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Reflexology and the Endocrine (Hormone) System

Hello and welcome to a short, simple blog taking a look at Reflexology and the Endocrine (Hormone) System.


What is the Endocrine System and what does it do?

The endocrine system is a complex network of glands, organs, and tissues that produce and secrete hormones. Hormones are chemicals that act like messengers that travel to target organs to regulate various physiological functions and processes within the body.


The endocrine system works in coordination with the nervous system and other organs to maintain homeostasis (internal balance) and regulate essential functions such as metabolism, growth and development, reproduction, stress response, immune function, and sleep-wake cycles.


Overall, the endocrine system plays a critical role in maintaining overall health and well-being by orchestrating the body's responses to internal and external stimuli and ensuring the proper functioning of various organs and systems. Dysfunction or imbalance within the endocrine system can lead to hormonal disorders and a wide range of health problems.



Reflexology treatment provided by Vitae Vi's Karyn Hughes based in Emsworth, West Sussex
Reflexology with Karyn Hughes

What does the Endocrine System consist of?

While the endocrine system is made up of many organs and glands, the primary glands/organs are considered to be:


  • Hypothalamus

  • Pituitary

  • Thyroid

  • Parathyroids

  • Adrenals

  • Pineal

  • Ovaries

  • Testes

  • Thymus

  • Pancreas


How can Reflexology benefit the hormonal system?

There is a plethora of anecdotal documentation linking reflexology to rebalancing the endocrine system. Reflexology may help promote relaxation, reduce stress, improve circulation and stimulate the body’s natural healing process. All this can potentially have indirect effects on the endocrine system.


While there is limited scientific evidence directly linking reflexology to rebalancing the endocrine system, proponents suggest that reflexology may help promote relaxation, reduce stress, improve circulation, and stimulate the body's natural healing processes, which could potentially have indirect effects on the endocrine system.


Here's how reflexology may theoretically help rebalance the endocrine system:


  • Stress Reduction: Chronic stress can disrupt hormone balance and contribute to endocrine dysfunction. Reflexology is known to induce relaxation and reduce stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which may help restore hormonal equilibrium.

  • Promotion of Relaxation: By stimulating reflex points on the feet, hands, or ears, reflexology may help promote relaxation throughout the body. Relaxation is important for overall health and may support the body's ability to regulate hormone production and function.

  • Improved Circulation: Reflexology techniques, help improve blood circulation. Enhanced circulation can optimise the delivery of oxygen, nutrients, and hormones to cells and organs, supporting their proper function.

  • Enhanced Energy Flow: According to reflexology theory, stimulating reflex points can help release blockages and promote the flow of energy (Qi or prana) throughout the body. Balanced energy flow is believed to support overall health and vitality, potentially influencing endocrine function.

  • Support for Specific Reflex Points: During treatment I may focus on specific reflex points associated with the endocrine glands, such as the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, adrenal glands, and reproductive organs. Stimulation of these reflex points may theoretically help improve the function of these glands and support hormone balance.


Reflexology can prove beneficial for various conditions, particularly in females, including:
  • Disrupted menstrual cycle

  • Mood swings

  • Headaches

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Hot flushes

  • Sleep patterns

  • Digestive problems, and much more!

What will a treatment look like?

If you are new to reflexology, I would recommend an initial course of 6 treatments taken weekly. This gives the body time to re-balance and allow your systems to start their journey back to a more harmonious state. Following your initial course, monthly ‘top-up’ treatments are recommended.


Each treatment will be bespoke following consultation. No two treatments will be the completely the same. One-off treatments are also available as you will feel the benefit even after a single treatment.


To really boost the effects of treatment, breathing techniques will be used during the treatment and I may well advise on breathing exercises to do at home between treatments.


Endocrine Reflex Points on the feet

If you are like me, and you like to know more about any treatments you are considering, here is a basic diagram showing roughly where on the feet the main endocrine reflex points can be found.


As these are worked during a treatment and the circulation is increased these glands may well be stimulated encouraging them to perform better.


Thank you for taking the time to read my short blog. Should you have any questions, or would like to book an initial treatment and consultation with me, please do get in touch. I would love to hear from you.



Vitae Vi's Treatment Room for Reflexology and Wellness Treatments based in Emsworth, West Sussex
Vitae Vi's Treatment Room

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. If you are interested in having a treatment or would like any further information, or want to understand whether reflexology might be able to help you, I would love to hear from you.


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