What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the stimulation of the reflex areas found on our feet that link every organ and system in our body. It is thought to have originated in China more than 5000 years ago. Dr William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose and throat specialist, introduced this pressure therapy to the west in about 1913.

Reflexology is a natural healing science based on the principal that the anatomy of the body is reflected in reflex zones on the feet and hands. Our feet mirror all the parts of our body in minature, giving the therapist a detailed 'map'. The right foot corresponds to the right side of our body, and the left foot with the left side. By working with these reflex zones, the therapist can treat our whole body.

Reflexology is a specialised energetic treatment, using controlled pressure from the therapist's hands to break down crystal deposits. This unblocks the nerve pathway circuits allowing them to flow freely once more. It causes physiological changes to take place, and consequently encourages improved circulation and lymphatic drainage, better health and increased vitality.

It is widely believed that illness occurs when the 'energy channels' in our body become blocked, causing damage to one area or another. Massage aims to eliminate these blocks, allowing the energy to flow freely once more, and so healing any damage. Treating the whole foot can have a relaxing and healing effect on the whole body.

This simple, non-invasive technique can bring relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. These include migraine, sinus problems, hormonal imbalances, breathing, digestive and circulatory problems, back problems, tension and stress. Reflexology is suitable and safe for all ages.

What can I expect in a reflexology session?

The reflexologist will take a detailed medical history at your first visit. You will then relax in a reclining chair, whilst foot massage is firmly applied to your bare feet. Any areas of the body which are out of balance, will feel tender or uncomfortable in varying degrees, on the corresponding area of the foot. However, during massage, this will not be a painful experience, and by the end of the treatment you should feel nicely relaxed.


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