Patricia Lavelle MAR FHP CNHC Foot Health Treatments, Holistic Foot Therapies & Reflexology for Dumfries & Galloway


Reflexology is based on the concept that every part of the body is connected by energy pathways which end in reflex areas on the feet, the hands and the head. Reflexology is the practice of working over these reflexes in a precise and systematic way. By applying controlled pressure, the body is encouraged to achieve its own natural state of wholeness and good health. Working on the feet is especially beneficial in clearing and balancing the body.

reflex is a point on the body which, when stimulated by a reflexologist, will have an effect on another part of the body. The classic one is the knee jerk reflex. If you tap the knee, the reflex action is the spasm of the thigh muscles which makes the knee jerk.

The Origins of Reflexology

The roots of reflexology are found in many different cultures, from the tombs of Ancient Eqypt to the earlist texts of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ancient techniques of pressure to relieve pain were widely used in earlier times.

The art and techniques of massage and manipulation of the body largely come from Greece, Rome, North Africa, and the Arabian peninsula. They date back many thousands of years and have known from this time to have profound and positive effect on the health pf the recipient. Known as the "father of medicine," Hippocrates a physician of Ancient Greece, spoke of rubbing and manipulation in order to relieve pain in the joints.

The ancient Egyptians also used massage daily. It is in one of their tombs that the first depictions of some sort of treatment of the toes and fingers have been found.

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Vladimir Bekhterev

The term reflexology was coined by Vladimir Bekhterev 1917 a Russian neurologist and the father of objective psychology.

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Vladimir Bekhterev was best known for noting the role of the hippocampus in memory, his study of reflexes, and Bekhterev Disease (Ankylosing spondylitis).
Moreover, he is known for his competition with Ivan Pavlov regarding the study of conditioned reflexes..

Universal Reflexology

The feet are a microcosm of the whole body. This holistic treatment involves massaging specific acupressure points on the feet, which helps stimulate energy and circulation, thus supporting the body's own natural healing process.

Reflexology is suitable for all ages and a wide range of conditions. By encouraging the elimination of toxins from the body, improving circulation and boosting the immune system, reflexology helps to normalise the bodies functions, easing or totally eradicating the symptoms of any number of ailments.

Sleep problems
Digestive disorders
Hormonal imbalances
Bladder issues
Stress and anxiety are just a few conditions that Reflexology has shown to be particularly helpful.
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There are many different categories of disease: viral, bacterial, parasitic, amd autommune disorders, the latter occuring when the body loses its ability to protect itself because it does not recognise its own antibodies, and this results in inflammation and destruction of tissues. For all of these problems, the practice of reflexology offers an holistic approach, whereby the patient's physical, mental, and emotional states are all taken into account before treatment starts.

Pain Relief

Reflexologists will assess all the common problems contributing to a patient's ill-health, but their main concern is to establish whether there are any energy imbalances in the zonal pathways. By working and stimulating the reflex that corresponds to the presenting problem, pain relief is often felt.

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How You Can Feel

Typical reactions during and after a reflexology session are:

  • Increased energy
  • Inner peace
  • Gentle tingling sensations
  • Clearer senses
  • Lessening of stress and emotional problems
  • Improved physical health
  • Increased ability to deal positively with stressful situations
  • A general feeling of being more whole, healthy and happy.

  • Lymphatic Reflexology

    The aim of RLD reflexology is to reduce swelling via specific techniques for lymphatic drainage via the feet and hands.

    Lymphatic Therapies

    Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is a specialist reflexology technique which stimulates specific lymphatic reflexes on the feet. Primarily, it assists with the management of secondary lymphoedema occurring from the treatment of breast cancer however it has also been shown to help with primary lymphoedema in some cases. Over a period of time, there can be a significant reduction of fluid out of the affected limb and thus a reduction of further fluid build-up.

    Lymph is usually moved around the body by the massaging effect of the surrounding muscles but if the muscles get damaged or perhaps there is abnormal development of the lymphatic system, there can then be an increase in fluid in the body tissues and it is this which may lead to lymphoedema.

    Researched and developed by Sally Kay, reflexology lymph drainage has delivered amazing results.

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