Reflexology is an ancient form of natural, holistic complementary therapy which uses the feet or hands to treat the whole body. It is based on the principle that certain points on the feet and hands, correspond to the organs and systems of the body. Stimulating these points which are called reflexes, with a special thumb and finger pressure is believed to create a reaction in the corresponding area of the body. Imbalances in the tissues, organs and systems of the body can be both detected and treated to restore balance and wellbeing. A reflexologist is a holistic practitioner who has the training to assess the imbalances in the person and treat them to help the persons own natural healing process to resolve these imbalances. Reflexologist are not trained to diagnose or can not promise to treat a particular disease or syndrome such as cancer.
History of Reflexology
Reflexology as known today was developed by Eunice Ingham, an American physiotherapist, building on the work by Dr William Fitzgerald in Zone Therapy, during the early part of this century. However the principle of massaging the feet in order to treat the whole body as a whole, and dividing the body into zones of energy, dates back thousands of years. There are Egyptian hieroglyphs on the walls of Tomb of The Physician Ankhmahor, dating from 2330 BC, showing what seems to be a form of foot and hand treatment being given.
In Ayurvedic Medicine, Ancient Indians practised a form of pressure technique on feet, as part of “Marma” points.
The Chinese have been using the acupressure points to unblock energy and to help the body to heal itself, for over 5000 years. Today’s Acupuncture is similar but uses needles instead of thumb and finger pressure.
Native Americans too, for example Cherokee tribe, have traditionally used the feet as a means of healing the body as a whole and have had specialized practitioners trained to do this. Their skills passed down orally from generations to generations.
Reflexology, in the 21st Century, like the other complementary and holistic therapies, work on the whole person, rather than a symptom and this approach is now becoming very popular.
Some of the Benefits of Reflexology
Reflexology can be received by all and may help to alleviate many health issues such as;
- Hormonal imbalance
- Stress and anxiety
- Digestive and eating disorders
- Chronic Pain
- Sleep Problems
- Women’s health issues
- Fertility issues
- Headaches and migraines
What happens during the treatment?
A regular reflexology session is around 50-60 minutes. The first session includes a free consultation therefore is longer than the subsequent sessions and might take up to an hour and a half. We will start the first session by completing a consultation form about health and lifestyle questions, which will help plan your individual treatment. The treatment takes place fully clothed, only removing shoes and socks and sitting comfortably in a reclining chair. It is advisable to wear comfortable clothing, also a blanket is provided, if needed, for extra comfort.
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