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What is Reflexology?

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Reflexology is an ancient healing technique, dating back to 2330BC, which works alongside orthodox medicine, whereby pressure is applied to specific points (reflex points) on the feet. These points correspond to all major organs, glands and body parts. It is believed that by stimulating these reflex points it activates the body’s own innate healing power to bring about a rebalancing of the systems.

The feet have over 10000 nerve endings, so when they are stimulated through touch this sends a calming message from the peripheral nerves in the feet to the central nervous system which in turn signals the body to adjust tension levels.

The Benefits
Some of the ailments reflexology may help include; Parkinson's, MS, sciatica, migraine, asthma, bronchitis, stomach ulcers, colitis, constipation, IBS, colic, reflux, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sarcoidosis PMS, PCOS, painful periods, endometriosis, infertility, menopausal symptoms, insomnia, anxiety and depression.

The Research
Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have found that people felt about 40% less pain, and were able to stand pain for about 45% longer, when they used reflexology as a method of pain relief.
The results suggested that reflexology could be used to complement conventional drug therapy in the treatment of conditions associated with pain such as osteoarthritis, backache and cancers.
"It is likely that reflexology works in a similar manner to acupuncture by causing the brain to release chemicals that lessen pain signals."

Learn how to do reflexology on your baby!
Upcoming Parent and Baby Reflexology classes are commencing Wednesday 26th April, a 3 week course with one-to-one guidance and handouts. Please contact Fiona to book your place.

Fiona is affiliated with The National Register of Reflexologists Ireland which allows you to claim back on your health insurance (please check with your provider). Fiona provides fertility, maternity and baby reflexology.

 Fiona Conlon Nally is an ITEC qualified Reflexologist and Holistic Massage Therapist. Contact Fiona on 086 078 0566 to book an appointment or visit

Fiona offers a wide range of holistic therapies in private treatment rooms on the first floor above Whelehans Pharmacy, Pearse St Mullingar. Holistic Therapies include Hot Stone Massage, Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Hopi Ear Candling, Reflexology, Reiki and Thai Scalp & Foot Ritual. Contact Fiona on 086 078 0566 to book an appointment

Disclaimer:  Reflexology is not meant as a substitute for medical check-up, advice and treatment from your GP or healthcare professional

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