What is Reflexology & how can it help me?
Reflexology is a gentle non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, (lower leg, hands, face or ears) correspond with different areas of the body. Working over these points, aims to release tension and promote a return to balance within the body. It is suitable for all ages from the very young to the elderly and provides a natural way to support your health and wellbeing.
Reflexology practitioners work holistically encouraging clients to observe how lifestyle choices could also help promote healthy living and wellbeing alongside the treatment sessions. The emphasis of a treatment is on relaxation, and it is only necessary to remove shoes and socks.
Many people use Reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body to counteract stress. The therapy may help us to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level there by encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of our lives.
Reflexologists aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients. Reflexology is not intended to substitute medical advice or the relationship you have with your medical practitioner. If you suspect you have a health problem your first port of call should be your GP. Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.
What happens when I have a treatment?
On the first visit a consultation will take place in order to determine your past and present state of health and lifestyle.
It is only necessary to remove tights/socks and shoes to allow access to the feet. Once settled, you don’t need to move until the end of the treatment, allowing for complete relaxation. Should you wish to move however the treatment is flexible. Your comfort and ability to relax is always paramount.
The feet are gently wiped down and an appropriate natural wax blend is massaged into the feet. The treatment consists of a general massage of the feet, followed by stimulation to the reflexes in specific areas of the feet, ankles and toes.
A treatment lasts for approximately 50 minutes and there will be an additional consultation.
A course of treatments may be recommended. The application and effect of each treatment is unique to the individual and any possible side effects will be discussed prior to the Reflexology.
A little bit of History
Whilst the art of Reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, it was not introduced to the West until Dr William Fitzgerald developed 'Zone therapy'. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known as Reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.