Frequently Asked Questions

'The body contains the inherent ability and intelligence to heal itself provided it is given the opportunity to do so.'
Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine" 450-357 BC
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About Your Therapist

Caroline qualified with the Association of Reflexology in 2000, this qualification is recognised by the NHS and Private Health Care Companies. Caroline is also a qualified Angelic Reiki Master Practitioner, Registered Healer with the British Healers Association and Gaiadon Heart - levels 1A, 1B, 11 & 111.

She has gained experience from running a busy practice for over 11 years as well as having undertaken further professional training which has given Caroline a breadth of knowledge in treating a wide range of conditions.
Where did Reflexology come from?
The ancient healing art of Reflexology has been known to man for thousands of years. The therapy was first practiced by the early Indians, Chinese and Eyptians. The earliest pictorial evidence is found in a pyramid in Saggara, Eygypt dated 2,500 BC. Reflexology was the chosen source to evaluate the health of patients.

In 1913 Dr William Fitzgerald an American E.N.T. surgeon noted that when he applied pressure to specific parts of the feet, this had an anaethetising effect on related parts of the body.

Dr. Fitzgerald divided the body up into 10 zones. Zones ran through the whole body ending in fingers and toes. Thus areas within the same zone effect one another.

Dr. Riley also from the world of medicine was impressed with Dr. Fitzgeralds findings as was a physio in his practice Eunice Ingham (mother of reflexology). She concentrated her work much more on the feet, which enabled her to map accurate and precise mappings of reflexes on the feet.
What does holistic therapy mean?
Holistic comes from the Greek word meaning 'whole' - we treat the whole body, not the symptom.

Can you diagnose my problems through Reflexology?
No, as a reflexologist we do not diagnose symptoms.  if necessary I will  refer you to someone who can give a precise diagnosis such as your G.P. or someone else in the complementary field.

Is it safe to receive Reflexology or Healing during pregnancy?
The relaxing effect of the treatments can help relaxation, improve sleep, improve mood and it is good for the baby to! Reflexology has proved to help with conception and is used in some NHS hospitals to aid fertility treatments

Is there any scientific evidence that it works?
Research into complementary therapies has been slow but there are more studies ongoing now than ever before.

Reflexology has had a few studies/research carried out, but there have been some positive results.

NHS Evidence - A great website that is filled with 'free' clinical and non-clinical information, over 1'000 results for Reflexology, click here

Reflexology in Pregnancy - to read the report please click here

- Pregnant women were offered free Reflexology session while pregnant. Of those who received Reflexology the 20 - 25 year olds had an average time of first stage labour of 5 or 6 hours. The 26 - 30 year olds seemed to have the longest labours, whereas the 30 to 40 year olds, who included many first time mothers, had labour times of 2 to 3 hours.
Overall, the average first stage of labour was 5 hours, compared to the textbook average of 16 to 24 hours.

The second stage of labour lasted 16 minutes, compared to the textbook average of 1 to 2 hours, and the third stage of labour averaged 7 minutes.

Only 5.4% of the women who had reflexology treatment required emergency caesarian section compared to an average of 13% in Newham district where the study was conducted.

Dr. Gowri Motha and Dr. Jane McGrath, Forest Gate, London

- New Study - April 2013 at University of Portsmouth, shows that Reflexology could be as effective as painkillers.  Click here to read more

- A rush of blood to the Head - Research from Japan could offer proof of increased blood flow to the parts of the brain in response to reflexology.  The areas monitored were Eyes, Shoulders, Small Intestine. Please click here  to read more

- In the area of cancer care, Reflexology is considered a useful adjunct to medical treatment and is often found on offer in cancer care units.

- In Denmark it has been shown that babies are relieved of their colic symptoms by reflexology.

- A study has been carried out on Multiple Sclerosis patients and it showed that reflexology positively helped with the muscle spasms while not resulting in muscle weakness unlike the conventional drug treatment.

- A study was carried out as long ago as 1993 that showed a positive effect of Reflexology on PMS.

- A few years ago, researchers at Glostrop hospital, Copenhagen, demonstrated that reflexology can help relieve the acute pain suffered by patients with kidney stones.

- Researchers in Austria studied the effects of reflexology upon renal blood flow. 32 healthy young adults, participated in a placebo-controlled, double blind trial. The two groups showed significant differences; a highly significant decrease showed during and following reflexology. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that reflexology is effective in influencing renal blood flow and confirms the results of independent reflexology can significantly help kidney function.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed usually depends on how long the body has been out of balance, however, some people simply require a periodic treatment


Can you treat my child?
Yes, but the law does require that a parent/guardian be present for any child under the age of 16


Call 01889 508291 or click here to email me if you require any further information

Caroline Capjon : Reflexology, Angelic Reiki, Maternity Reflexology ~ Call 07960 202391