Reflexology History

The art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, and was introduced to the West by Dr William Fitzgerald who developed ‘Zone therapy’.  In the 1930’s, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone therapy into what is known as reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.

Reflexology – who can benefit?

Since reflexology treats the whole person, not just the symptoms of disease, most people benefit from treatment. Reflexology is suitable for the very young and the very old and everyone in between.

Preventive therapy

The human body gives various warning signals of discomfort – Reflexology assists in the correct maintenance of all bodily functions.

Nervous system

Sends messages to all organs: Central, Peripheral and Autonomic; both sympathetic and parasympathetic. Reflexology calms and maintains balance


Circulation is life – stagnation is death.

The blood supply needs oxygen and carries this to all the organs and with the help of the lymphatic system assists with the removal of waste and toxins. Reflexology aids elimination.

Endocrine System

The chemical system secretes hormones into bloodstream. If one gland does not work the whole body can be out of balance. Thoughts and emotions are affected by glands and personality is defined by gland function. By stimulating electrical energy, Reflexology has a subsidiary effect on chemical energy.

Pain control

Reflexology can stimulate the pituitary gland helping the body to produce endorphins to reduce pain. Endorphins are 5 – 10 times more powerful than morphine.

Terminal diseases

Reflexology cannot cure – but helps in making the patient more comfortable, giving better control towards a measurable quality of life. Indeed reflexology can benefit almost everyone. An increasing number of people are using this safe, natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonising the body.

What Happens When You Go For Treatment?

On your first visit there is a preliminary talk with the practitioner. The Reflexologist then begins to work on your feet, or hands if necessary, noting problem areas. There may be discomfort in some places, but it is fleeting, and is an indication of congestion or imbalance in a corresponding part of the body. For the most part, the sensation is pleasant and soothing.

Usually a treatment session lasts between 30 minutes to one hour. A course of treatment varies in length depending on your body’s needs. Your Reflexologist will discuss this with you at the first session.

After the first treatment or two your body may respond in a very definite way: you may have a feeling of well-being and relaxation; or you may feel lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is transitory. It is, however, vital information for Reflexologists, as it shows how your body is responding to treatment.

Most conditions, acute or chronic, can be treated or alleviated by Reflexology techniques, particularly those brought on by a stressful lifestyle, including:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Sports injuries

Nerve Disorders

  • Alzheimers
  • Anxiety, stroke, coma, depression, epilepsy, migraine or headaches, hyperactivity, insomnia

Circulatory Disorders:

  • Anaemia, Sickle Cell, Angina, Carpel-Tunnel Syndrome, Common Cold, Heart problems, Hypertension, Palpitations

Lymphatic and Immune disorders:

  • Childhood infectious diseases
  • Glandular Fever
  • Viral infections

Respiratory Disorders:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Hyperventilation
  • Lung problems

Digestive disorders:

  • Mouth problems,
  • Cramps or colic, nausea, ulcers, flatulence, heartburn, constipation,
  • Obesity
  • Crohn’s disease

Urinary disorders:

  • Kidney stones, nephritis, cystitis, incontinence

Reproductive disorders:

  • Help with infertility
  • Breast problems endemetriosis, fibroids
  • Impotence, genital conditions, PMT, prostate conditions
  • Pregnancy

Endocrine disorders:

  • All glandular imbalances

Skeletal or Muscular disorders:

  • All bone and joint conditions
  • Backache
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Rheumatism, arthritis
  • RSI conditions

Stress related conditions

  • Fear, anxiety (fear of fear),
  • Depression
  • teaching your body to relax helps the nervous system to function normally and frees the body to seek its own homeostasis.

Reflexology with Claire Castell

Initial consultation & treatment:
A thorough treatment for the whole body (on the feet).  Duration: approx. 60 minutes: 40 euro

Subsequent treatments:
A complete treatment for the whole body (on the feet).  Duration: approx. 50 minutes: 40 euro

Specific or mini treatments:
Useful if there is a need for particular attention on one area or problem.  Duration: approx. 50 minutes: 25 euro

To arrange an appointment with Claire, call her on: 320 0205496

About Claire Castell (MAR)

Claire Castell studied Reflexology at the Central London School of Reflexology, qualifying as a Reflexologist and becoming a Member of the Association of Reflexology in the UK in 2004.

As part of her continuing professional development, she completed a course in Cranio Sacral Reflexology under the French osteopath, Martine Faure-Alderson in 2007.

Claire is a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council in the UK.

In December 2010 Claire qualified as a Counsellor with the Scuola Psicoterapia Comparata in Viareggio, Italy. Claire is a member of AssoCounseling, which is referred to in Italy for the European Association for Counselling (EAC).

Claire has had a lifelong interest in complementary and alternative medicine and brings to her practice her accumulated experience and knowledge, having completed courses in the following:

  • Reflexology
  • Cranio Sacral Reflexology
  • Reiki healing
  • Nutrition
  • The Journey with Brandon Bays
  • Psychological Hypnotherapy
  • Head massage
  • Spiritual Healing
  • Counselling

A firm believer in the holistic approach she can use any or all of the above in order to help bring about healing on every level for her clients.