What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a non-intrusive, relaxing and nurturing complementary health therapy, which involves applying special pressure and massage techniques to reflex points in the feet or hands. These reflex points are thought to correspond to organs, systems and structures in the body; and research shows that these particular techniques may create specific changes in the body and its health.

The feet contain over 7,000 nerve endings, and the theory is that stimulating these reflex points may clear energy blockages in the neural pathways, enhancing energy and vitality. Reflexology may also improve circulation, which is important in nourishing cells and eliminating toxins.

Reflexologists work holistically with their clients, not just treating "dis-ease", but also addressing issues pertaining to the clients' general health and lifestyle, with the aim of promoting optimum health and wellbeing. 

The combined physiological and psychological effects of the therapy may help to restore balance (homeostasis) and promote the body's own self-healing mechanisms.

How can reflexology help me?

Each individual will react slightly differently to the treatment, and treatments are always tailored to each client's particular health and lifestyle issues. However, most recipients will report a feeling of relaxation, improved sleep patterns, enhanced mood and energy levels, and a sense of wellbeing.

The therapy tends to be particularly helpful for conditions related to stress and anxiety, including headaches, sleep disorders, digestive problems, muscular and joint aches and pains, and fertility issues. It may also be effective for hormonal imbalances, pregnancy and postnatal care, immune system imbalances and many other conditions.

Reflexology is safe and can be beneficial for people of all ages, from newborn babies upwards. 

 

History of reflexology

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 1930s, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is now known as Reflexology. She observed that congestion or tensions in any part of the foot are mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.

 

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