What is Reflexology?
Reflexology involves the manipulation of defined pressure points on the feet, hands, face and ears.
The theory is that these pressure points correspond to various organs of the body and that the application of pressure on these specific points can help to alleviate illness, encourage healing and release tension by working on lines of energy.
There is evidence of foot and hand therapy being practised in China and Egypt, as long ago as 2330 B.C. The re-discovery of some form of systemised foot treatment is accredited to Dr William Fitzgerald who called it Zone Therapy and drew it to the attention of the medical world between 1915 and 1917.
This so-called ‘zone-therapy’ was developed further in the 1930s by a nurse and physiotherapist called Eunice Ingham. Using Fitzgerald’s theory that the body has 10 vertical zones each ending in a different part of the foot, she developed the first map of the reflexes’ to be found on the foot and to which body parts they were connected.
Benefits of Reflexology
Reflexology cannot cure diseases, but can help to alleviate the symptoms of many health problems. As a gentle, non-invasive treatment, it is thought to be very beneficial to promoting a better quality of life.
Reflexology can complement mainstream medicine, particularly by inducing a state of deep relaxation, improving blood and lymphatic circulation and helping the body’s own healing processes.
Regular reflexology sessions can help people cope with general aches and pains as well as alleviating symptoms associated with some chronic problems:
• Respiratory conditions
• Anxiety and depression
• Recovery from stroke
• High blood pressure
• Migraine and headaches
• Support the immune system
• Increase flexibility
• Improve mental agility and memory
• Increase circulation
• Aid digestion issues and constipation
• Improve physical, mental and emotional health
What to expect after Treatment
Reflexology gets the circulation going again and increases the nerve supply to all organs. This creates a balancing effect or homeostasis” that restores the body’s equilibrium.
Daily anxieties and frustrations are often relieved after a reflexology session and people are left with a healthy state of body and mind. Treating both the body and mind through reflexology helps to slow the aging process, increase energy and encourages recipients to remain active and social.