Most people enjoy having a foot massage – but the benefits and effects on the body and mind from a professional reflexology session go far and beyond just relaxation. 

Reflexology is a gentle, non-invasive holistic treatment that has been used in various forms for thousands of years.

How does Reflexology work?

Reflexology is the application of pressure to the body, especially the feet, based on zones and reflexes. The effect is similar to an acupuncture session, yet is far more nurturing and relaxing. Reflexology helps clear congestion, tension and discomfort from deep within the body, which eases the mind and soothes the senses.

Each of the body’s organs is linked to a specific part of the foot. Physical problems occurring in the body are reflected in the reflex points of the feet, and can, therefore, be located via palpation and treated with specialised reflexology foot   ‘massage’ techniques.

Reflexology is a very powerful aid in preventative healthcare. It is superb for minor health problems, such as headaches or digestion, and can also work successfully in larger issues, such as pain management and adrenal fatigue.

Reflexology is a simple, easily administered, pain-free yet effective treatment. Through regular sessions of Reflexology, the body’s own self-healing mechanisms are greatly boosted.

“The effectiveness of Reflexology is recognised worldwide by various national health institutions and the public at large as a distinct complementary practice within the holistic health field.”
American Association of Reflexology.

 What are the Benefits of Reflexology?

There is a whole range of ways to apply the techniques of Reflexology to help with many conditions, both mental and physical. These include burnout, lack of energy, post-surgery recovery, back, neck, muscle and joint pain, chronic pain, headaches and migraines, stress and fatigue, adrenal fatigue, pregnancy, before and after childbirth, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Did you know that each foot has 7,200 nerve endings? During a Reflexology session these nerve endings receive specific stimulation to balance and clear the nerve pathways and so improve the over-all function of the nervous system. In fact, all the  systems of the body receive a boost as toxins and tensions are released. As the tensions lodged in the nervous system and vital organs is released, deeply held emotional stresses can sometimes get cleared. We all need to move our stuck emotions as eventually they can become the source of illness. That is why they are called e-motions!

The average foot is also subjected to more than 70 tonnes of pressure per 2 Kilometres walked, and the average person walks around the world four times in his or her lifetime. Reflexology will not only relieve this pressure in your aching feet, but it reaches those levels of the body and mind that other modalities don’t.

Read more: Adrenal exhaustion and Reflexology

Article by Saga Gibbs, Reflexologist
Saga2Wellness, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Saga Gibbs | Reflexologist

Saga is a highly qualified Reflexology practitioner and specialises in trauma relief and burnout syndrome. She has had many clients report their headaches, back pain and insomnia have greatly improved or disappeared completely after as little as one to three sessions with her.


Saga is a warm, caring & highly skilled practitioner. A lovely space and use of all sorts of oils and the hot stones makes a session with Saga something else. I have already booked my next two-hour spot.

Michelle Withers

Amazing ability

I continue to see Saga since last 3 years and I find that her relaxing Reflexology and Massage speeds up my recovery time. I would definitely recommend Saga as she is professional, peaceful and has an amazing ability.

Rachel Fraher