Reflexology is available with Sarah Butler Therapies of Bideford

Healing the body through working the hands and feet is an ancient art that dates back to a variety of cultures. 

The earliest evidence of hand and foot massage was discovered in Egypt in 2330BC.

The ancient Chinese developed traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and the theory  that one’s “vital energy” runs through 14 major meridians, or channels, in the body.

Meridians either begin or end in the tips of the toes, and massage stimulates the flow of energy and clears congestion in the meridians, thus encouraging harmony in the body.

Foot reflexology chart showing the reflex points of different organs/areas of the body

Evidence of working the hands and feet to improve health is also found in traditional Ayurvedic medicine  (the oldest system of healing approx. 5000 years).

 Ayurvedic means “the science of life” and it encompasses not only physical health, but also spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

Reflexology is based on the theory that the body can be divided into zones and that imbalances in one part of the zone can be addressed through working another part.

Eunice Ingham (1889 – 1974) developed reflexology as we know it today, dedicating her life to researching reflexology and bringing it to the general public

reflexology by sarah butler therapies calms a person, putting them into a relaxed state

When the body is put into a stressful situation it goes into “fight or flight” mode.  This means that the sympathetic nervous system responds to the situation.

When the body is relaxed the parasympathetic nervous system counteracts the effects of the sympathetic nervous system and helps the body relax itself and restore its energy.

Reflexology calms a person, putting them into a relaxed state in which the parasympathetic nervous system can take over.

During stress the endocrine system releases adrenaline and nonadrenaline which help the body to prepare to fight or flee from a situation.


Reflexology has the following affects:-

It is deeply relaxing and reduces the body’s need for excess or unnecessary sympathetic and adrenal responses.  It also puts the body into a relaxed state so that the parasympathetic nervous system can function effectively.

It is a holistic therapy working the body, mind and soul of a person.

It improves both cardiovascular and lymphatic circulation.

Reflexology:  60mins / £39

Reflexology + Express Facial:  1hr 30mins / £50

Reflexology + Luxury Facial:  2hrs / £62

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I’m on both The Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register and the FHT Directory. Follow the link and put in my name – Sarah Butler.

The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) is the UK and Ireland’s largest professional association for complementary, holistic beauty and sports therapists. Founded in 1962, the FHT has been promoting the highest standards in education and therapy practice for more than 50 years.

Its Complementary Healthcare Register has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.