The Galway Institute of
Wellbeing and Reflexology

Private practice:
Granary Therapy Centre,
Dominic Street, Galway
Telephone: +353 87 2350068

Marie Therese Shelly

in Reflexology
since 1990

Thank you for choosing to look at my webpage on reflexology. Let me tell you all about it. My name is Marie Therese Shelly and for the past 40 years I have been searching for ways to develop a healthier, happier life style for self and others.

Initially I trained as a general nurse (R.G.N.) and midwife (RM). Straight away it was obvious, negative thoughts and actions lead to an array of distressing stress related illnesses. This awareness initiated my pursuit to find a positive way to reduce suffering caused by disease.

3 years later I was awarded an honours BA in psychology and I started to provide in-service courses to nurse’s relaxation and positive self-awareness with the North Eastern, Eastern and Western Health Boards. (My interest in Mindfulness and Meditation came later).

Then quite by accident I discovered Reflexology and I was hooked; I had found a therapy that focused on restoring balance in the body which had a knock-on effect not only on the mind but the soul as well. It is very hard to feel positive when you are sick and in pain, what is needed is nourishment, compassion and care and that is what reflexology therapy provides in a safe, secure non-threatening environment.

You can read more about how reflexology works in the insert at the side.

Simply put, painful areas on either the right or left foot correspond to imbalances in the body. The aim of reflexology is to restore balance so that the body ailments are relieved, and the positive effects are felt as an overall sense of wellbeing.

However, reflexology is not a quick fix, it takes time to undo bad habits and thinking patterns that cause illness and disease. You have to be prepared to work with your reflexologist to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

If you are still unsure of how this therapy works call + 353 87 2350068 and I will answer all questions to the best of my ability.
code of ethics
reflexology charts
Reflexology is an ancient art practiced by all cultures; is a therapy based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all glands, organs, parts and systems of the human body. Physical act of applying pressure, using thumb, finger and hand techniques, to these reflex areas results in the reduction of stress which promotes physiological changes in the body.
What is Reflexology? Reflexology is a healing therapy drawn from the assumption that there are reflex areas on the hands and feet that correspond to all parts of the body. (Taylor1998)

What will it do for me? Reflexology is a natural therapy that works on the nerve endings on the feet restoring health through enhanced nerve function, muscle tone and circulation. Restoring the body to health alleviates stress related disorders such as migraine, sinusitis, exhaustion, repeated colds and flu’s, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation as well as infertility to mention but a few. It is also fantastic to help maintain a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy, menopause and in old age.

What area are worked on during a treatment? Feet preferably/ Hands in certain situations.

What happens during a treatment?
  1. First the reflexologist will explain to you what reflexology is and how a treatment might affect you e.g. you might feel tired afterwards. Then you will be asked to sit down on a special reflexology recliner chair.
  2. The Reflexologist will then apply specific thumb movements exerting a certain amount of pressure on your feet. The treatment normally lasts for about an hour. Many people fall asleep during this time.
  3. Before you go home the Reflexologist will help you find ways to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Generally deep relaxation and a sense of wellbeing is experienced after a treatment.