Reflexology vs Insomnia

Reflexology vs InsomniaDo you suffer from insomnia? Then you may be interested to know that one of the most common texts I get from clients the day after their first Reflexology treatment is one telling me how incredibly well they slept!

Disordered sleep patterns are something that we all struggle with at one time or another, affecting our daytime energy levels, our mental alertness, our memory, our pain levels, our moods, our relationships and our wider health.

With a myriad of possible causes, sleep disorders present a real problem to the medical community, with over 10 million prescriptions for sleeping pills given each year in England. But despite the very real temptation of a quick fix pill, medication only offers short-term relief.

So, what is Reflexology? And why does it help us sleep?

Reflexology focuses on stimulating or sedating reflex points on the foot, which relate to the whole body. So a relaxing foot massage becomes a treatment for the whole body and mind.

The practitioner is able to focus the treatment on reflexes that will help the individual. In a client with insomnia she might concentrate on the reflexes of the endocrine system to mediate the effects of stress and promote better hormonal balance. Or she may focus on reflexes to release deep tension in the muscles, and to calm a busy or anxious mind. For each person, the focus will be a little different, addressing their specific needs.

A Reflexologist sees your whole body reflected in the reflexes of your feet and works those reflexes to create an effect across the entire body – and mind.

Reflexology ExeterIf you’ve never had Reflexology before, it can be hard to explain just how deeply relaxing and restorative the treatment can be. It can feel as though someone has pulled a plug and all of the collected stress and tension in your body has drained away. And not just the obvious tension like tense shoulders or a furrowed brow. Tension that you didn’t even know you had, until it was gone!

I would liken the restorative effects of Reflexology to pressing the ‘restore factory functions’ button on your phone! Or the ‘switch it off and switch it back on again’ theory of computer care! The effect to the body is quite renewing.

As our stress drains away we experience a raft of physiological and psychological changes. The heart rate decreases, breathing becomes slower and deeper, raised blood pressure is lowered, digestion improves, and the ever busy, anxious or racing mind feels calmer at last. The body is no longer in survival mode, instead it is able to rest, repair, heal and find it’s own balance, just as nature intended.

“The ability of the body to maintain its health and overcome illness is, in fact, among nature’s most remarkable feats.” ~ Donna Eden

A release of stress, a relaxed body, a quiet mind; the perfect set up for us to enter human’s inbuilt ‘rest and repair’ mode – sleep. As a Reflexologist, I have often worked with clients to break the cycle of insomnia and I know that Reflexology has so much to offer in this area. And I still love getting those texts the next day!

If you suffer from insomnia or disordered sleep, I offer Reflexology treatments by appointment in central Exeter, and home visits throughout Mid Devon, including Crediton, Tiverton, Silverton, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Witheridge, Cowley, Tedburn, Bow  – and everywhere in between!


Seasonal Treatments for Busy Mums!

Right now is the busiest time of year for many of us, and I suspect that Mums are top of this list! So I’m encouraging you to take a break and treat yourself to a pre Christmas Reflexology massage.

iStock_000000787215SmallThe energy of the winter is all about slowing down, replenishing our energy store and pausing to reflect. But the run up to Christmas rather gets in the way of all this! Reflexology is a wonderful antidote to this seasonal stress, so I’m encouraging you to book a pre Christmas treatment to help you replenish your energy, rebalance your body and get in touch with the more peaceful energy of the season. After all, you deserve to enjoy the festivities too!

And as an extra incentive, there is a little Christmas wellbeing gift for everyone who books a Reflexology treatment between now and Christmas!

Merry Christmas!




Reflexology – mapped on the feet

What are your feet telling you?

It is always fun to study the foot maps with my clients! It is a great opportunity to think about where our body needs a little extra support and how we can provide it. I thought I would share some of my favourite maps!

This foot map is one of my favourites and was brought back from Nepal by a friend in ’98, when I was first studying reflexology. It clearly shows that various significances are attributed to different parts of the foot in other cultures too. Beautiful colours.

Nepalese feet

It looks quite different from this more modern version that I keep in my clinic…

foot map colour

Reflexologists use maps like this to ensure that each of the reflexes, corresponding to each part of the body, is gently worked. We note reflexes which feel congested or depleted, and use massage techniques to create greater balance across the systems. Often we find that what we see in the foot, is reflected in the body – or visa versa!

feet meridians

Because my background is in Energy Medicine (Jin Shin Jyutsu and Kinesiology) I also have the Meridian maps (above) in my minds eye while I am treating. The meridians are channels/pathways of energy which begin or end in the feet and hands, and promoting a smooth and balanced flow of energy through these channels has a wonderful effect on our health and wellbeing.


Give your feet a treat!

I offer Reflexology treatments by appointment in central Exeter, and home visits throughout Mid Devon, including Crediton, Tiverton, Silverton, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Witheridge, Cowley, Tedburn, Bow  – and everywhere in between


Reflexology – What To Expect

Devon based therapist, Nikki Baker MAR, introduces this popular therapy and explains what to expect when you have a Reflexology treatment.

Thinking about visiting a Reflexologist?

People visit a Reflexologist for many reasons…

  • You may need to manage your stress levels better – perhaps for the sake of your health.
  • You may want to try a holistic approach to raise your energy levels, reduce pain, improve sleep or tackle a specific health problem.
  • You may be feeling overstretched, run down, or coping with difficult circumstances.

Reflexology? That’s feet, isn’t it?

Yes! A Reflexologist works reflexes on the feet which relate to the rest of the body. So what might simply have been a lovely relaxing foot massage, becomes a treatment for the whole body and mind.

Reflexology approaches health and wellbeing by looking at the person as a whole, and seeking to create the optimum conditions for the body to repair, re-balance and heal.

The treatment itself…

Before you begin, your Reflexologist will ask you some questions about your health and invite you to talk about what prompted you to book the treatment. Then it will be time to take off shoes and socks and get settled in a comfortable reclining chair.

The therapist will adjust your treatment to support you in whichever way you need. So they might focus on reflexes to reduce pain, promote hormone balance, improve digestion… whatever you need on the day.

Some people worry that they might be ticklish, but in fact you will find that the treatment is deeply relaxing and you may even fall asleep – which is absolutely fine!

After your treatment…

You may well feel quite different to when you arrived. Deep relaxation shifts us into new thinking patterns, and you may feel very calm and peaceful. People often sleep very well after Reflexology! And as your body shifts into its mode of Rest and Repair, hopefully you’ll begin to feel better all round.

If you’d like to find out what Reflexology can do for you, why not give it a try. I offer home visits across the Mid Devon area, so drop me an email, letting me know a little bit about you and roughly where you live, and we’ll organise an appointment. I look forward to working with you.

I like to get out and about! Home visits are available throughout Mid Devon, including Crediton, Silverton, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Witheridge, Cowley, Tedburn, Bow, Morchard Bishop… and everywhere in between!

Images courtesy of Simon Howden at