Reflexology has roots

As holistic practitioners, we believe the body has the power to heal itself - and we’re facilitators of that, through our reflexology healing techniques. Reflexology has had many modalities and evolutions over the years. We don’t know exactly how it started, but throughout religions and ancient artworks, there have been nods to people healing through the feet throughout history.

In the early 20th Century, Nobel Prize winner, Sir Charles Sherrington’s research on ‘The Integrative Action of the Nervous System’ showed that nerves are able to transmit signals throughout the body, to coordinate and control body functions. Energy comes in different forms, such as thermal (heat), radiant (light), motion (kinetic), electrical, chemical, nuclear and gravitational. Energy can affect receptors. Receptors are located in the sense organs (ears, eyes, skin, tongue, nose) and are categorised as a group of specialised cells that detect changes in the environment, e.g. eyes sensitive to light; skin to touch, feel pressure, pain, temperature changes. When a receptor is stimulated, it sends signals along the nerve cells (neurones) to the brain. A response is then made by the body (muscle, gland, organ) via the Central Nervous system (CNS).

The brain, spinal cord and reflex pathways control the body’s activities. This theory cemented his notion that all organs can be affected by stimulating the surface of the body.

Later, in the 1970’s, Dr William Fitzgerald brought the Zone Theory to the forefront. Zone Theory is built on the theory that the body is divided into 10 longitudinal lines, which can be identified as five zones on each foot. Each toe (or finger) marks a different zone within which energy flows up and down the body. Homeostasis is the body’s natural state of balance and is one of the aims of reflexology. His work was built on by Dr Joe Shelby Riley, who later employed Eunice Ingham as a physiotherapist in his practice. It was from here that in the 1930’s, she developed her foot theory and is considered to be the ‘Mother of Reflexology’ today.

Ingham’s beautiful life purpose was to “help mankind as much as we are able, whenever possible and wherever we might be” and her technique was to use a fluid movement, which differs from the Rwo-Shur method. We use the Ingham Method at The House of Palms and give thanks to the reflexology lineage, who have brought this practice to the masses.

Reasons for reflexology  

Most people can be treated with reflexology for a variety of conditions, because it’s about restoring balance- and if there’s an imbalance somewhere in the body that’s manifested itself into an illness, then reflexology can help restore harmony again.

We’re unfortunately facing an NHS crisis, elevated stress levels and increasing infertility and cancer rates. This is sadly not a picture of a system that is working, nor does it indicate that people are happy or fulfilled due to stress levels, sociological factors and global political issues taking their toll on health. For example, stress has a significant impact on the body and can make it vulnerable to disease as it may lower the immune system. Stress can also lead to conception issues, as cortisol can affect progesterone production.

In 2000, The House of Lords published a report stating that is sees reflexology’s role as a means to complement conventional or orthodox medicine, to aid recovery and overall wellbeing. As much as we feel its benefits span beyond this, it’s a step in the right direction for any skeptics amongst us.

What to expect from reflexology

Please remember, this isn’t western medicine - we treat the cause, not the symptoms, which can take time depending on your body’s healing abilities and response but the benefits are worth the wait. Charlotte will discuss your reasons for treatment at the consultation, along with a proposed plan. Based on this, a focused treatment will be performed and any imbalances discussed afterwards.

Upon attending, following a consultation regarding your medical history and lifestyle, clients will be asked to remove their socks and shoes and to sit on the zero-gravity recliner chair, so that Charlotte can start to provide a treatment on the feet. For hand reflexology, any ring or arm jewellery should be removed. Feel free to relax and unwind whilst you enjoy a treatment and listening to music - some clients like to fall asleep, so feel free! This is your time. After the treatment, you will be offered a glass of water to aid the removal of toxins and Charlotte will discuss any reflexes out of balance and any future treatments advised.


If you have any queries or questions, get in touch with us and we can arrange a phone call.

If you’re ready to book, visit our booking page to schedule a treatment.


Is reflexology suitable for me?

If you’d like to chat about whether or not reflexology is the right choice of treatment for you, or to ask general questions about its practice and principles, please contact us directly.

Reflexology during pregnancy can help promote natural birth, help with compression of the spine, and and help aid sleep, to name a few of its benefits.

Reflexology during pregnancy can help promote natural birth, help with compression of the spine, and and help aid sleep, to name a few of its benefits.