Reflexology has been used for centuries and is thought to be one of the most popular types of complementary therapy in the UK among people with cancer.
It is used to aid relaxation and reduce anxiety, pain, nausea, constipation and insomnia and involves applying pressure and massage to certain areas of the feet or hands – although feet are the most common areas practised on.
It works on the theory that we all have reflex areas in our feet that relate to different parts of the body. One example is the theory that the left big toe represents the left side of the head, and a point around the ball of the right foot represents the right lung, although there are variations used by different therapists.
What happens during a reflexology session?
The therapist will give you a brief explanation of reflexology and the theory behind how it works.
You will lay on a treatment couch or sit in a reclining chair while the therapist uses massage techniques and gentle pressure on your feet or hands.
To find out more take a look at our leaflet on reflexology. Leaflets can be translated into different languages or provided in an audio format within 48 hours.