Reflexology is a relaxing and energising therapy that can promote better health and wellbeing throughout your body. Reflexologists work with your hands and feet, applying touch and pressure to reflex points and stimulating your body’s natural healing abilities.
Reflexology is based on the theory that the body’s structures and organs are mapped in the feet and hands at specific reflex points. There is evidence that this therapeutic practice has its origins as far back as 4000 BC. It was originally used in China, Egypt and India.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a wonderful complementary therapy that is believed to date back to ancient Egypt, China and India. More recently, zone therapy was researched by Dr William Fitzgerald who discovered energetic lines or zones linked to organs and systems within the body. He discovered that by applying pressure to certain points in the zones, pain could be relieved and some points could even produce an anaesthetic like reaction.
However, it was Mrs Eunice Ingham who developed reflexology as we know it today by charting the hand and foot maps reflexologists follow in practice. For example; the toes and fingers ink to the head and neck area, the ball of the foot to the chest and the heels of the feet and hands to the pelvis.
Reflexology is often described as a deeply relaxing therapy which combines massage and gentle but firm thumb walking pressure that is used on the feet and also the hands.
There is increasing scientific evidence and research into reflexology’s efficacy and it has been proven to initiate a relaxation response, increase blood flow to the brain, intestines and kidneys. It has shown to reduce pain and help ease birthing and assist with post partum recovery.
How does Reflexology work?
By using a combination of techniques such as thumb and finger walking, massage, movement and stretching on the feet, toes and hands we can treat the whole body encouraging it to reset into a balanced state allowing the body to self heal.The body’s organs, systems and structures are mapped on the feet and hands. By working these corresponding areas we aim to encourage blood flow, energetic flow, move lymph and bring about healing to the area.
In addition, by easing the body and mind into a state of deep relaxation we are quietening the flight or fight stress response allowing the body to rest, repair, and recover more effectively.
How can Reflexology help?
People choose reflexology treatment for different reasons. Some of the most common consultations reflexologists have include: back complaints, chronic pain, digestive disturbance, hormonal imbalances, sinus discomfort, stress and tension related conditions and therapeutic assistance with pregnancy and fertility.
If you feel that your body has become out of balance, maybe due to illness, stress or an unhealthy lifestyle, reflexology can help restore your body’s natural equilibrium and promote healing. By assisting circulation and strengthening your immune system, reflexology has also been successful for many at shortening recovery time after an illness.
What conditions can it help with?
Reflexology aims to balance the body and encourages it to effectively heal itself naturally. It has been known to have helped clients with:
- Stress, anxiety, depression and panic attacks
- High blood pressure
- ME, Fibromyalgia
- Back pain
- Muscular tension
- Headaches and Migraines
- Plantar fasciitis
- PMS & peri-menopausal symptoms
- Fertility & reproductive health issues
- Pregnancy, labour & postpartum recovery
As well as:
- Help Relaxation
- Improve Mood
- Aid Sleep
- Help to relieve tension and stress
- Improve sense of well-being
What can I expect from a session?
The first session will involve a thorough consultation where the practitioner will take a detailed look into health and lifestyle so they can effectively plan and tailor treatments to your needs.
Following this, you will will be invited onto the couch and made comfortable. With socks removed the practitioner will greet the feet and warm and soften them with gentle massage and relaxation techniques.
Using thumb and finger pressure the practitioner will work each foot, ankle and lower leg paying special attention to areas where blockages and imbalances are noted. Treatments are generally experienced as very relaxing and many clients even fall asleep during a session.
At the end of a session you will be informed of any areas where imbalance is detected. Self help advice may be offered but it is important to note that reflexologists do not diagnose illness or conditions. We are therefore not a substitute for seeing a General Practitioner.
How many sessions will I need?
The course of treatments will vary in number and frequency, depending on your individual requirements. This can be discussed during your first appointment. However, it is generally recommended that a course of around 6 treatments is required for most conditions.