IN a world filled with fast-paced living and constant stress, the quest for balance and well-being has never been more crucial.

Amid the multitude of holistic therapies available, reflexology stands out as an ancient art which continues to captivate and inspire those seeking natural healing.

This practice, rooted in the belief that the feet are a gateway to the body's health, is gaining popularity for its gentle yet potent approach to holistic wellness.

At its core, reflexology operates on the principle that specific areas on the feet, known as reflex points or zones, correspond to various organs, systems, and body parts.

By applying targeted pressure and massaging these points, a reflexologist aims to stimulate energy flow and encourage the body's natural healing mechanisms. This, in turn, can help the body restore its balance naturally.

But it’s not all about feet, as reflexologist Lizzie Potter explained to me.

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Similar pressure points which mirror different parts of your body can be found in your face and hands too – which is perfect for someone like me who hates their feet being touched.

Review of Colchester reflexologist Lizzie Potter Therapy

With Monday marking the start of World Reflexology Week and the promise of feeling some of the benefits of a full body massage with only my face being touched, I was keen to meet Lizzie at her reflexology room in Colchester.

I felt instantly at ease as my treatment started and within a few minutes felt perfectly weightless and like I was resting on a bed of clouds.

The session ended with a zone face lift – a relaxing treatment which, for some people, can eliminate the need for Botox or fillers.

By the end of my hour with Lizzie I felt completely relaxed and, despite my bedroom feeling like a furnace during the heatwave, I slept much better than I do usually.

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Lizzie’s first experience of reflexology was as a child as her mum’s best friend was a reflexologist, but it wasn’t until adulthood that Lizzie decided to become qualified herself.

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Her passion was sparked after her best friend Gemma received the treatment after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The Mile End resident said: “When Gemma was diagnosed with a brain tumour she went and had Reiki and reflexology and I saw how nice it was for her.

“She was terminally ill, but it was giving her some comfort and I thought that was so nice.”

Feeling reflective after her friend’s death, Lizzie woke up one day while on holiday in Tenerife and thought to herself: “I’m going to train to be a reflexologist.”

Fast forward to today and Lizzie, who is also a qualified social worker, has been a qualified reflexologist for three years and now runs her own business – Lizzie Potter Therapy.

Her client base is broad, with both men and women of all ages seeking her expertise. Even her one-year-old daughter has enjoyed the benefits of reflexology, leading Lizzie to offer treatments to parents and babies.

Even her youngest clients feel the benefits – including improved sleep and relaxation.

So would I try it again?

I thoroughly enjoyed my treatment and will absolutely return to Lizzie Potter Therapy. I might even be persuaded to try the more traditional feet reflexology.

As with any health or well-being treatment, it’s important to find a therapist who is suitably qualified. The Association of Reflexologists has published a list of qualified therapists on