Dr Emily Hughes Reflexology nr Oxford and Abingdon

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Who I am and where to find me

Dr Emily Hughes MSc DPhil (Oxon) MAR

I am a fully qualified and insured member of the Association of Reflexologists and run a practice just outside of Oxford in Wootton and Dry Sandford. I specialise in treating women and children. I'm on the no. 4 bus route between Oxford and Abingdon, easily accessible from Boars Hill and Botley, and there is plenty of free parking.

I'm not a medical doctor, so I can't diagnose or offer medical advice. I have a background in stress research and work alongside traditional medicine to support your well-being. I work gently over the reflex points, which makes the treatment very relaxing.

Benefits of reflexology

Reflexology is a complementary therapy that can help to improve your feelings of well-being; it aims to create a sense of deep relaxation, helping to relieve symptoms of stress, which can help you sleep better and therefore feel better. A course of treatments with a qualified reflexologist may help to:

- aid sleep
- release tension
- improve mood
- increase relaxation
- enhance well-being

Overall, I will work with you to create a bespoke treatment plan, treating you holistically, rather than as a collection of symptoms. A reflexologist treats the whole body by working on reflex points on the feet, face, or hands, inducing a state of deep relaxation to aid well-being.

There has been a lot of research into reflexology. For example, some studies with menopausal women have shown that a course of reflexology helped to relieve some of the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flushes, sleep disorder, sweats, and night sweats.* Two recent studies have shown that reflexology was effective at reducing anxiety; these studies were done on women in labour and on patients undergoing cardiovascular interventional procedures.* *

Zone Face Lift and Facial Reflexology

Bringing Zone Face Lift™ to Oxford and Abingdon: As well as being a traditional foot and hand reflexologist, I've trained with London's Ziggie Bergman in facial reflexology, which is wonderfully relaxing, and the 'Bergman Method' Zone Face Lift - a full facial reflexology treatment with additional beautifying effects. See my Zone Face Lift page for more information about the benefits of Zone Face Lift.

"I have had wonderful foot and face reflexology treatments with Emily. Her sessions are incredibly relaxing and helpful on both a physical and emotional level. Emily is a beautiful person and incredibly considerate, sensitive and knowledgeable. I would recommend her services to anyone. " Mary, Oxford.

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What is reflexology?

This short clip, from the Association of Reflexologists, tells you a little more about reflexology. The interactive foot and hand maps, mentioned in the clip, are available at the end of my 'About Reflexology' web page.


*Menopause studies
Gozuyesil, E., Baser, M. (2016). The effect of foot reflexology applied to women aged between 40 and 60 on vasomotor complaints and quality of life. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Volume 24, August 2016, Pages 78-85.
Asltoghiria, M., & Ghodsib, Z. (2012). The effects of Reflexology on sleep disorder in menopausal women. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 31, 242 – 246.

**Anxiety studies
Yılar Erkek, Z. & Aktas, S. (2018). The Effect of Foot Reflexology on the Anxiety Levels of Women in Labor. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Vol. 24, No. 4.
Chandrababu R, Rathinasamy, E.L, Suresh, & C, Ramesh, J. (2018). Effectiveness of reflexology on anxiety of patients undergoing cardiovascular interventional procedures: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 14 August 2018.

Self-help guides

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