An interview with reflexologist Danny Gallagher
Reflexology, many of us have heard about it, but not 100% are sure what it really is. Well, in a nutshell it’s an alternative medicine that uses pressure, applied to the feet and the hands with specific techniques.
Also referred to as ‘zone therapy’, it is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that are supposed to reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands. Although reflexology is thought to be a practice that dates back from ancient Egyptian times, it was not formally introduced till the early 1900s, with a surge of interest in recent years making it a regular must-have.
We talked to leading reflexologist Danny Gallagher, of Mayfair Aesthetics, to get to know this practice a little more.
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a restorative, energy moving foot massage linking various massage points on the feet with your whole body, thereby creating a sense of balance and well-being as a full body massage, yet designed exclusively for the feet.
What are the advantages?
Similar to a full body massage with stress-relieving, therapeutic results which requires only kicking off your shoes.
How often do you recommend having it done?
Varies from person to person, depending on their needs and well-being. I let the client decide, although would also make recommendations based on their initial treatment. One reflexology session per week or month generally.
How did you start in the industry?
The Olympics in 2012 were coming to town and London was warned not to drive on London roads. My removals business was put on hold and I trained in London that year with additional reflexology courses in Bournemouth, Cardiff and London the following years.
What do you love most about it?
Feet are the unsung heroes of our bodies, they provide stamina, support and balance. No pair of feet are the same. I am hugely enthusiastic about the power and energy of reflexology and its ability to help people. I do my utmost to convey this to my clients and anyone intrigued by reflexology.
What/who has had the biggest impact on your career?
My international teachers from Israel, Greece and Germany.
What’s next for you?
To reflect the future trends of online services, more mobile reflexology for people working 24/7. And bearing in mind not everyone can physically access my clinics in N1 and Covent Garden. I cycle twice monthly to Queens Park for my 80yr client who receives reflexology whilst recovering from open heart surgery. I can easily see myself doing more door-to-door beneficial reflexology.