Reflexology: What to Expect

What Is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a non-invasive treatment that is based on the belief that there are zones or meridians throughout the body and specific points in the hands and feet that correspond to each part of the body. It is thought that pressure on certain parts of the feet and hands will release energy points, leading to improved circulation, relieving tension and reducing stress. A fully qualified reflexologist will use specific thumb and finger movements to enhance the body’s natural functions and to encourage wellbeing. Although there are very few instances where it may not be appropriate for a treatment to be given, reflexology is generally suitable for all ages and abilities.

The Treatment

Typically a reflexology treatment will last an hour. The treatment will be given in a comfortable seated position with socks and shoes removed. Your therapist may play soothing music and the lighting may be dimmed. If you are receiving your first treatment then you should be given a consultation, where your therapist will chat to you about any issues and make an full holistic assessment of your general health and feet. Your therapist should make you feel at ease and encourage you to ask questions.

Occasionally certain areas of your feet may feel tender during the treatment, overall the session will feel relaxing and you may feel sleepy or drowsy at the end. The Complimentary & Natural Health Care Council states that a treatment will “help you relax which can help improve mood, aid sleep and relieve tension. The result is an overall sense of wellbeing.”


If you have any questions about a reflexology treatment at the Colchester Holistic Health Clinic or would like to book an appointment then do not hesitate to contact us or give us a call on 01206 761 806 and we will be more than happy to discuss any queries you may have.

What Is A Chakra?

Chakras are energy points that run from the crown of the head down the spine. Chakra is Sanskrit for wheel, each signifies a rotating vortex of subtle energy translated to seven basic centres in the body. Chakras simultaneously draw a parallel to major nerve ganglia which branch forth from the spinal column and correlate to various organs & body functions. 1-12   Additionally Chakras represent senses, colours and emotional levels.

Chakras originate in many Eastern traditions and have been absorbed into various areas of healing and wellbeing.  Chakras also thought to correlate to levels of consciousness, elements of personal characteristics, developmental stages of life and are thought to reflect a spiritual journey.  Chakras are associated with specific healing techniques such as acupuncture and acupressure key points (See Hot Stones Massage), and are believed to correspond with chronic and acute conditions physically, mentally and emotionally.1-12

Crown Chakra:  Thought

Mind: Enlightenment, self-knowledge, wisdom, spirit, higher self

Body: Brain/Cerebral Cortex and central nervous system.  Pituitary: produces 8 hormones regulating growth, blood pressure, pregnancy and childbirth,  energy and water balance

Spirit/Sahasrara: Crown relates to consciousness, as pure awareness, connection to divine.  It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, space-less place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.

Violet/Purple: Amethyst, Diamond, Quartz Crystal, Sugilite

Third Eye Chakra: Light

Mind: Intuition, psychic abilities, self-reflection, knowing, telepathy

Body:  Hypothalamus and pineal gland, which is a light sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin/serotonin, which regulates patterns of sleep and awakening, and influences mood (SAD). Also the eyes, ears, Eustachian tubes, dizziness, vertigo. dementia, neuritis and migraine

Spirit/Ajna: associated to the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively, opens our psychic faculties, raises our awareness, allows us to “see the bigger picture”

Indigo: Lapiz Lazuli, Sapphire, Sodalite

Throat Chakra:   Sound

Mind: Communication, speech, listening, self-expression, singing

Body: Cervical ganglia, bronchi, vocal apparatus, alimentary canal, thyroid and parathyroids, regulates metabolism, growth and maturation

Spirit/Vishuddha: silence, shyness, introverted. When to speak the truth, and when to listen, finding the words to apologise and soothe. Shock and grief. Peace and calm. “shoulder responsibility”

Pale Blue: Blue Lace Agate, Celestite, Turquoise, Blue Topaz

Heart Chakra:    Air

Mind: Devotion, love, compassion, healing, self-acceptance, balanced emotion

Body: Heart, blood, circulation system and cardiac conditions & respiratory system, lungs, diaphragm, breathlessness.  Immunity, for fighting off disease, adversely affected by stress and emotions

Spirit/Anahata: balance and well-being, mind and body, male and female, ego and unity. Balanced heart chakra allows us to self-love, give and receive love, feel compassion and centeredness. Surrender fears, bitterness and resentment. Overcoming loss, depression and bereavement.

Green : Jade, Aventurine, Emerald, Malachite, Rose Quartz

 Solar Plexus ChakraFire

Mind: Ego, self- control, identity, will power, action, freedom, career
Body: Digestive system, stomach, duodenum, gall bladder, liver and pancreas, and conversion of food into energy.  Diabetes.  Skin conditions like eczema, Anxiety, Phobias, Nervousness, Worry, and stomach ulcers

Spirit/ Manipura: power-centre, vitality, personal power and strength, energy-drive aspirations and spontaneity .  Effectiveness, conquer lack of confidence, build self esteem and courage to overcome shyness, “Lion from Wizard of Oz”

Yellow : Yellow Amber, Tigers Eye, Calcite, Gold

Sacral/Naval ChakraWater  

Mind: sexuality, self-gratification, passion, creativity, reproduction, change

Body: lower abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, gonads,  hormone and reproductive cycle, which can cause dramatic mood swings. Fluid balance Lymphatic’s, oedema, kidneys, and bladder. Pelvic problems and Sciatic nerve can cause lower back pain and issues with your gait. Jealousy, envy, negativity, greed and spite.  Warmth and drive

Spirit/Swadhisthanna: allied to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality, bodily fluids. It connects us to others through feeling of pleasure, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, generosity depth of feeling, sexual fulfilment, and the ability to accept change

Orange: Carnelian, Topaz, Amber

Root Chakra:    Earth

Mind: Basic instinct, survival, protection, self-preservation, security, grounding and strength

Body: Spinal column, bones, Legs, feet, low energy levels and no enthusiasm for life. Stimulates the skin and muscles of perineum. Mental illness and insecurity, when balanced it is beneficial for enhancing leadership skills

Base chakra/ Muludhara:  sacrococcyx, this chakra forms our foundation.  It represents our connection to the element earth, and our survival instincts, security, also to basic human potential, rooting our bodies …  taking us “back to the bone”

Red:  Ruby, Garnet, Red Gasper, Sayronyx, Ruby

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