Fiona Shires, Reflexologist



I have lived in Oxfordshire most of my life. Before graduating from University with a degree in English I worked at the Radcliffe Infirmary for a gastroenterologist. This experience inspired me to pursue a career in complementary medicine as my three children grew up. I trained with the Association of Reflexologists and qualified in 1996. After a brief spell living abroad I trained as a teacher and recently retired as Headmistress at a local preparatory school. I now  focus entirely on my main passion of reflexology, seeing patients at The Bampton Clinic, The Lotus Retreat, Faringdon and the Wantage Natural Therapy Centre. My particular interests are both the journey from conception to birth and healthy ageing  but reflexology can help with a multitude of health issues. 

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Reflexology is a non-invasive holistic complimentary therapy whose origins can be found in early civilizations of India, China and Egypt. It was introduced to the Western World by Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American who discovered that following illness, stress, injury or disease, the body is in a state of “imbalance” and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrors congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body. Thus when, for example, you treat the big toes there is a related effect in the head and treating the whole foot can have a relaxing and healing effect on the whole body, thus restoring the body to a state of homeostasis (balance).

What is Reflexology?
How can it help?
What to expect from your first visit

Your first appointment lasts about an hour and a half and will begin with a consultation where I will ask some questions about your general health, medical history and lifestyle.

You will then remove just your shoes and socks and lie on a comfortable couch where your feet will be examined for visual clues as to any conditions. I will gently wipe over the feet and, using a fragrance-free cream, I will commence a gentle massage followed by a more specific movement targeting any problem areas. The treatment will conclude with a final massage using an appropriate essential oil leaving you relaxed and your body’s own healing mechanisms stimulated.

Since Reflexology treats the whole person, not the symptoms of the problem, most people benefit from treatment. The therapy can bring relief to a wide range of conditions.

  • Relaxation

  • Improves mood

  • Aids Sleep

  • Stress

  • Improves well being

Fiona Shires BA (Hons), PGCE, MAR

Reflexologist in Oxfordshire

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