Over 40 minutes your feet are massaged, manipulated and pressure applied to key areas to leave you feeling incredibly relaxed. It's quite an obscure and unusual experience to have a complete stranger effectively play with your feet; for some reason I felt this more of an invasion of my personal space than a full body massage! As my therapist went about doing her thing, breathing deeply and getting more in the zone than me, she occasionally asked a question about a particularly sensitive area and hit the nail on the head with every diagnosis. When my big toe was being massaged she asked if I suffered from headaches and stress around the upper head; when she got to my middle foot there were questions about my posture and lower back area; while prodding my ankles she questioned my stomach health. I'm not entirely convinced that this would help with tension in the shoulders or problems in the kidneys, but it did leave me feeling incredibly relaxed and my otherwise stressed feet feeling soothed. I do a lot of walking and have frequently fallen down the stairs, leaving my feet and ankles pretty ropey and in need of a lot of pampering - this did the trick at making me feel like I was walking on air back to the tube station. It was thoroughly enjoyable and I felt completely in safe hands, but I can't say I've noticed any huge difference to my overall well-being; my shoulders do feel more relaxed and my back slightly less painful, but who knows if this is all in my mind! There are certainly less interesting ways to spend an afternoon, but whether or not this will provide long-term effects is yet to be decided. Have you ever had reflexology?
The treatment is available in all Neal's Yard treatment rooms and costs £60 for an hour treatment (which also includes a mini hand and neck massage free of charge.) Find out more here.