Functional Reflex Therapy

A brief history

Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT) was developed by Lorraine Senior, a UK based reflexologist who, as a teacher for over 20 years, supported children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families.

Over a number of years Lorraine delivered regular reflexology as timetabled therapy in the education system, in residential environments, and for a local children's charity. She was encouraged with the results of her research and completed case studies (unpublished), observations And feedback from receivers, parents and staff to create Functional Reflex Therapy in 2012.


What is Functional Reflex Therapy?

FRT is a series of relaxation techniques drawn from reflexology and designed to empower those who care for people with autistic spectrum disorders and learning difficulties to enable them to carry out a short repetitive relaxation routine. This package is unique in that it encorages caregivers to use objects of reference, symbols and photographs that may help promote communication.

Benefits of FRT

FRT may:

1. induce relaxation

2. reduce anxiety

3. help improve mood

4. support wellbeing 



FRT Sessions

I am planning to run some FRT sessions to enable people to use and apply the FRT routine. These sessions:

  •   Are intended to be friendly, fun and informative.
  •   Teach routines to be applied to the hand or foot or both
  •   Will provide you with handouts to support the skills you learn

Please note that by attending an FRT session you will learn how to apply the basic routines demonstrated by me for the benefit of you and your family.

The session is not part of any recognised reflexology training course. It does not give you a qualification and FRT respectfully asks that you do not try to teach others.

For further information on FRT please visit their website at