Reflexology and Reiki - What is the difference?


Reflexology is an ancient therapy which has been practised for over 5000 years.

It is a complementary therapy that is based on the theory that different points and areas on the feet, leg and hands, correspond with different areas of the body. I believe that working these points or areas can help aid relaxation, improve mood, release tension, enhance sleep and can generally help improve wellbeing; allowing you to cope better with the stresses that life can bring.

It’s a treatment which includes all organs, glands, and the entire body, including the skeletal system. Reflexology may help a wide range of conditions in each of the body systems.


“A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being”. (Oxford English dictionary)

The Japanese word ‘Reiki’ literally translates as universal life force energy. This system of healing was developed by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century.

Reiki healing has great health benefits of stress reduction and relaxation. This in turn aids the body’s natural healing abilities. Reiki also balances the mind and emotions. Reiki may help you with various emotional upheavals. On the physical level, Reiki may help relieve pain, sleeplessness and physical discomfort from various conditions.

Reflexology and Reiki Combined

The combination of these two therapies can be extremely effective.

Reiki is a subtle yet powerful energy that naturally flows where it is most required.

Reiki and Reflexology complement each other beautifully. Reiki may be particularly good with mental and emotional issues and Reflexology may be good with conditions related to the physical body.

Reiki can support the belief that healing begins with the mind.

Reflexology can support the physical body.

Together Reiki and Reflexology’s combined, offer an enjoyable and deeply relaxing way to holistically promote a kind of healing that takes into account the whole person that is the body, mind, spirit and emotions.

Marie Brailey Holistic Therapies

April 2019

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