Reflexology – how it can help you!


Reflexology aims to restore the natural self-healing, homeostatic, processes of a well functioning body through relaxation of the nervous system and balancing of healthy feedback loops.  Face & Ear, Foot or Hand Reflexology are all wonderful tools for:

  • Releasing congestions to improve circulation
  • Hormonal balancing – Menopause & Andropause
  • Balancing PMS Symptoms
  • Relaxation & support pre and post pregnancy
  • Helping children sleep & relax – reflex points for parents
  • Nurturing Feet, Face, Hands and Ears (tools we use everyday)
  • Joint Pain & Arthritis
  • Revitalising energy & mobility
  • Reducing lymph inflammations
  • Pacifying chronic pain levels
  • Relieving Headaches, sinuses and allergies
  • Nurturing emotional well-being
  • Activating Clarity of mind
  • Relaxing symptoms of Asthma
  • Relaxing Back Strain
  • Stimulating Productivity

Each treatment, whether it be Feet, Face & Ears, Hands assists the body into a better state of balance, brings deep relaxation and nourishes the body’s extremities in a way that encourages continued wellbeing.

Combined with hot compresses and essential oil warm up massages, clients leave feeling pampered and uplifted, their senses fully embraced, bodies completely relaxed.

Wellbeing consultations gently coach clients in exploring the lifestyle choices that interest them, alongside the health improvements reflexology brings to body / mind / emotions.  Uplifting conversations that support health and wellbeing nourish that sense of feeling listened too and heard, important for all.

Treatments end with organic herbal teas that encourage the circulatory system and assist the body in releasing the toxins that Reflexology treatments encourage out.

The tranquil space created at Sole to Heal Clinic leaves clients feeling encouraged, supported, relaxed and revitalised on all levels.  A real space to retreat and unwind.


What is Facial & Ear Reflexology?

What is Facial Reflexology?

             Sam Belyea’s Facial Reflexology Points (

This Facial Reflexology treatment incorporates western Reflexology principles where the extremities have been mapped in accordance with the body’s natural order: head/neck reflexes on top in the forehead, chest/shoulders reflexes around the eyes, then the upper core/digestive reflexes at the upper cheeks, followed by the lower core/digestive reflexes at the lower cheeks and at the base we have the lower body reflexes at the jaw – occurring in the same way our body is ordered as we do with the foot and hand Reflexology treatments.

What happens during the Facial Reflexology treatment?

On your arrival we start with a wellbeing consultation that allows for the taking down of current health conditions  and your, the client’s expectations for the treatment.  It is important that we work alongside your other health practitioners to offer a balanced approach to your wellbeing. Having an understanding of your current health and treatment plans is vital to ensuring we are all working together for your most optimal health benefits.

We begin the treatment with a nice hot towel wrap which immediately relaxes the face with the warmth and helps open the skin’s pores, promotes better circulation, makes the skin softer, relaxes the muscles around the eye area and eases tiredness from the body.

We follow this with a nice Organic Rose hydrosol (rosewater) cleanse. Applying rose water after a hot towel wrap helps to tighten capillaries, reduce redness and blotchiness.   The aroma of roses is also said to be a powerful mood enhancer, assisting in removing feelings of anxiety and promoting emotional wellbeing.

Pressure points

We initiate the reflexology process by gently pressing on the solar plexus and adrenal pressure points on your face which focus the body on relaxing and calming the breath.  This helps you, the client to become more balanced and peaceful.  We are creating a peaceful environment that enables the client to let go and relax as we connect our hands with our clients face for the first time.

During the next stage we begin stimulating pressure points.  This invigorates blood and lymph circulation in the client’s facial tissues.  Gentle pressure is applied to each of the points around the face.  This part of the treatment creates better blood and lymph flow.   The body also begins to start the process of rebalancing and self-healing.  An example of our body’s healthy self healing abilities is seen when a cut in the skin heals itself in good time.  Reflexology assists with this self-healing process through deeply relaxing the body and releasing imbalances and constrictions found in the reflex points.

Ear Reflexology.

Many lymph nodes are found in the ears and when the body is experiencing pain or discomfort, it sends signals along the same nerve pathways that help to dull the perceived acuteness of that pain. By stimulating the sensitive nerves in the ear reflexes during a headache or migraine, we have a great opportunity to help the body rebalance and take inventory of its areas of tension without invading the area of sensitivity with deep tissue massage, shots or harmful medications.  Ear Reflexology is also known to assist with addictions.


Sam Belyea, Reflexologist, discusses the benefits of ear reflexology here:

When the body decides to manifest physical symptoms, the ears are a quick and easy way to observe the current state of the body’s systems. Redness, irritation, hypervascularity, dryness and temperature changes can all be noticed in sections of the reflex areas on the ear that are currently under duress.   As with the face, feet and hands the body organs are mapped onto the ears in specific ways.

At the end of a treatment clients feel super relaxed.  As reflex points are balanced, your face begins to feel more mobile and your mental attitude becomes much more positive.  Headaches and other tension related symptoms often disappear, calmness to deal with the myriad of situations in the environments people work and live in are often mentioned by clients.  This gentle treatment often amazes clients when they feel the results they receive in return for an hour of deep relaxation.

During the initial four to six weekly treatment stages, the initial weekly treatment periods calmness and clarity of mind gradually increases from a couple of days to longer periods of time as health and wellbeing is improved.

We’ve had great results in the Sole to Heal Clinic.  Here are a few of them:

  • Reduction in nightmares
  • PMS symptoms reduced and balanced out
  • Jaw tension reduced
  • Sore shoulders and neck symptoms relaxed
  • Reduction in headaches to name but a few.

Now for those interested, a little of the science?

It is true that our faces often reflect how we are feeling.  The collagen and elastin fibres in the dermis provide your skin with strength, they give skin ability to stretch and provide elasticity which enables the skin to return to its original shape after stretching.   All facial expressions stretch the skin.


One of the best ways to relax muscles is through massage and exercise.  Beneath the skin lie the facial muscles which hold the muscle tone.  Facial muscles play an important role in the way you look and relaxed facial muscles enable the promotion of cell growth, vital to a fresh complexion and wellbeing.  The Dermis also contains blood and lymph vessels.

When muscles are tightened for long periods of time, for example with habitually held expressions, the flow of blood is impeded which starves the muscles of both oxygen and nutrients.   The blood circulatory system removes waste products and destroys invading bacteria while carrying the nutrients required throughout your entire body.   Through the natural face lift massage process, restrictions to the body’s blood and muscular system are eased away.  Here we see how facial muscles move:

Ear Reflexology also works on the lymphatic circulatory system.  There is a vast network in the body which consists of lymph nodes and lymph vessels through which a watery fluid called lymph flows.  Originating from the blood plasma,  lymph is formed from the clear fluid that bathes all the tissues of the body.  The main function of the lymphatic system is to filter unwanted materials and produce lymphocytes which destroy bacteria and viruses.   It also helps to remove excess fluid from the tissues and absorbs digested fat.  We can already see the importance of these cells working well.

Lymphatic system

Enjoy the following video about the Lymphatic System:

The area where lymph nodes cluster are known as glands.  Glands cleanse the lymph before it returns to the blood circulatory system.  When your body has an infection these glands work very hard producing antibodies to help the body overcome infections.  We have sebaceous glands and sweat glands in the skin cell.  There are of course other important well known glands around the body such as the Thyroid Gland, Ovaries, Testes, Thymus, Solar Plexus, Pineal and Pituitary to name but a few.

Sebaceous OIl gland

On receiving Reflexology treatments the blood and lymph circulatory systems are stimulated through the use of lymphatic drainage techniques.  The movement of muscles helps to push the lymph along the lymph vessels known as the lymphatics.  In the morning, on rising, the face can sometimes look puffy.  This can be due to a sluggish lymphatic system.  By encouraging lymphatic drainage there is marked reduction in puffiness and improvements to a sluggish lympatic system.

You will also see an increased blood flow after a treatment which shows as a flushed or slight redness. Over time the increase of oxygen and nutrients to the skin will show as softer feeling and looking skin.

The glands in the body connect many systems in the body through the release of hormones.  Adrenal hormones such as adrenaline can effect the energy of the body particularly when over stimulated through tension and stress.  Chronic fatigue and ME are two conditions that have become very well known in modern times.

A blockage in our energy flow can cause many of the common symptoms we see in modern times such as fatigue and pain and many of our modern diseases.

The endocrine system animated for you:

The body’s major organ systems worked on by a clinical Reflexologist all see improvements including the digestive, eliminatory, reproductive, respiratory, endocrine and nervous systems.

The nervous system is important in the way it allows us to interact with our environment by sensing change around it and within the body.  It responds and interprets changes while directly influencing mental activities.  The nervous system also effects the muscular and glandular activity of the body and can inhibit the free movement of the muscles or glands when depressed from acting in a healthy way.

The nervous system

For more information on the nervous system and how it functions here is a wonderful website:

Reflexology is known to help bring balance back through deep relaxation and reduction of tensions held in the body through releasing imbalances in the reflex points.

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Reflexology – Relax and Recharge

Reflexology aims to restore the natural self-healing, homeostatic, processes of a well functioning body through relaxation of the nervous system and balancing of healthy feedback loops.  Reflexology is a wonderful tool for:

  • Releasing congestions
  • Hormonal balancing – Menopause & Andropause
  • Relaxation & support pre and post pregnancy
  • Helping children sleep & relax – reflex points for parents
  • Nurturing Feet, Face, Hands and Ears (tools we use everyday)
  • Joint Pain & Arthritis
  • Revitalising energy & mobility
  • Reducing lymph inflammations
  • Pacifying chronic pain levels
  • Relieving Headaches, sinuses and allergies
  • Nurturing emotional well-being
  • Activating Clarity of mind
  • Relaxing symptoms of Asthma
  • Relaxing Back Strain
  • Empowing Relationships
  • Improving Circulation
  • Stimulating Productivity

Reflexology is known as a wonderful tool for bringing relaxation during and after treatments.  Clinical evidence is now proving that the reduction Reflexology brings to stress and worry also assists before and after major operations.  Reflexology’s ability to relax the body initiates a sense of peace that enables a reduction in pre-operation worries.  Post-op, deep relaxation, encourages the body in it’s own self-healing processes.

Reflexology is applied through circular movements on specific reflexes found on the feet, hands, ears and face.  Through the pressure applied vital energy is stimulated while congestions or imbalances are released.  However, relaxation and vital energy balancing are just two of the many successes of Reflexology.

I had an elderly client recently who underwent major eye surgery.  After surgery my client sent me an email saying the following, “I got through the eye surgery and I know the reflexology helped because I felt much more relaxed before my surgery.  In relationship with those around me I find that I am expressing myself in a much calmer way.   This means I am now pursuing more of my interests in volunteer work and I feel more at peace within myself.  Thank you so much.”

Iin many countries, Reflexology is now part of the model for modern integrated clinical care facilities.  Dr Mehmet Oz, of the TV show, Dr OZ, is a celebrated heart surgeon and cofounder of the Complementary Care Centre at the New York Columbia Hospital.  Among other therapies, he utilises Reflexology.  His patients report quicker healing times post op and less stress throughout.  In his book titled, ‘Healing from the Heart’, Dr Oz talks about Reflexology and baseball star Frank Torre:

‘Frank used to like what he called “that footsie thing” so much that his eyeballs would sometimes roll back and he would fall into a deep, restful sleep after a forty five to sixty-minute treatment (pg 6). Frank still continues his Reflexology sessions several years after his transplant’ (pg 8).  Frank’s operation pre and post op was successful.  By utilising the complementary care tools available, Frank was enabled to deal healthily and in a balanced manner with what was a major operation.

Here Dr Oz mentions some feedback often given: ‘Immediately after a Reflexology session patients usually report a feeling of lightness and relaxation, sometimes even mentioning a kind of “release” in the area needing treatment. (pg110).

I often have clients mention these releases during treatments and as we discuss the findings, from my foot profile at the end of treatments, clients are often pleased that what we find matches their experience of imbalances they have already known of in their bodies. One of the most popular responses I have at the end of treatments is, ‘I feel so relaxed and my feet / hands feel wonderful’.  In the days following treatments clients usually notice a sense of peace and feel a boost of revitalising energy leading to clarity of thought and a clear mind.

As Service providers Reflexologists are one of the modern Complementary Care treatment options for today!  I found it worth a try and went on to study Reflexology.  The benefits to health and wellbeing are recognised so I reckon it is well worth taking a little Reflexology time to Relax and Recharge our bodies!  Like our modern devices, we too need to work well, in harmony with the world around us.  A little time to switch off while recharging equals a healthy, fully energised body.

Reflexology sessions usually last an hour and weekly treatments are recommended initially as we work on clearing imbalances in the body or working on specific conditions.  The Sole to Heal Clinic offers a package deal for new clients of 6 weekly treatments for the price of 5.  As improvements are seen treatments can be extended to fortnightly or three weekly.  Most clients then continue coming monthly as a way of maintaining health and wellbeing in the body.

Reflexology complements other therapies and works well alongside healthy nutrition and regular exercise.  An initial wellbeing consultation helps to explore how treatments can be tailored to help improve your lifestyle and health.  At the end of the treatment we discuss our findings with you and we work towards a course of action to help you achieve your goals.  Treatments can be on the Feet or Hands and often Ear and Facial Treatments are included where needs be for individual treatment plans.

Reflexology – Peer Reviewed Research

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The Benefits of Reflexology

There has been a lot of research conducted into the benefits of Reflexology by those who have worked in the field over many years. Reflexology is becoming a much more recognised complementary therapy, not least, because of the health benefits that are now more well known.  Peer reviewed research is of much value to professional reflexologists and their clients, as seen in this valuable piece of research gathered from around the world:

From this research article, and others, we can see that the following are benefits of reflexology:

Helps to restore balance and harmony in the body.  Helps to release tension. Practitioners believe it helps to facilitate a deep state of relaxation, calms the emotions and produces a clear, serene mind.  Many clients notice increased energy, a reduction in pain, clarity of thought and reduced anxiety.  

At Sole to Heal we have found that reflexology assists with menopause and andropausal symptoms for both men and women, has assisted in reducing headaches, sinus pain, acne, lower back pain and gives an overall sense of wellbeing.  It assists in reducing stress, helping with gaining clarity around weight loss, clarity of mind to help with better decision making and much more.

So why do people choose reflexology.  Here are just some of the reasons:

  • 1. The treatment is free from any drugs and chemicals, and it has a wide option for many health problems.1
  • 2. Its ability to reduce pain.11
  • 3. It helps the body to maintain dexterity and locomotion ability.8
  • 4. It promotes a general sense of relaxation especially for overused or tired hands, feet, and the whole body.2
  • 5. It stimulates the release of the body’s pain-relieving chemicals, endorphins.1
  • 6. As a prevention from any illness.2
  • 7. It promotes the recovery process from any injury particularly at any region on the hands and feet.

Reflexology can improve work outcomes

Reflexology is growing increasingly popular across Europe and Asia as both a complement to other treatments and as a preventive measure. One example is Denmark, where various municipalities and companies have employed reflexologists since the early ’90s.

According to several studies, this practice in Denmark has resulted in reduced sick leave and absenteeism (and significant economic savings for the employers). Employees have consistently reported complete or partial improvement in conditions where they sought reflexologists’ help and even relief for additional problems related to stress. In one municipal district, almost one-third of the employees reported greater satisfaction with their jobs after completing six sessions with a reflexologist. (

Want to know more about how Reflexology can benefit your health and wellbeing, visit some of the below websites filled with informative research and information.  Then book your treatment with Sole to Heal Reflexology Clinic to experience these benefits yourself.  We have available Foot Reflexology, Hand Reflexology, Ear & Facial Reflexology treatments or a combination of any of the above.

We also offer a Natural Facial Rejuvenation (Facial Uplift) treatment that works on releasing long held facial muscle and nerve tension bringing balance to the body’s healing lymphatic system.  This is deeply relaxing.

RESEARCH WEBSITES (scroll down for the latest news)

Visit Sole to Heal’s Reflexology page for more information:


Improving Performance With Reflexology


Whether you’re a performer, pro-athlete, semi-pro, or participate in a sporting activity to keep fit and healthy, incorporating reflexology into your fitness regime can be hugely beneficial.

Reflexology can bring about a positive effect to an Athletes overall physical health, performance and emotional wellbeing, by helping you to relax and recover faster from injuries and surgeries.   Reflexology can also assist in relaxing the emotions and bringing mind clarity during performance whether as an athlete or any event performer.

Reflexology can help to increase blood circulation to an injured area of the body, removing toxins and bringing in oxygen, nutrients, minerals, enzymes and hormones, while also removing toxins and waste products (generated by extended muscle exertion). Helping to support the body’s natural ability to heal itself, and promote faster recovery from injuries. Since the blood stream is responsible for supplying the muscles with nutrients and oxygen, increased circulation can assist in preventing cramps, spasms, aches and pains associated with extended exercise. 

Reflexology can help to reduce pain, such as knee pain or foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis neuroma or tendonitis. These conditions can be addressed by surgery, but as more athletes want to avoid drugs and reduce the time off due to surgery, Reflexology becomes a valuable tool. Reflexology also helps for sports that stress the shoulders, arms, and hands such as golf or tennis, treatments help to address issues such as tennis elbow and forearm pain.

If you have an injury to an area of the foot which is too painful to work directly, a Reflexologist can work on your hand instead as the hand is the “referral area” for the foot.

Reflexology promotes deep relaxation, which may help to improve sleep and ease tension leading up to a sporting or performance event. Stress and tension tightens the cardiovascular system and restricts blood flow, causing it to become sluggish. This results in the tissues becoming oxygen-deprived; the energy in the body becomes depleted, making all body systems suffer. By stimulating the nerve endings on the feet this can keep the body’s circulation flowing smoothly, which rejuvenates tired tissues. For highly competitive sports or an important major event it is best to have reflexology two or three days before an event…as staying psyched up requires adrenaline and a certain amount of tension. 

Reflexology encourages your body to achieve homeostasis, helping to better address the symptoms you are experiencing.

Reflexology is completely natural, having no harmful side effects, and so will not exacerbate the issue. 

Reflexology sessions can be easily incorporated into your fitness routine, and a reflexologist can demonstrate self-help techniques to try at home or at a sporting event, to help speed up the recovery process from strain or pain. Helping to enhance your physical and emotional wellbeing and overall performance. 

Examples of Sports Injuries


NHS Choices Sports injuries –


This week I had the privilege of working at an Auckland Superclinic giving reflexology treatments to nurses with a small group of complementary  health therapists.  It was a wonderful opportunity to give something back to those who work hard in caring for patients every day at the hospital. 

I was able to treat twenty nurses during the 8 hours we were there doing twenty minute treatments on the feet.  The nurses loved having a day that was about looking after themselves particularly considering the challenges they face everyday in nursing.  Caring for those who have to undergo challenging operations and then assisting with the stages of recuperation in a busy hospital environment.

The treatment offered included aromatherapy warm up massage and reflexology.  While a full one hour reflexology treatment brings much benefit to clients on a regular basis, these 20 minute treatments are ideal for businesses and busy people who don’t always have the time available to come to a clinic for an hour’s treatment. 

Touch itself is a healing process for many.  Combined with the aroma of essential oils and the rebalancing effects of gentle pressure on reflexology points, the body is revitalised and deeply relaxed on many levels, both physical and subtle.  With the positive responses of the nurses, we could see how Aromaflexology could be a perfect tool for a busy world.

There is much current research being done into the efficacy of Reflexology and Aromatherapy as tools for wellbeing.  I, myself, have seen success in reduction of menopause systems and as the following link show that evidence is now becoming available to match these results:

Here we also see research on reflexology and aromatherapy in pain reduction, how they can assist in reducing work place stress and staff retention, and how this can assist hospital staff and patients:


Aromaflexology is a combined treatment that includes Aromatherapy oil massage with Reflexology.



The word Aroma refers to the sense of smell.  Our smell receptors send information to our body and brain through our olfactory system, the nose and attached organs.  We all know that smelling the roses is relaxing.  Different oils bring different qualities of response.  Some are revitalising, some are relaxing and all have an impact on our emotional awareness. 

One of the first statements clients make when they walk into my clinic, is how wonderful the room smells.  This is the aroma of the essential oils.  Immediately, clients begin to feel relaxed.

Aromatherapy oils also have specific chemical components which react with the chemistry of our body.  Much study has been done today in the chemistry of aromatherapy oils and the oils are utlised for healing on many levels including subtle aromatherapy, mental, emotional and physical.



In Reflexology the body is mapped on to the feet, hands, ears and face.  Skin receptors on these areas of our body send messages along the nervous and muscular systems to bring balance back into the body.  Reflexology is a gentle touch massage that relaxes and revitalises the body as it is encouraged to bring itself back into balance.  Enjoy the following Reflexology NZ Introduction to Reflexology.


In combination these two modalities provide a system of healthcare that is proactive, encouraging the body’s energy systems towards health and relaxation, thereby enabling the body to connect to its own self-healing properties.   Through this proactive, relaxing process the body can remain in a state of vitality and balance.  Each persons response of course is unique to them.

When the body is in a state of healthy vitality, the mind has clarity, the emotions remain calm, the physical body is strengthened and intuitively enabled towards recognising what is naturally good for it’s own continued wellbeing.  This includes being aware of right diet, right exercise and right thought.  All these areas of health, if left out, lead to some of our common conditions of dis-ease.

The use of aromatic oils for smell and the understanding of the scientific physical properties of the oils on the body combined with the revitalising, balancing effects of Reflexology leads to a system of wellbeing that is effective for the treatment of many of these areas of dis-ease.

When healthcare providers all work together, with their areas of expertise and training knowledge,  a powerful system of healthcare is made available for all.  Bringing Aromatherapy and Reflexology together is one such area of combined knowledge that can lead to better health and wellbeing.



One area of health that is growing in awareness is that of working with the body’s energetic systems.  Subtle (non-physical) modalities of healing work on the premise that we have a subtle, energetic body that has a vibrational quality.  Often tapped into through meditation, reiki, chakra or auric healing and other such healing modalities, these forms of treatment work on levels often less tangible to the physical eye.   These treatments can have profound, beneficial effects that lead beyond the usual feelings of uplift or release of anxiety of traditional treatment modalities.

Through the study of psychology we can understand some of these effects and they can include visualisations, mental states akin to deep meditation, feeling a sensation of floating and feelings of deep bliss.  The non-physical effects of essential oils are still being explored and in general tend to be quite a personal experience. 


As Patricia Davis states, in her book Subtle Aromatherapy (pgs6-7),

‘Experiencing essential oils as an aid to one’s own personal growth or spiritual development … is the surest way to learn what effects they have.  A massage sesion planned to affect the physical body and perhaps the mental/emotional level may then take on another dimension.  Such experiences often leave the individual with feelings of deep bliss’

and in my experience, a deepening connection to their higher self or soul.





Robbi Zeck, a pioneer in the use of essential oils for the spirit, offers a beautiful heart centered approach to the use of the oils in her book, ‘The Blossoming Heart’.  Through the sense of smell we know how easily memories of the past are invoked.  Often to release an energy block we need to look at our memories in a different way. 

Robbi, in her book, states this perfectly when she says,

‘The suble quality of an essential oil can penetrate an area in our consciousness that has perhaps been fixated or limiting’.  By obsdrving the memory from a different perspective, we allow for a richness of understanding that we may not have experienced in the past and this can lead to new possibilities.’ (pg 22).

By encouraging a client to select their own essential oil during a treatment, a whole new perspective can be gained.  Robbi’s book gives beautiful readings for each essential oil, through her years of clinical experience in her Essential Oil Reflections, from the subtle levels of understanding.  By sharing these with a client a whole new exploration of life purpose can unfold bringing a more subtle level of healing and understanding.


Treatments are now available at the Sole to Heal Clinic for combined Aromaflexology therapies.  For those with less time 30 minute hand treatments or 45 minute foot treatments are available and are perfect to bring balance into a busy life. 

Hand treatments are wonderful for the business person who is on the computer all the time, the busy administrator and any one who uses their hands a lot in their workplace.  For those on their feet all the time, the foot treatment is perfect. 

For businesses a day of 20 minute treatments could be the perfect way to give back to your staff, to show appreciation for all the dedication, service and help given to keeping your business successful.

For a subtle Aromaflexology experience, selecting your own oil with a beautiful reading, allow for an hour’s treatment.  We can together enjoy exploring new intentions while beginning to release some of the memories that may be holding us back. 

I am a Professional Member of the Organisations Reflexology New Zealand and the Natural Health Practitioners of New Zealand

Always ensure that your Reflexologist is fully qualified as a practicing Professional Reflexologist.  To find out more about Professional Reflexologists please visit the Reflexology New Zealand website:


What is Reflexology and Why Reflexology?

Please read the information below prior to booking an appointment to avoid disappointment:

A medical contraindication to reflexology means there is a reason not to treat unless permission has been gained.  If you are on medication, or attending your doctor for any major health condition, his/her written consent will be needed before you can receive Reflexology.  Reflexology may alter the level of drug in your body if you have a serious medical condition(s).  Full consultation with your Dr / Health consultant team is important to ensure we are all working together in harmony towards your wellbeing.

From Reflexes to Reflexology




Reflexology is the study and clinical practice of releasing imbalances that are being held in the reflexes of the body. The Reflexes in our body let us know when something in the external environment is impacting in a way that stimulates a change in our internal environment. The definition of a reflex is “an involuntary and nearly instantaneous movement in response to a stimulus”.

To clarify this a more detailed explanation of the medical concept of the Reflex can be found at the end of this blog.

As reflexologists, we know that the body reacts to external stimuli in many different ways and imbalances occur when our response is not relaxed enough to manage the change. Our bodies are an amazing multi-faceted design system with the most intricate balancing mechanisms . When our body learns how to respond well to the environment it is able to maintain its own healthy balance.

Reflexology assists the body cells to release imbalances and learn new pathways towards wellbeing.  Through this process and healthy lifestyle practices, the body is enabled to work at an optimal capacity.  After an initial period of weekly sessions, where pressure points are stimulated to help eliminate long held tensions that have been held in the reflexes, fortnightly, then monthly reflexology maintenance treatments are all that is needed to encourage the body to maintain balance.  The body learns how, through release and relaxation, to respond well to its environment.

When I was young, one of the first symptoms, doctors would check for was reflex reactions. By tapping on your knee, the doctor could tell if your body responded well to external impacts. If your knee moved, your reflexes were seen to be working well. If not, then there was perceived to be some form of imbalance. Doctors were aware of the importance of reflexes for understanding health and wellbeing.

The idea of Reflexology itself was initiated by an ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr William Fitzgerald, who found that putting pressure on certain points of the body enabled him to perform small operations without anaesthetics.  Over time these points became identified as key pressure points on the feet, hands and ears, now identified on reflexology charts the world over.  (


Knowing the body is constantly working to maintain balance throughout all of its circulatory systems, whether it be respiratory, endocrinal, neural, lymphatic or excretory, reflexologists aim to assist the body with these processes. Combined with a wellbeing consultation reflexology clients reap the benefits of a more balanced lifestyle.

To maintain balance the body has to be in a steady state known as homeostasis. When it is out of balance we begin to feel pain. Pain occurs in many different forms. It can be external and sudden in the form of heat, pressure, knocks or accidents or internal in the form of relational stress whether that be mental or emotional. If stress is continuous, we begin to see internal effects in the form of inflammation of the muscles, joints, organs and tissues.

Inflammation occurs over a period of time and often goes unnoticed until pain occurs. Mental exertion, emotional reaction or physical strain cause stress to the body. During stress filled moments, muscles contract. If stress occurs over a lengthy period of time muscles can become over-contracted leading to wear, tear and pain on all levels. Imagine a rubber band that is constantly stretched, eventually it loses its elasticity. We put stress into our body too often, eventually we will feel pain on all levels; physically, emotionally, mentally. By this time these personality levels become disconnected, we have also lost our elasticity and ability to be able to think with clarity. As our energy becomes clogged and fatigued we also lose higher abilities to think intuitively and outside the square.

Repeated stressful experiences lead to a conditioning of the nervous and muscular systems which cause the body to become limited in movement. The body then loses its ability to function at optimal capacity. Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, heart problems, fibromyalgia, arthritis and lymphoedema are all the result of conditioned reflexes.  Conditioning caused by stressors to the body lead to much pain and discomfort.

Having had an elderly client with swelling in her feet I was pleased to see the swelling gone the second time she came to me and the positive effect this had on her lifestyle for being able to walk again.  Here we see a client in the UK talking about the results of reflexology on her lymphoedema treatment

Menopause is a condition that is impacted by changing hormones in the body. As the body adjusts to hormonal chemical changes it can respond with a variety of symptoms that differ from client to client. These can include but are not limited to hot flushes, emotional mood swings, lethargy and stomach conditions such as bloating or constipation.

I have clients who have had remarkable improvements to these and similar conditions in their initial weekly treatments. When conditions like these improve, the ability to function at optimal capacity again gives peace and clarity of mind to all concerned. Ongoing monthly treatments then enable the body to maintain it’s own healthy balance.  Being relaxed and revitalised brings balance and joy back into our lives.

Swelling feet

A full treatment working the feet, hands and ears gives the physical, emotional and mental fields the maximum time to rebalance and become revitalised. Allowing an hour and half to two hours the body is also encouraged to fully relax, a state that often isn’t available to us with our busy lifestyle schedules.  Most reflexology clients find a weekly one hour treatment session leads to a revitalised, relaxed body and mind.  For those with less time available a half hour session opens the door to initiate changes that lead to improvements in wellbeing.

Through the reflexology rebalancing and relaxing process, the body begins to learn there is a new way to function. This leads to release of tension in the physical body, clarity of mind functioning, and better emotional responses to the world and those around you.  An individual functioning in a healthy way leads to healthier relationships.  In the workplace, this can lead to much improved team work and an ability to function as a well grounded and clear thinking innovative group.  For my clients just being able to think with more clarity is energising and revitalising.

The Reflex (excerpt from

A reflected action or movement; the sum total of any particular automatic response mediated by the nervous system. A reflex is built into the nervous system and does not need the intervention of conscious thought to take effect. The knee jerk is an example of the simplest type of reflex. When the knee is tapped, the nerve that receives this stimulus sends an impulse to the spinal cord, where it is relayed to a motor nerve. This causes the quadriceps muscle at the front of the thigh to contract and jerk the leg up. This reflex, or simple reflex arc, involves only two nerves and one synapse. The leg begins to jerk up while the brain is just becoming aware of the tap. Other simple reflexes, the stretch reflexes, help the body maintain its balance. Every time a muscle is stretched, it reacts with a reflex impulse to contract. As a person reaches or leans, the skeletal muscles tense and tighten, tending to hold him and keep him from falling. Even in standing still, the stretch reflexes in the skeletal muscles make many tiny adjustments to keep the body erect. The “hot stove” reflex is more complex, calling into play many different muscles. Before the hand is pulled away, an impulse must go from the sensory nerve endings in the skin to a center in the spinal cord, from there to a motor center, and then out along the motor nerves to shoulder, arm, and hand muscles. Trunk and leg muscles respond to support the body in its sudden change of position, and the head and eyes turn to look at the cause of the injury. All this happens while the person is becoming aware of the burning sensation. A reflex that protects the body from injury, as this one does, is called a nociceptive reflex. Sneezing, coughing, and gagging are similar reflexes in response to foreign bodies in the nose and throat, and the wink reflex helps protect the eyes from injury. A conditioned reflex is one acquired as the result of experience. When an action is done repeatedly the nervous system becomes familiar with the situation and learns to react automatically, and a new reflex is built into the system. Walking, running, and typewriting are examples of activities that require large numbers of complex muscle coordinations that have become automatic.

Nerve pathways(

The diagram found in this link is a Nerve pathway of a simple reflex. When the sensory nerve ending is stimulated, a nerve impulse travels along a sensory (afferent) neuron to the spinal cord. Here an association neuron transfers the impulse to a motor (efferent) neuron. The motor neuron carries the impulse to a muscle, which contracts and moves a body part.


February News – Reflexology Validations

Sole to Heal Reflexology has had a busy start to the year.  Fully booked for January and new clients continuing to book in for February.  Already we are seeing fantastic results from the reduction of lymphoedema, (fluid retention and tissue swelling); pain reduction; clarity of mind;  reduction of hot flushes and improved elimination.

Body map of pressure points on the feet for major organs and glands


Clients are beginning to move from their regular weekly appointments to fortnightly appointments.  As the body adjusts to the self-healing process the removal of many tensions, which are likely to have been held in the body for long periods of time, show in the results reflexologists get.  We find that regular maintenance treatments then help to ensure that new tensions are quickly released before a build up can re-occur.

It is wonderful on the research front also to see validation of reflexology.  Scientists have been using MRI scanning to follow the results of reflexology from a clinical perspective and we now see confirmation of the basic tenets of reflexology, affirming what reflexologists see every day:

For more links on reflexology research and the lymphatic System see my reflexology links page or my facebook page

We now have available 12 monthly treatments for the price of 11. Monthly maintenance treatments are a wonderful way to bring balance to your life and release any tension build up in your body. Book your monthly treatment and receive your loyalty card.  By relaxing your mind, body and emotions you gain clarity and steadiness of purpose.  Book this month and your free treatment will be a wonderful way to start the New Year in 2017.


I look forward to meeting and greeting you and your feet.

Enjoy my article about my reflexology journey, pages 12 to 14, in the wonderful Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary Magazine below: