What could be better than a deep, slumbersome and peaceful night’s sleep?

Unfortunately however, for many of us this escapes us and sleeplessness may become an occurring condition with many negative side effects over spilling into the following day and preventing us to perform every day, necessary activities to the best of our ability. The definition of insomnia is the “inability to gain adequate sleep”. Lack of sleep effects our brains ability to function and make decisions as cognitive function is affected. This makes concentration more difficult and attention span is shortened. Even if we don’t suffer from insomnia many of us have a difficult and unproductive sleep cycle by sleeping lightly and restlessly throughout the night.
Sleep is thought to be the most remedial thing for our wellbeing, helping both body and mind to restore and purge themselves ready for the day ahead. Once in bed, your subconscious mind carries out an analysis and learning of the events of the day, and your over-conscious or “higher self” may bring you clarity, insight and ideas on ways to enhance your life, all of which happens through the process of dreams.
Therefore it is often due to this process of analysis our ability to sleep well is effected as our subconscious mind starts to relay what has happened throughout the day. Alcohol, caffeine, stress, poor nutrition and tobacco may also of course play a part in preventing us to fall quickly into sleep and are therefore best avoided in the run up to sleep if you believe they could be triggers of hindering sleep and wellbeing.

reflexology cure insomnia and bad sleep . Fiona cowie reflexology edinburgh

reflexology and Sleep

Through incorporating reflexology treatments within your self-care plan may help to counteract insomnia and its negative side effects. Reflexology may help the body relax and respond by releasing chemicals to slow down muscles and organs and increase blood flow to the brain which may lower the production of hormones such as adrenaline and thus calm and prepare the body ready for rest.
By stimulating the reflexes on the feet, reflexology may have a subtle and lasting impact on your entire wellbeing. A reflexology session may help you regain a good sleep pattern naturally and smoothly. There are nearly 15,000 nerve combinations on your feet and this may explain the beneficial virtues of reflexology to soothe you, calm you down and return the body to a place of homeostasis and calm.

sleep like a baby with reflexology

sleep like a baby with reflexology

Typical reflexes to help promote sleep and may counteract insomnia are:

Head/brain – to promote clarity and positive thinking
Solar plexus – when calmed may promote an extremely deep sense of relaxation
Chest/diaphragm – calms breathing
Pineal – believed key in achieving a healthy sleeping pattern
Thyroid – balances metabolism
Neck/shoulders – release any tension
Pituitary – stimulates the secretion of hormones from all other glands

sleep and reflexology in Edinburgh with Fiona Cowie

sleep and reflexology

Therefore a reflexology treatment may help gain mental and physical clarity while clearing away the stresses and events of the day. As reflex manipulation techniques are used, reflexology provides an extremely pleasant and natural method to achieve balance and relaxation prior to sleep as the body gradually responds and falls into a deep, slumbersome sleep…. Lush… Sweet Dreams!

“I have to let you know I had a wonderful sleep both Friday and Saturday after you worked on my feet. In fact I felt better within myself, this was the first for a long time.”

S. Taylor (Finance Officer, Historic Environment Scotland)

Fiona Cowie – Clinical Reflexologist – Edinburgh – fionacowiereflexology@gmail.com 

Reflexology,and how does it work?

Far from traditional western medicine and its allopathic treatments, reflexology is based on the energy of the body and the body’s believed ability to self heal. The basis of traditional Chinese medicine is qi (or chi), this is the natural form of energy that inhabits our body, when it flows easily, it is thought to participate in the maintenance of health. Therefore when disorders such as inflammation or tension hinder its free circulation around the body, this is what is then believed to cause dis-ease.
In our Western culture our feet are often neglected and are rarely acknowledged they may play the key role to safeguard our health.
Within reflexology, our feet are a miniaturized representation of the human body, each nerve ending, also called a reflex zone, corresponds to an organ or part of the body.

here's an ancient foot map from India

Ancient Reflexology Foot Map

When an organ, muscle or body part functions incorrectly, energy is impeded, and this blockage is reflected on a specific point of the sole of the foot. The objective of reflexology is to detect, (via specific techniques and massage to the feet), the body’s tensions, release them and restore a healthy flow of energy circulation throughout the body. Within every session, each treatment becomes tailor-made to the client, as a holistic approach is used to restore homeostasis throughout the body as energy flow is restored.
The intention of reflexology is to treat the cause, and not only the symptom of the dis-ease alone. Therefore all treatments are customised, depending on what reflexes are prominent (“come up”) on the feet. Reflexology takes into account the feet in entirety and does not focus solely on the organs/parts that appear unbalanced though rather the entire surface and surrounding area of the feet. Reflexology sequences follow a complete “circuit”, that incorporates all major zones, organs, parts with aim, to restore the body completely as a whole organism. Throughout the sessions, toxins and impurities may be eliminated due to the renewed energy within the blood, lymphatic and energy system. Feelings of well-being and vitality may be achieved very quickly as may any pain gradually disperse.

Reflexology origins comes from Asia ( China, India, Thailand ... )

Origins of Reflexology

There are many common conditions and ailments that may benefit from a reflexology treatment and reduce symptoms and discomfort. Such as:

  • Toxin cleansing
  • Pain relief
  • Improved circulation
  • Enhanced sleep patterns
  • Reduction in tension headaches
  • Improved digestive disorders
  • Reduction in PMS symptoms
  • Reduction in high stress levels

Therefore, reflexology may restore the body back to homeostasis in a natural way. It is a wonderful, rejuvenating and restorative therapy with aim to increase energy, vitality and an overall sense of well being.
“Bring the feet to life and the body will heal” (Anon)

The Benefits of reflexology in pregnancy

With pregnancy comes major changes within the female body. Whether it be physically, physiologically or psychologically in early pregnancy women may experience anxieties and negative thoughts due to the often discomfort experienced in early pregnancy.  These discomforts include symptoms of nausea, fatigue, feelings of vulnerability and anxiety, bloating or stomach cramps as the body prepares to carry the baby.

reflexology and pregnancy

Throughout pregnancy women may experience other discomforts such as sleep disturbance, imbalances within circulation, digestion or urinary disorders and nervous or musculoskeletal tensions. Aches and pains are common as are muscle cramps in the feet, thighs or legs which is thought caused by the expansion of the uterus putting pressure on the nerves and blood vessels in the legs thus causing cramps and occasional pain. Constipation may occur in pregnancy caused by increased production of the hormone progesterone which relaxes the muscles of the intestinal wall and stomach resulting in digestion slowing down and blood volume increasing. Therefore if not enough fluids are consumed to keep up with this process, dehydration occurs – resulting in constipation. Backache is common due to posture and torso being out of alignment in later pregnancy as the baby grows (and becomes heavier) thus putting a strain on the back as the centre of gravity shifts. With any of these discomforting conditions sleep may be strongly effected and insomnia may frequently occur.

reflexology for pregnant woman in edinburgh

reflexology and Pregnancy

After the first trimester, reflexology may be a very effective and beneficial treatment to have throughout pregnancy. With aim to maintain a sense of wellbeing and focus on relaxation, regular reflexology treatments may be incorporated within a healthy pregnancy plan. Treatment is light and gentle with aim to boost energy levels and overcome tiredness. Although each treatment is entirely bespoke to the mothers needs the following are typical reflexes that when “worked” may help during pregnancy.

  • Pancreas – normalise blood sugar levels
  • Thyroid – maintain energy levels and balance metabolism
  • Lymphatic’s –  clear any congestion
  • Heart – improve circulation
  • Sciatic – relax the pelvic muscles ready for birth
  • Liver – drain any toxins present in the body
  • Spinal – help induce relaxation
  • Ovaries –  relax and balance hormones
reflexology and pregnancy in edinburgh

reflexology and pregnancy

Therefore reflexology treatments may be an effective, safe and enjoyable treatment to have throughout pregnancy to induce a deep sense of relaxation which is paramount in assisting a straightforward labour and birth.  In addition a reflexology treatment during pregnancy may:

  • Significantly reduce stress (the cause of many physical and psychic dysfunctions.
  • Regulate the nervous and hormonal system by relaxing the axis of stress.
  • Detect, locate and remove deposits formed by crystals of uric acid and toxins.
  • Activate blood and lymphatic circulation.
  • Prevent, relieve or possibly eliminate presenting disorders as the body is encouraged to return to homeostasis.


Fiona Cowie – Reflexologist – Edinburgh



Foot reflexology to fight stress!

Stress at work is widespread in our modern society and is thought to be the source of many of our current health problems.
With ever increasing levels of stress in our everyday lives, it is important for us to take responsibility for our own health and wellbeing needs.
Reflexology could be one of those ways to help mitigate the stresses of modern day life.
Having appeared centuries ago in ancient China, reflexology is the theory that each point on the foot (reflex) is connected to an associated organ, muscle or part of the body. Therefore by stimulating the foot reflexes reflexologists may intervene directly to a problematic area within the body and regain rebalance by using specific stimulating or sedating techniques.

fiona cowie reflexologist in edinburgh

Foot reflexology

If you suffer from stress and the associated effects that come with this then reflexology may help calm tension and provide a sense of real wellbeing! Blood circulation may improve and toxins eliminated. A reflexology treatment can also effect the psyche and therefore has the possibility to intervene directly with both physical and emotional blockages.

Foot reflexology in Edinburgh by a professional clinical refelexologist : Fiona Cowie

Foot Reflexology

In present day, many of us suffer from muscle pain, insomnia and hormonal disorders. Studies have recently shown that these imbalances are often caused as a direct result of stress.If stress is a recurring reaction in our daily lives it becomes chronic stress as the hormones become unbalanced, blood pressure increases resulting in the heart pumping faster and heightening the risk of cardiovascular disease occuring.
Reflexology may also calm anxieties, dispel any fears and promote clarity and a more healthy state of mind.
As stress and anxiety weaken the body, fatigue becomes more and more present and the risk of depression can arise. By incorporating reflexology into a regular self care plan, energy may increase, sleep may improve and a more relaxed and focused feeling of wellbeing for a busy day ahead can be achieved.


Fiona Cowie – Clinical reflexologist in Edinburgh

My name is Fiona and I’m a fully qualified clinical reflexologist within Edinburgh City Centre.


My name is Fiona and I’m a fully qualified clinical reflexologist within Edinburgh City Centre. I am passionate about the use of reflexology particularly within the area of stress management and the associated emotional imbalances often resulting from high stress levels such as fear and anxiety.

I work from Santosa to provide treatments to those contacting me individually though treat the majority of my clients within the corporate companies I provide to which are Historic Environment Scotland, The National Museum Scotland and Edinburgh Castle.

I have an intuitive reflexology style, which aims to significantly reduce stress levels, regain focus and achieve a much greater sense of wellbeing for clients. I hold a diploma in nutrition also and incorporate lifestyle and nutrition factors where appropriate to create a completely bespoke treatment to each and every client. I have a holistic approach to health and healing and understand that to create balance within the body is key for optimal health and performance. I am fully insured and have full membership with AOR (Association of Reflexologists) and fully insured.

To experience this wonderful therapy and indulge in the pleasure and heightened state of relaxation that reflexology brings please contact me directly 07854786513.

Staff from the organisations I provide to please check your intranets for further information.


I look forward to meeting you!