Reflexology is a form of treatment which involves applying pressure to certain reflex areas of the feet and/or sometimes the hands. The ancient art of Reflexology has been used for many thousands of years. There are records of its uses in early civilisations by the Egyptians, Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Russians who are all reported to have worked on the feet in order to promote good health. In 1913 the therapy was introduced to the west by Dr William Fitzgerald and it was later developed in the 1930’s by Eunice Ingham into Reflexology as we know it today.
How can Reflexology help you?
The body has the ability to heal itself. Illness, disease, injury and stress all cause imbalance within the body and vital energy pathways become blocked, preventing the body from functioning to it’s full potential. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium, encourage healing and prevent illness and disease.
Who can benefit from Reflexology?
Since Reflexology treats the whole person, not the symptoms of disease, most people benefit from treatment. You do not need to be ill to have or benefit from treatment. Regular treatments can prevent ill health, by strengthening the immune system and keeping you in a balanced state. Reflexology brings relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, and is suitable for all ages. Reflexology may help to control the degenerative path of some incurable and chronic diseases. It may also help to control the side effects of others.
Once your body is in tune it is wise to have regular treatments in order to help maintain health and well being. An increasing number of people are using this safe, natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonising the body.
What to expect:
On your first visit a full case history will be taken, and a thorough examination will be made of your feet. A cleansing solution is used to wipe the feet and any nail varnish will be removed in order for the condition of your nails to be assessed. Almond oil is used to enable free movement of your therapist’s hands over the feet.
During treatment you may feel areas of tenderness, sharp pain or grittiness. It is normal to experience this and is indicative of an imbalance or a build up of toxins in that area. It is useful to inform your therapist if you experience any of these.
A Reflexology treatment is very relaxing, you may feel a sense of heaviness or floating, both of which are usual with deep relaxation. You may even fall asleep. The treatment is still effective if you are asleep and in some cases even more so.
After your treatment you may find that you experience some reactions. This is a normal part of the healing process and a sign that your body is reacting well. Possible reactions will be discussed at your first consultation. Reflexology is based on the principle that the body and all its systems are reflected in the feet.
By using small massage type movements to specific areas of the feet the various systems and areas in your body are stimulated encouraging your body to become more balanced and so promote your body’s natural healing.
The treatment is extremely relaxing and takes approximately 45 minutes. Even those who are ticklish usually find it a pleasant, relaxing and therapeutic experience.
Since Reflexology treats the whole person and not just the symptoms of disease, most people benefit from receiving a treatment.
Regular treatments can help to maintain health and wellbeing, by relaxing, balancing and harmonising the body. It strengthens the immune system, improves circulation, reduces stress and tension and encourages relaxation and revitalisation.