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What is Reflexology?

For the purposes of the Reflexology Forum, the term "REFLEXOLOGY" shall be taken to mean that Reflexology is an art and science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body.

Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas in order to support nature in maintaining homeostasis, as far as may be achieved for each individual. It does this by stimulating the reflex areas which may help to relieve stress and tension, improve the blood supply to all areas of the body and promote the correct functioning of nerve impulses.

Note that in Reflexology the word 'stimulate' refers to an action that may produce a response, this response could be sedation, stimulation or no response at all.

Reflexology aims to treat the imbalances of each individual and to alleviate and improve symptoms. It does not however diagnose a specific medical problem.

In July 1999 Reflexology Organisations across the UK came together under the independent chairmanship of Simon Mills from Exeter University's Department for Complementary Health Studies. This paved the way for a regular series of meetings and the Reflexology Forum, the recognised developing regulatory body for reflexology, was formally constituted on 20th September 2002. 

Voluntary Regulation of Reflexologists

In 2006, the reflexology profession in the UK agreed that a federal structure of regulation was the best way forward for both safeguarding public interest AND for therapists who may practice more than one therapy. We have therefore been involved in discussions to achieve this goal.

Whenever you see an Reflexologist you need to feel confident that the person treating you meets professional standards. You also need to know that someone will take action if things go wrong. That is where regulation is important.

Two federal regulatory bodies have been established. The first opened in October 2007 is called the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapists (GRCCT) and its website is The second body opened in January 2009 and is called the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and its website is We believe it is important to have a register of Complementary Therapists that includes Reflexologists who meet the agreed national standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. We expect reflexologists to have your health and wellbeing at heart of all they do for you.

Regulation and registration of Complementary Therapists in the UK is voluntary self-regulation. This means that a reflexologist can still practice and not have to be Registered with one of the federal bodies as it is their personal choice.

What to expect from your Reflexologist.

What your Reflexologist will expect from you.


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