How Reflexology helps IBS, Hormones & Headaches

Reflexology is so much more than a relaxing foot massage. Reflexology is based on the principal that certain reflex points on the feet correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them creates real benefits for the person’s health. It is a unique treatment that benefits those suffering from a broad spectrum of health conditions and disorders.

What common conditions can reflexology treat?


1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

20% of people in Ireland suffer from this embarrassing health condition but there is little doctors can do to help other than a prescription of tablets which can even perpetuate symptoms. The effects of IBS can range from mildly unpleasant to massively debilitating. Luckily, Reflexology can help.

Constipation can be improved by using a finger walking technique through the small and large intestines, clearing any blockages in the process and ‘waking up’ the body’s digestion. Gentle ‘holds’ press on the middle of the small intestine area can be highly effective to treat diarrhoea, where the food is being rushed through the body too quickly.

Other reflex points that can assist with IBS are the adrenal glands and solar plexus, both of which are involved in the stress response which is highly linked to digestive disorders.

2. Headaches and Migraines

Reflexologists use a map to locate pressure points on the feet to alleviate headaches and migraines. They utilise techniques to relieve tension from headaches which can massively be impacted by a variety of factors including stress. That is why a Reflexologist will fill out a detailed consultation form to ensure your particular reason for a headaches or migraine can be treated effectively, however it’s always advisable to get recurring headaches checked by a medical professional first.

3. Infertility & Hormone Control

Ovulation and menstruation are just some of the health concerns that reflexology can regulate and improve. It has also been shown to have a positive effect on PCOS, PMS, blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, endometriosis and other reproductive problems including an increased chance of conception. Because each case is so individual, there are a myriad of techniques that could potentially help. A reflexologist may work through the reflexology points of the ovaries, lymphatic system, uterus, circulatory system and even the kidneys to increase libido.

These are just 3 issues that Reflexology has been proven to treat. Reflexology is available at The elbowroom by our therapist Lesley Nolan. Each person is given an overall view of their health and therefore the suggested treatment is tailored to relate to each individual.

If you would like to book an appointment with Lesley, or have any questions as to how Reflexology may be able to help you, please email

Did you know? Most insurances allow you to claim money back from your Reflexology appointment. Enquire with your insurance provider before booking in for a session with Lesley, our Reflexologist at The elbowroom.

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