Functional Reflex Therapy for Children

Reflexology using the Functional Reflex Therapy Approach.

Functional Reflex Therapy is a combination of relaxation techniques drawn from reflexology. A structured therapy session with a specific aim and purpose it is delivered as a timetabled therapy in mainstream and special needs schools, or privately with a FRT therapist. It is used as a relaxation therapy by qualified Reflexologists who bring their own experience and specialism to the therapy time and may address issues that have been highlighted by parents and school. Supported with the use of the FRT tool kit to help with communication, preparation and responsibility, it also adds a little fun and most importantly meets the child's individual needs. Functional Reflex Therapy is suitable for all children, not only those with special needs, such as Autism or ADHD, it supports all children who would benefit from regular relaxation.

Some of its many benefits: 
• Induced relaxation   • Help improving mood   • Reducing anxiety   • Relieving tension   • Helping with sleep disorders   • Supporting well-being   • Helping concentration and focus   • Encouraging the receiver to be more receptive   

• Encouraging social interaction   • Encouraging a better state of mind for learning   • Supporting mental health issues such as stress and anxiety, exam pressures or general worries   • It has a positive effect on the issues that affect individuals and the people around them in many areas of their everyday lives.


Sarah Bird, Bayside Reflexology -  Functional Reflex Therapist.

I trained in Functional Reflex Therapy as I wanted to find a way to support my son who is on the autistic spectrum. FRT is a great communication tool that can help not only the child, but the parents too. I am passionate about offering FRT for children, but also offer FRT workshops for parents, so they too can learn and use the techniques on their own children. Not only is this great for the child, FRT workshops are a fantastic way of being able to reduce parents anxiety and stress levels too, (as a parent myself I understand how stressful it can be when you can't find a way to help your child) FRT thereby helps the whole family.   

How did FRT develop? 

Functional Reflex Therapy(FRT) was developed by Lorraine Senior, a UK based Reflexologist who, as a teacher for over 20 years supported children and adults with special educational needs, disabilities and communication issues. Delivering reflexology as a timetabled therapy in many environments Lorraine was encouraged with the results of her research and case studies (currently unpublished). Along with observations and feedback from staff, parents and receivers she created a structured approach for schools that effectively demonstrates the value and many benefits of Functional Reflex Therapy delivered by qualified Reflexologists.   

For further information about Reflexology visit www.aor.org.uk and for information about Functional Reflex Therapy www.functionalreflextherapy.co.uk

Cost: Functional Reflex Therapy for Children (up to the age of 18 years)first consultation & treatments thereafter £19. 

Please allow up to 45 minutes (1 hour for the first session). A parent is required to stay with their child throughout the whole session.