Durham Holistic Counselling and complementary Therapies

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About Reflexology


Reflexology is a deeply relaxing, non-invasive, touch based complementary therapy  primarily involving the feet. Reflexology is capable of ticking many helpful boxes when used to support good  health and well-being. From normalising vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure  etc) to increasing local perfusion (blood flow) to specific  organs in the body, reflexology is a very special therapy indeed!

Is There Really a Map of the Body in the Feet?

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Yes! fMRI (brain) and Colour Dopplar studies have confirmed that specific areas of the feet correspond with specific organs of the body (Nakamaru, 2008; Miura, et al., 2014, Sudmeier et al., 1999, Mur et al., 2001).


Nobody really  understands why these  body associations are  present in the feet - but  they are there!

Are positive outcomes in reflexology simply a placebo effect?

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No, absolutely not! A 2014 study (Akin Korhan et al. 2014) demonstrated that reflexology lowered the vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate) of unconscious, ventilated patients - therefore proving the impact of reflexology to be much more complex than a simple placebo effect. 

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Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture

​Auricular acupuncture is a specialist complementary therapy involving  the insertion of small, sterile, disposable needles into the ear, or sometimes the application of electro-acupuncture.


There are over 70 different acupuncture points on the ear, each relating to a specific body organ or system. Used extensively in drug and alcohol services, and helpful with all forms of detox, auricular acupuncture is a  relatively painless, wonderfully effective therapy.


Works well alongside reflexology.​

Reflexology Session Costs

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Single  Session


60  minutes  £35.00

Auricular Acupuncture Costs

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Stop Smoking Six Session Package  

£200.00 (includes press pins).

Weight Loss Six Session Package

£200.00 (includes press pins).