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Gillian Frost Reflexology Alford, Aberdeenshire

Frequently asked questions....

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary therapy which is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body.

Will I benefit from Reflexology?

The only real way to know if reflexology will help you is to try it!
It is not possible to know in advance how you will react to a treatment, however, after a treatment people often do feel very relaxed, may sleep better and notice a feeling of improved mood and general well being. You may find other things improve too but this happens on a very individual basis.

What happens when I go for Reflexology?

At most you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks for foot reflexology and jewellery for facial or hand reflexology. A full medical and lifestyle history will be taken to check for cautions and contra-indications and you will be asked to sign a consent form agreeing to reflexology. All information is kept confidentially and adheres to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which came in to effect in May 2018.
Thumbs and fingers are then used to apply firm pressure to the feet or hands with very gentle and slow movements used for facial reflexology. Some areas may feel tender when pressed, but this will pass. The general experience should be relaxing. Hot stones foot reflexology also involves hot stone massage on the lower leg so loose fitting trousers to the knee are best.

How will I feel afterwards?

After one or two treatments, most people feel an improved sense of wellbeing and experience a feeling of deep relaxation. Occasionally people report experiencing a mild headache, feeling tired or needing to go to the toilet more often following their treatment. These are normal reactions and should pass within 24-48 hours; reflexologists believe this is part of the healing process and happens to help the body bring about balance.

I am vegan/have allergies, what medium will you use?

A variety of mediums are available if you are vegan, have allergies or prefer not to use beeswax based products - vegan unscented reflexology balm from Flying Wild and Lush Dream Cream can be used on hands/feet; Neals Yard Rose Facial oil, Tropic skincare facial elixir, Zone Face Lift Facial Elixir for facial reflexology/Zone Face Lift or Neals Yard Organic Grapeseed oil which can be used on face, hands or feet. Please contact me if you require ingredient details for any of these products.

I have a medical condition, can I still have reflexology?

At a first appointment, a full medical and lifestyle consultation is completed to ensure there are no medical contra-indications to having reflexology. This usually takes around 15/20 minutes. At this point, your reflexologist will discuss any contra-indications or cautions with you. As we aim to lift the mind, body and spirit, lifestyle is as important to reflexologists as your medical history.

What is Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT)?

The Functional Reflex Therapy framework for Reflexology is designed for children and adults with autism, learning difficulties, special educational and additional needs and is proving an enjoyable beneficial experience for more vulnerable adults with dementia and alzheimers.

I am pregnant, will Reflexology 'bring on labour'? - No - It's a myth...

Maternity reflexology can be a great support throughout your pregnancy. Receiving reflexology during pregnancy will allow you time to find a comforting place where you can focus purely on yourself and your growing baby. As their due date approaches, many women think of having reflexology to 'bring on labour'. There is no evidence that reflexology can induce labour, this is a myth, the general view is that reflexology will help support the body to prepare for labour and promote relaxation for mum at a time when anxiety levels are often high.

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from women who feel they have benefitted from reflexology throughout their pregnancy and in fact, two fairly recent studies have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain in labour (1), reduced the length of first stage labour (1) and improved quality of sleep in post-natal some (2).

(1) VALIANI M ET Al (2010) Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour or primaparous women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 15 (Dec) p302-310
(2) LI C-Y ET AL (2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post part women. Midwifery.27.p181-186 - Research courtesy of the Association or Reflexologists.

Can my baby have reflexology?

Reflexology is a safe and non-invasive complementary therapy that can be a perfect way to ensure that a support mechanism is in place for those stressful times as babies begin to grow. Babies from 1 month+ can have reflexology. Some common conditions in baby's first year may be coughs & colds; sore throats; earache; teething and colic and as they grow other common conditions may be constipation; bed-wetting; stress and asthma.

Baby massage benefits both you and baby, promoting nurturing and bonding with your baby, helping you both relax and enjoy time together. Combined baby massage baby reflexology classes are available in Alford and surrounding areas. Weekly classes in Aberdeenshire or if you prefer, sessions can be held in the comfort of your own home.

Do you have a loyalty scheme?

Yes, every client receives a loyalty card at their first paid for appointment. At a 5th paid for appointment receive 50% off and a 10th appointment after that is FREE.


If a current client recommends me and you subsequently book and pay for an appointment - You will both receive £5 off. You at your first session and your friend at their next appointment after that. There is no limit on the amount of people you can recommend, however the same person cannot be recommended twice.


Although every reasonable care is taken to ensure that the information in this communication is accurate, we cannot guarantee that it is free from inaccuracies, errors or omissions. No information given should be taken as legal advice, nor should it take the place of medical care or advice given by primary healthcare providers. As such, we shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any information contained here.

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