Valerie Shoukry MA (Cantab.), MBRA

Reflexologist

Valerie qualified in Reflexology in 2009 at Bayly School of Reflexology, the official teaching body of the British Reflexology Association.

She has practised mostly in the UK but also in Asia, expanding and developing her repertoire of techniques. Valerie sees men, women and children with a wide range of symptoms and conditions. She has particular interest in allergies, menstrual and menopausal problems, IBS and musculo-skeletal problems.

Her approach is very much one of traditional hands-on care within a confidential, personalised framework, where the needs of the client are paramount. She likes to think of herself as working in partnership with her clients to help them reach their goals.

Valerie is a great believer in continuous professional development: she maintains strong links with the British Relexology Association and keeps abreast of the latest developments in both this field and in healthcare in general. Her considerable experience of clients with a very wide range of symptoms enables her to offer a bespoke Reflexology consultation combined, of course, with a very warm welcome!

 

Valerie is a member of the British Reflexology Association.

 

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a form of complementary medicine, using massage over the reflex areas on the feet (and occasionally the hands.) It is non-invasive and most people find it a pleasurable and immensely relaxing experience – some even fall asleep! The first recorded example dates back to 2,330BC, in an Egyptian tomb drawing. Examples have also been uncovered in Africa and in some American Indian tribes. From there, the theoretical division of the body into ten longitudinal and three transverse zones has developed and expanded into reflexology as it is practised today. The importance of the feet as barometers of the state of the body and one’s general health has, therefore, been long acknowledged. Reflexologists exploit this link to your advantage.

 

In the feet there are reflex areas corresponding to all parts of the body and these areas are arranged in such a way as to form a map of the body: the right foot corresponds to the right side of the body, the left foot corresponds to the left side. As the whole body is represented in the feet, the method offers a means of treating the whole body and of treating the body as a whole. Reflexology does not claim to be a ‘cure-all’, but many people find they are helped by it. Surveys carried out by the British Reflexology Association show benefits to those presenting with stress, insomnia and irritable bowel syndrome.