What is Reflexology?
Reflexology involves massage and pressure techniques using the thumbs and fingers on the reflex areas found in the feet and hands.
It is based on the principle that reflexes in the feet and hands correspond to each organ and structure in the body. These reflexes are like ‘mini maps’ of the body and are linked to those organs by energy channels, zones or meridians.
When illness occurs in the body, the corresponding energy channels become blocked, and Reflexology is applied to help the body to remove these blockages, allowing the energy to flow freely again, so restoring the body's natural balance and good health.
It is a wonderfully relaxing holistic treatment.
Reflexology can be used to help treat many conditions including:
Digestive disorders e.g. IBS
Migraine / headaches
Joint / back pain
Stress related conditions
Pregnancy - after the first trimester and a valuable tool during labour and the birth process.
Reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, and was practised in India and China. The therapy was introduced to the West in 1913 by ear, nose and throat surgeon Dr William Fitzgerald, who developed a system called '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 and used acupuncture needles on the feet to achieve anaesthesia on other areas of the body for surgery.
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 and by treating the feet these could be relieved.
It has been practiced in the UK since the 1960’s and has become more and more popular and established as a complementary therapy.