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Useful tips for reflexologist: Many reflexologists ask me why is it important to be aware of energy transfer between client and therapists

I reply that if we are unaware of energy transference we could become exhausted by the therapy. Effective productive and healthy therapists prepare correctly. This groundwork begins the moment we start to train as therapists, continues with every client we meet and finishes as soon as we end a treatment.

When we are training as therapists we need to be able to resolve any personal and emotive problems before embarking on a career as a therapist. As the good book says, ‘Physician heal thyself’ (Luke 4: 23) which suggests that if we have unresolved issues we will project these onto our clients. Secondly, make the therapeutic atmosphere as positive as possible. The use of blessed salt and water helps to rid any negativity that may be in the working environment. We must be mindful of our thoughts and actions, focusing only on Love and Divine inspiration in whomsoever we perceive our God to be and surrender to the natural ebb and flow of life, accepting all situations, life events and people without judgement. Finally, it is important to practice humility in all our affairs thereby denying any ego driven desires for recognition, cures and self-empowerment.

Before giving a treatment, we need to be ‘grounded’. Grounding oneself before a treatment, stills the active mind thereby allowing the therapist to be totally focused on the client and the sensations in the hands while providing a reflexology treatment.

The following exercises help with this.

  • Imagine that there are roots growing from your feet extending down into the deep rich brown earth, grounding and connecting you to all living things below.
  • Then, picture a beautiful golden rainbow shining on your head and flowing down through your body like river of energy and light, connecting and energising you from the heavens above.
  • Breathe in this this ray of light, slowly allowing it to permeate into every cell and tissue in your body.
  • Feel this energy healing, revitalizing and bathing clean, every negative thought and action.
  • Next, imagine that you are blowing a bubble of this energy right around your body so that you are encased in a bubble of light and carry it with you as you go about your day. This bubble will protect you and keep you safe throughout the day
  • If you feel yourself getting tired, just reconnect with your feet visualise the roots grounding you to the earth below and light of life energising you from above.

After giving a treatment time is needed for readjustment back to everyday activities following a reflexology session. Usually it helps if you let the client know that you are going to leave the room and ask them to remain seated until you return and put the reflexology couch into an upright position.Next, wash your hands and wrists under running cold water and if time and the work venues allows go outside into the fresh air and put your hands in the grass or around a tree.

When you go back into the treatment reassure your client that they can get in contact with you if they are worried about any aspect of their treatment plan. Do not engage in long conversations, rather encourage your client to have some quiet time alone before returning into the world of work

I hope this helps,

With very best wishes and gratitude,


Marie Therese 





Refresher Day on Emotional Reflexology in Galway Next Saturday 25th February.


For more information,


087 2350068



Do you have difficulty with these Hand Reflexology Charts?

Hand 2 - INSIDEYou do?           Me too.     I mean look at them.

I think you will agree with me when I say, they are really bad.  I can say that without the fear of any backlash. I can post this without a fear of being sued. You see these charts are mine. Well to be more exact they were mine. I never used them. In the past most courses I taught with The Galway Institute of Wellbeing  ( focused on  the treatment of different disorders in the mind and body through the utilization of different  foot reflexology techniques.

Hand 1 - OUTSIDE

That is the thing about Hand Reflexology. Ii can be viewed as the poor relation of Foot Reflexology, which is a terrible shame.

Now that I am older and wiser still I realise that Hand Reflexology is just as powerful and at times- in the cases  of visiting the sick and dying,  even more powerful  than foot reflexology. I would like to share what I have found with you. Thus, on the 14th May in Galway I will be providing a CPD day on Hand Reflexology. We will look at the relevant hand reflexology points and follow a specific hand reflexology routine.

If you would like to know more just e mail me at

With very best wishes,

Marie Therese


Emotional Reflexology: Date for your Diary 6th February 2016.

Foot - MAINHave you ever observed how clients can become emotional during or after  reflexology?

If your answer to this question is yes, I am sure you will agree with me when I say that it is important for us as therapists to have the necessary knowledge and skills to treat emotional issues that can arise during a reflexology session.

Let me introduce myself, My name is Marie Therese Shelly and for the past thirty years I have worked as a reflexologist as well  facilitating courses  in positive self-awareness, reflexology and health.

Above all I love people, I love to talk and I loves to listen. I am not just all talk however, most of the information presented on this accredited CPD course on Emotional Reflexology comes my experience as a therapist working with different groups, my qualifications in nursing, midwifery, psychology, education and reflexology, as well as my research and understanding into mindfulness, meditation  and natural remedies that I have acquired over the years.

My next course on Emotional Reflexology is in Galway on 6th February but hurry as places are limited. The maximum number of participants that can attend is ten

The emphasis of the course, is to provide a safe warm nurturing space which allows time for individual attention as well as the identification of specific reflexology point.

The outline of the day is as follows;

  • There will be a lecture from 10.00 am until 11.00.In this presentation we will first examine some of the main reflexology points and ruminate what emotions we would put next to them. Then we consider how we-as reflexologists, can help our clients to work through specific emotional conditions that appear frequently in our practice as well as practical suggestions and remedies for health, that our clients can do at home.
  • Lunchtime is from 1 to 2. We have access to our own kitchen where complimentary soup and sandwiches are provided.
  • The afternoon begins at 2pm with a guided meditation, in progressive relaxation.
  • This is followed by more practical work and suggestions for follow up self-care for therapists.
  • The day end with time for Questions and Answers.

Because the emphases is on practical reflexology, it is advisable to wear something comfortable, bring a pillow and blanket and a reflexology chair if you have one, if not one will be provided for you. Course notes are also provided on the day.

If you would like to know more please do not hesitate to  e mail

With very best wishes,

Marie Therese


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