What is Reflexology

Emily from ERA Clinical Reflexology shares what reflexology is and the benefits of this complementary therapy. Emily is a qualified midwife who decided to retrain as a reflexologist in order to enhance her own work life balance and to support her mental wellbeing. She holds a level 5 diploma in practitioner reflexology which is the highest level of qualification currently available.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary therapy that can be used safely alongside conventional medical treatments to promote improved health. It’s based on the theory that there are points (reflexes) on the feet, hands, ears and face that correspond to different areas of the body. The Reflexologist aims to rebalance the areas of the body that the points relate to in order to improve a person’s wellbeing.

Since I began my training over 3 years ago, I have found reflexology to be incredibly fascinating. I continue to learn more with every treatment I do, every imbalance I find and most importantly every person that walks into my treatment room. I strongly believe that the value of human touch, as well as a therapeutic environment, cannot be underestimated.

There is a vast body of research and evidence that supports the physical and mental health benefits that can be derived from something that is so simple yet so effective. Whilst working as a midwife I witnessed this from the moment that a baby was born and placed skin to skin with their mother to calm both mother and baby, stimulate the release of hormones to support breastfeeding and to help regulate a baby’s heart rate and temperature.

What does Reflexology do?

As reflexology is a non-intrusive therapy, after providing a full history, all you need to do is remove your socks and relax! It’s a gentle, nurturing yet powerful therapy that can provide someone with space and time to unwind, away from the worries and stresses of life.

As well as relaxation reflexology has many benefits including;

  • Improvement of mood
  • Promoting wellbeing
  • Release of tension
  • Improved sleep

Improved mood, less tension and greater sleep can only create a happier person!

Some people feel immediate benefits from Reflexology after just one or two treatments however, I have found that regular treatments can also provide a gradual cumulative effect which can then be followed by maintenance treatments.

There are many theories about how reflexology could work but there is only one way to see if it can help you and that is to try this wonderful therapy!

Emily is the founder of ERA Clinical Reflexology and provides reflexology from her clinic room in Burntwood, Staffordshire.


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