Reflexology works?

Among the many questions we’re regularly asked “does Reflexology really work?” is very high up the list.




It really depends what’s meant by ”work”! If it means does Reflexology bring positive outcomes, such as people feel better and specific health issues go away, then yes, we believe it does!

Does Reflexology really work?

As a Reflexologists with over 30 years combined practise, our clinical experience and that of our patients (who are happy to refer friends and family) tells us there’s definitely something in this Reflexology thing! The next most often asked question is “how does it work?” That’s not quite such an easy question to answer.

Reflexologist’s believe that the body is mapped onto the feet. And that by applying pressure to specific areas of the feet, balance is restored to that organ and unwanted symptoms can be relieved.

There are lots of theories out there, here are the top 3

Theory #1: Reflexology works with the central nervous system.

Research dating back to the 1890’s suggests that the application of pressure on the feet sends a calming message to the nervous system telling it to adjust tension, increase relaxation and support the optimal functioning of the internal organs and systems.

So in a nutshell it positively affects the circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, immune, and neuropeptide systems in the body.

Theory #2: Reflexology reduces pain by reducing stress and improving mood.

This theory suggests pain is a ‘subjective experience created by your brain’ in response to feeling physical pain. But, it’s argued, the brain can also create pain in response to emotional factors.

By reducing stress and improving mood Reflexology can reduce pain.

Theory #3: Reflexology keeps the body’s “vital energy” flowing.

Explains that when the flow of energy is congested the body is out of balance, which can then lead to illness. Reflexology, it’s claimed can keep the energy flowing and the body in balance.

Whichever theory makes sense to you, go with it. Try Reflexology for yourself and enjoy whatever benefits it brings!


About Happy Soles Reflexology

Ellen, Victoria and Jo have combined Reflexology practise of over 30 years. We’re passionate about natural health care and love supporting women from fertility through to family and beyond. Our practise is based at Hove Natural Health Clinic, which was opened in 2015 to create a haven of calm in a comfortable, welcoming environment.