Martinvale Clinic now offers Reflexology.

What is Reflexology?

There is evidence in the ancient world of reflexology being practiced in one form or the other dating back to Egypt in 2500 BC. Using reflex points on both feet or the hands that map the whole body, the reflexologist uses thumb and fingers to apply gentle but firm pressure to the corresponding areas. This may help the body to heal itself by removing toxins and congestions and encourage the body’s own innate healing ability. It is a safe and gentle therapy that can be used by everyone, including babies, children the elderly and pregnant women. Many doctors, consultants and other NHS healthcare professionals recognize reflexology. Reflexology is well known for the feeling of deep relaxation, following a treatment and it may be used for this alone, you do not need to be unwell to have a session.

What are the benefits?

Reflexology encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance and is a popular alternative therapy that is considered to have a range of uses. Some of the most common uses of reflexology include:

  • Stress and tension - stress is an underlying factor in most health problems.
  • Improving circulation - improve blood flow and stimulate nerve endings.
  • Relaxation - the therapy encourages the mind and body to enter a place of deep relaxation. 
  • Overall well-being - many people use the therapy on a regular basis to support their overall health.
  • Pregnancy- many midwives are now trained in reflexology.
  • Fertility issues- this is a popular therapy for both men and women.
  • Relief from ailments- including headaches, muscular & joint pain, breathing disorders, poor sleep.
  • Digestive disorders.
  • Soothing tired feet - can help to ease pain and tension in the feet.

As a reflexologist I do not diagnose, prescribe medication or treat specific medical conditions. I treat the whole body. Reflexology is complementary to medical care and should therefore be used in tandem with it, not as a replacement.

What happens in a session?

Treatments last approximately 60 minutes but for your first session please allow 90 minutes to include a full consultation so I can tailor the sessions to your needs. I will begin with a relaxing massage to prepare the feet for the reflex session. Using thumb and fingers to apply pressure to the reflex points on the feet that map corresponding parts of the body. Reflexology should not be an unpleasant or painful experience, however there may be areas of slight discomfort but this is fleeting and can be a sign of congestion or imbalance in that area of the body.

How many sessions will I need?

Some people feel a change and sense of relaxation and well being after just one or two sessions, but we all respond differently and certain conditions may take longer and I would recommend a course of treatments. Treatment packages are available.

After care

To assist the healing process and hydration, please drink more water in the 24 hours after your treatment - at least 2 extra glasses. Occasionally the body has a temporary reaction as it naturally rids itself of toxins - this will not last long and drinking water can minimise this occurring.

Initial Consultation and treatment (90 mins) £35.00

Follow up treatments (60 mins) £30.00



Michael is a fully qualified Reflexologist and a registered member of the Guild of Holistic Therapists (MGHT). After many years of working in the hotel and catering industry as a chef he decided to look into other ways to manage his stress and the health issues that resulted and was advised to try reflexology as a way of helping him. Which led Michael to take a great interest in the holistic approach. So much so that he decided to study reflexology and look for alternative ways to benefit his health, eventually leading him to study for a Diploma in Reflexology and Anatomy and Physiology.

Since passing his diploma in reflexology Michael has studied many different approaches and forms of reflexology.


Michael O'Neill



  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Diploma in Reflexology


  • Full member of the Guild of Holistic therapist and fully insured.

To satisfy the code of ethics and standards of the above association Michael is committed to continuing professional development.