River Reflexology Clinic

Welcome to River Reflexology Clinic

Located in Athgarvan, Co. Kildare 

  Free parking is available for your convenience

We specialise in Traditional Foot and Hand Reflexology for adults & children


Reflexology as a complementary therapy has been known to us for thousands of years. It dates back to the ancient cultures of China, Egypt and Japan. Depictions on the walls of the ancient tomb of Egyptian Physician Ankmahor at Saqquara near Cairo show foot treatments being given and received.

The pioneer of modern reflexology was Dr. William Fitzgerald who in 1913 discovered a link within zones of the body that created a therapeutic response. He developed Zone Therapy. In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist further developed the theory by mapping each organ and gland to the corresponding reflex foot points. This has been the basis for modern reflexology today. Eunice was a pioneer of reflexology and travelled the world demonstrating her technique. Eunice died in 1974 having devoted 40 years of her life to reflexology.

Reflexology is based on the principle that there are reflex points on the feet, hands and ears that mirror corresponding organs and glands within the body. These reflex points are stimulated through specific thumb, finger and hand techniques. This leads to better functioning body systems and a healthier more balanced physical and emotional state.

 As Reflexology is a holistic therapy a reflexologist looks at the person as a whole and not just the presenting symptom or issue. The aim is to restore balance to the whole body and not just one part. Imbalance in the body and blocked energy pathways causing congestion can manifest from many areas such as illness, trauma, disease, and emotional stresses. The treatment is tailored to each individual depending on the symptoms presented.

As Reflexology is a non-invasive holistic therapy it is suitable for all ages. It is very helpful to couples going through fertility treatment, during pregnancy, labour and through to post- natal care.

What to expect on your first visit

In order to get to the route of the presenting problem a comprehensive medical history is compiled to achieve the best outcome. This includes lifestyle and general health questions and  takes approximately 30 minutes. Once there are no contra-indications to treat you will be asked to remove foot-ware and socks. Once you are made comfortable on the Reflexology chair or couch the treatment can begin. Generally this is a very comfortable and relaxing experience for people. It is however normal to feel some tenderness in areas where there may be some congestion in the body.

There are a staggering 7,200 nerve endings in the feet relating to the rest of the body. The nerves carry electrical messages through the body and this is how reflexology works. Neural pathways are stimulated or sedated through reflexology depending on what the body needs to achieve balance.

With a chronic illness it may be necessary to have 4 to 6 treatments to start seeing an improvement. After this time only maintenance is required. The treatment plan will vary from person to person. The results are cumulative and so it is worth sticking with the treatment plan.

Reflexology will not only relax the person receiving the treatment, it will improve circulation there-by allowing the body to begin healing at its own pace from the very first treatment.

After approximately 1 hour the treatment will finish. It is normal to feel many different emotions and sensations post treatment. They are temporary and should pass within 48 hours. This is a sign that the body is trying to re-balance. You will be given information before you leave on possible reactions and also on what the reflexologist has picked up during the treatment. It is recommended to drink plenty of water and eat healthily as your body will try to remove toxins for a few days post treatment.

Potential Benefits of Reflexology

  • Relaxation of the body and mind
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved digestive, liver and kidney function
  • Relief of migraine and its symptoms
  • Relief of sinusitis and its symptoms
  • Reduced pain in muscles and joints
  • Rejuvenation of tired feet and legs
  • Improved circulation
  • An assist to mental health care for depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders
  • An assist to cancer care for relief of vomiting, pain, nausea, anxiety and fear
  • An assist to pregnancy, birthing, post-partum recovery
  • An assist in reducing the symptoms of lymphedema as well as overall purification of the lymphatic system
  • Reflexology provides general detoxification bringing increased awareness accompanied by mental and cellular relaxation. It is a supported treatment in maternity and oncology units due to its overall benefit to the patient