World Reflexology Week 2015

World Reflexology Week 2015 runs from 21 – 27 September. Read more about the many benefits this complementary therapy has to offer…

World Reflexology Week 2015

Reflexology is based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops, and sides of the feet correspond to different areas of the body. In this way, the feet can be seen as a ‘map’ of the body. By applying specialised massage techniques to specific reflex points – using the thumbs, fingers and knuckles – the aim of a reflexology treatment is to help restore balance to the body naturally, and improve the client’s general well-being.

Some therapists may also work reflex points on the hands, ears and face, however it is the feet that are most commonly treated in reflexology.

What to expect

Your therapist will start with a full consultation, asking various questions about your health and lifestyle, to ensure reflexology is right for you.

For the treatment itself you will remain fully clothed, simply removing your shoes and socks. You’ll be invited to relax on a reclining chair or treatment couch, or to put your feet up on a footstool. The therapist will gently cleanse your feet before applying a fine powder, cream of oil, to help provide a free-flowing treatment, and then start gently massaging and stretching your feet and ankles.

As the treatment progresses, a variety of different reflexology techniques will be used to ‘work’ the reflex points on each foot, including a caterpillar-like movement called ‘thumb walking’. The areas treated and pressure applied will be adapted to suit your individual needs.

Treatment generally lasts for 45 minutes to an hour, though shorter reflexology sessions may be more appropriate in some instances.

Benefits of reflexology

Reflexology can help to relieve anxiety and tension, encourage relaxation, improve mood and aid sleep, though some people use it to help them cope with more specific health challenges. Reflexology is often used alongside conventional care in hospices, hospitals and other healthcare settings, to help support patients with a variety of conditions.

Find a therapist at www.fht.org.uk/findatherapist

World Reflexology Week 2015

World Reflexology Week 2015, which runs from 21 – 27 September, is a wonderful opportunity to show potential clients and employers the many benefits this complementary therapy has to offer.

World Reflexology Week 2015

To help spread the word, you can:

  • Download FHT’s free promotional leaflet/poster, to print and distribute in your local area and a cover/banner image for use on your social media profiles*
  • Contact your regular clients and local businesses, offering a discount of your choice on all reflexology treatments booked, or being carried out, during World Reflexology Week
  • Contact your local newspaper or radio station, or send them a press release, telling them what you are doing for World Reflexology Week
  • Get together with other FHT members from your Local Support Group to organise an event where taster treatments are available. You might want to consider donating all or a portion of the proceeds raised to a local charity or other worthy cause – it is likely whoever you are supporting will help to promote the event in return, which means more feet to treat!

Log in to the Members Area to download your World Reflexology Week resources at www.fht.org.uk/membersarea

Please be sure to send in a post-event write-up and pictures of your event to the FHT, so that we can give you a mention in International Therapist and on our website! Please email dralls@fht.org.uk, writing World Reflexology Week in the subject box. Please ensure that the pictures you take are high-resolution, in case we would like to include these in the journal.

Happy World Reflexology Week!

*Members must hold a Level 3 qualification in reflexology to download theFHT's World Reflexology Week promotional posters, banners and other support material

Happy World Reflexology Week!

World Reflexology Week is a wonderful opportunity to show potential clients and employers the many benefits this complementary therapy has to offer. 

It’s not too late to get involved. FHT has produced resources, including: promotional leaflets/posters. Find out more and download your resources at www.fht.org.uk/worldreflexologyweek

Please be sure to send in a post-event write-up and pictures of your event to the FHT, so that we can give you a mention in International Therapist and on our website! Please send to kyoung@fht.org.uk, writing World Reflexology Week in the subject box. Please ensure that the pictures you take are high-resolution, in case we would like to include these in the journal.

Image: FHT

World Reflexology Week 2014, which runs from 22 – 28th September, is a wonderful opportunity to show potential clients and employers the many benefits this complementary therapy has to offer. 

FHT has produced resources, including: promotional leaflets/posters, a social media cover/banner image and a template press release.

Find out more and download your resources at www.fht.org.uk/worldreflexologyweek

Image: FHT

Reflexologists worldwide will be participating in World Reflexology Week this September, raising awareness and promoting the health benefits of reflexology. 

In preparation for this year’s World Reflexology Week, we have put together some useful materials for our reflexology members, to help spread the word.

For useful tips on making the most of World Reflexology Week and to download materials, click here

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