Reflexology is a complementary therapy that applies gentle pressure to specific parts of the feet or hands to enable the body to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, the body is believed to be in a state of “imbalance”, and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and encourage healing.
Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, it wasn’t until 1913 that Dr William Fitzgerald introduced this therapy to the West as ‘zone therapy’. He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is now known as reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
What should I expect during treatment?
There will be a consultation during which questions will be asked about your current and past health, lifestyle and family commitments, etc. You will then be asked to recline in a specialised chair or on a massage table. You remain clothed – only the feet are accessed during treatment. If there is a problem with the feet, then reflexology can be carried out on the hands.
During the reflexology session gentle pressure is applied in a way that is unique to the needs of each person; similarly the effect of the therapy is unique. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet, and work on these points in order to release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased, and circulation and elimination is improved. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse. While Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe, Reflexology is believed to help heal the whole person not just the prevailing symptoms.
What can Reflexology help?
Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance. The therapy is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions.
Studies have shown reflexology to be effective for:
- Back Pain
- Sleep disorders
- Sports Injuries
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Digestive disorders
- Stress-related condition