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



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!