Walk in. Float out.

My hope in creating Soothing Soles is to offer you a peaceful and healing sanctuary, where for 60 or 90 minutes, you can let go of all your worries and stress, and relinquish all control in a most safe and loving environment. May you return home feeling loved, nurtured and completely rejuvenated. If you're looking for relaxation, relief from chronic or acute pain, or bliss - you've come to the right place.

"Oriana, I was telling a friend about you and your reflexology, and it got me reflecting on our sessions and why I come to you. At some point my friend said, "oh so it's just a really good foot massage" and I realized that no, it's really so much more than that. Yes, my plantar fasciitis is gone, as is my lower back pain - but more than that what I've truly gained from my visits with you is a shift in perspective that has brought me so much more peace and calm in every area of my life. I'd never met anybody like you before. You just have this absolutely infectious positivity and goodness about you. You somehow feel soft and really strong all at the same time - and when I am around you, I feel a shift in me. I feel calm and deeply cared for. I feel hopeful about my life and the world. They say that some people just heal others via their very presence and I think you are one of these people. The reflexology is blissful, no doubt. But now I see that what I'm really paying for is *you*. Your newsletter from a few weeks ago urged us to share our thanks and gratitude with those who have made a tangible difference in our lives so here I am writing to you. Thank you for being you and for offering me and so many others the gift of your deep love and presence. I tell everyone who will listen about you!"

"I used to do full-body massage on a regular basis, but since I started reflexology I haven't gone back - I just find that reflexology cares for my body, mind, and soul in a way that nothing else has. I'm also a runner, and run between 6 to 12 miles a day, and before starting reflexology I would have to take days off to recover - but since starting reflexology, I run like I have wings on my feet. Recovery isn't even in my vocabulary anymore! Everything is easier because of reflexology. It's my sanity. My therapy." 

"I shudder at the thought of what I would be like, or feel like, had I not met you last year - you worked all the kinks out, and then some!"

"Oriana is one of those people whose warm and giving presence makes you feel lucky to be spending time with her.  Her reflexology healing is amazing."

"Oriana is an amazing woman and gifted healer. Her sessions have started to alleviate chronic pain that I've had for years- when I stopped going regularly, the difference became apparent."

"Oriana, I felt fabulous yesterday and today! I want to say again that you are a very soothing soul with magical hands. I am so glad that I've met you!"

"I am feeling awesome, delightful, most relaxed, feeling grateful to know you and your magic fingers!!"

"Oriana...thank you again for your tender loving care last evening. Totally soothing, beautiful and nurturing to be in your presence."

"Best night's sleep in over 2 weeks. You are the best!"

"Oriana is an amazing healer. The footwork results in an amazing full body sensation and relaxation. My muscles in my upper neck and upper back were finally relieved...All I was able to focus on was the full body tingles!"

"I feel like lately I'm so happy and content with life that I could burst. And I think your energy, reflexology work, and lust for life are the reason or part of the reason!"

"Thank you so much for helping me with the healing process, and for being so open and wonderful. And for making me so relaxed for the first time in weeks. Already can't wait to come back!"

"What a wonderful hour spent! Oriana is so talented and professional and I was in a complete trance!"

"I can't say enough good things about my reflexology sessions with Oriana. You will not be disappointed!"

"I walk in feeling stressed, crazy, anxious and leave feeling clear and peaceful, I go home rejuvenated and happy.”

“Oriana is an amazing talent, both at reflexology and as a true nurturer. I truly cherish my weekly hour with her.”

“Without reservation, I heartily recommend a reflexology session with Oriana. Her work is gentle, yet powerful in the facilitation of profound relaxation...Treat yourself. It's heavenly”

“I felt instant relaxation from the moment the session started and found that I had significantly more energy in the days that followed. The environment and atmosphere with Oriana was safe, inviting and healing.”

“The session left me feeling absolutely relaxed and cared for. Oriana has expertly gentle hands and creates such an atmosphere of calm and safety. I would recommend her to anyone!"

"I can't say enough good things about my reflexology sessions with Oriana. Give it a try. You will be SO glad you did."

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Reflexology and Stress

When we are under stress, a primitive system governed by the old part of the brain, the ‘fight or flight’ reaction takes over.

When our fight or flight system is activated, we tend to perceive everything in our environment as a possible threat to our survival. By its very nature, the fight or flight system bypasses our rational mind—where our more well thought out beliefs exist—and moves us into "attack" mode. This state of alert causes us to perceive almost everything in our world as a possible threat to our survival. As such, we tend to see everyone and everything as a possible enemy. Like airport security during a terrorist threat, we are on the look out for every possible danger. We may overreact to the slightest comment. Our fear is exaggerated. Our thinking is distorted. We see everything through the filter of possible danger. We narrow our focus to those things that can harm us. Fear becomes the lens through which we see the world.

We can begin to see how it is almost impossible to cultivate positive attitudes and beliefs when we are stuck in survival mode. Our heart is not open. Our rational mind is disengaged. Our consciousness is focused on fear, not love. Making clear choices and recognizing the consequences of those choices is unfeasible. We are focused on short-term survival, not the long-term consequences of our beliefs and choices. When we are overwhelmed with excessive stress, our life becomes a series of short-term emergencies. We lose the ability to relax and enjoy the moment. We live from crisis to crisis, with no relief in sight. Burnout is inevitable. This burnout is what usually provides the motivation to change our lives for the better. We are propelled to step back and look at the big picture of our lives—forcing us to examine our beliefs, our values and our goals.

Reflexology has the ability to reverse the affects of stress by taking the body out of fight or flight mode, into parasympathetic mode, thereby activating the natural healing and repair response of the body.


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Give the gift of bliss and relaxation for Birthdays, Thank Yous, Congratulations, Pregnancy, I Love Yous or Just Because...!

To purchase a gift certificate, please call 336-715-0027 or email Oriana@SoothingSoles.org, or click here.



Monday         9 am - 7 pm

Tuesday        9 am - 7 pm

Wednesday    9 am - 7 pm

Thursday       9 am - 7 pm

Friday            9 am - 6 pm

Saturday          Closed    

Sunday         Closed 

*By Appointment Only*


102 Hayes Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278



NOTE: Reflexology does not diagnose, treat or cure any diseases, and is not a substitute for standard medical care. Oriana Galardi-Este is not a medical doctor. She operates as a certified reflexologist only. None of the statements on this site have been evaluated by the FDA. Nothing on this site is intended to discourage anyone from seeking or following the advice of a medical doctor.