheard of 😊 I need to book my next one for after pay day! 😊 x
Esther is a talented and knowledgeable therapist, who takes the time to explain your treatment and makes sure you're comfortable throughout. I can particularly recommend the hot stones massage, and face and foot reflexology.
I would recommend the Indian Head massage and reflexology. I have had both treatments and they were truly amazing.
Esther is very professional and her treatments are something else. This is way I am going to continue having regular treatments.
I had a course of Reflexology with the lovely Esther, and found the treatment so relaxing which followed with the best nights sleep ever!
Esther quite literally has magic hands! I had been suffering with a back problem and found the sessions really helped.
5* would highly recommend!