What is reflexology?

In reflexology areas on the feet (or occasionally the hands) are pressed which are thought to relate to other parts of the body. The origins of reflexology are from traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. Applying pressure to specific reflex points that need support may help balance the mind and body and improve health and wellbeing in a similar way to acupuncture.

 

What can reflexology help with?

Reflexology is a very popular therapy among people affected by cancer. Findings from some studies have suggested that people affected by cancer found improvements in a number of symptoms including anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain and quality of life. Our reflexologists have also found it helps reduce stress, hot flushes, nausea and fatigue, as well as supporting wound healing. Our Visitors find it very relaxing.

 

Treatment Information

A course of three treatments is recommended. The treatment usually takes 40 to 50 minutes. Reflexology treatments can be modified to include very gentle foot massage and so can be used at any time. However, you should not have reflexology if you have a blood clot in your legs, a skin infection on your feet or a fever.

You may feel tired after a treatment so it is helpful if you allow yourself time to rest afterwards. You should not have another body treatment on the same day as reflexology, this allows you to gain maximum benefit from your treatment.

 

Available at: London, Hereford, Yorkshire, Wessex, Worcester Breast Cancer Haven centres