Functional Reflex Therapy


The Functional Reflex Therapy framework for Reflexology is designed for children and adults with autism, autistic spectrum disorders, learning difficulties, neurological impairment, challenging behaviours and complex health needs and is proving an enjoyable and beneficial whole experience for more vulnerable adults with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
It was developed by Lorraine Senior a reflexologist with her own private practice and qualified teacher working for over 20 years in both mainstream and special educational need environments supporting pupils and families

Functional Reflex Therapy Rainbow Relaxation Routine 











Each technique is named to encourage you to think about specific areas of the body as you deliver the therapy and they are linked to a colour which gives you an easy to recall routine following through the colours of the rainbow.

The workshops are a fun and informative way of learning new valuable skills they offer

The Functional Reflex Therapy Rainbow Relaxation Routine is shared through workshops which are available for parents, carers, grandparents and healthcare providers who support children and adults with autism, learning difficulties and complex and vulnerable needs. If you have an interest to learn this lovely ‘positive touch’ relaxation routine and you’re looking to incorporate relaxation sessions into your lifestyle at home....the FRT workshop is for you.


FRT is suitable for people suffering from anxiety and the siblings of children with additional needs. Gentle and soothing, everyone can benefit!

How It Helps

The therapy supports the Reflexology principle that points in the feet, lower leg, hand and forearm relate to areas of the body and by applying positive touch techniques and holds to specifically identified areas it may encourage changes to occur within and throughout the body.

It is a scientific fact that the nervous system and endocrine system are influenced by states of long term stress, anxiety, anger and tension and that the receptiveness of individuals to learning situations and to some demands that are placed upon them may be restricted or hindered when such states manifest themselves in the body.


There is now much more research available about the positive benefits of relaxation and how it allows the body to calm and helps to relieve tension and the primary intention of Functional Reflex Therapy is relaxation.

The many benefits of Functional Reflex Therapy will depend on the individual giving the therapy, the situation or circumstances in which it is being delivered and it will depend on the person receiving the therapy and their individual needs, but the benefits may include:


  • Encouraging the body to relax and relieve some tension

  • Increasing the release of the many well being hormones in the brain to create calm throughout the body

  • Offering those receiving the session quiet and specific calming time (and those giving the treatment!)

  • Working towards relaxation ‘in the moment’ this may have an ongoing effect on the individual receiving the therapy and those people around them

  • Inducing social interaction, encouraging communication and reciprocation

  • Reduction in challenging behaviour

  • Using objects of reference to help to communicate the session which may reduce initial anxiety

  • Improving concentration and focus

  • Opportunity to share time and share positive touch and enjoy company

  •  Helping those receiving to the therapy to prepare for ongoing activities


The Techniques


The eight simple to learn techniques are named to encourage the person giving the therapy to think about the area of the body that each movement supports and the action by which each technique is delivered, for example head circles, diaphragm slide and the digestive glide. This helps with both the learning of the routine and the intention of the session. 



All the movements are fluid and nurturing and a both a pleasure to give and to recieve.