Reflexology is a complementary therapy which has its origins in Ancient Egypt, China and India, although it did not emerge in the West until the early 20th Century, when Dr William Fitzgerald’s work on linking reflex areas in the hands and feet to other parts of the body was introduced as ‘zone therapy’ in 1913. This theory was then further developed by Eunice Ingham, into reflexology as it is more commonly recognised today.
Both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and reflexology are based on the theory that the body has a number of energy channels running through it, starting and ending in the feet and hands. In TCM, these energy channels are known as meridians. Blockages along these channels can be indicative of stress or ill health. Reflexology uses pressure to stimulate different reflex points on the feet or hands, which correspond to different parts of the body. Therefore, by stimulating reflex points on the feet and hands, the whole body, including all its organs and systems, can be treated. By integrating Meridian Therapy and reflexology, it may be possible to enhance treatment and understanding of emotional and physical states.
How can Reflexology help me?
Reflexology is a holistic treatment which aims to help restore and maintain the body’s own natural healthy balance, by relieving tension, improving circulation and eliminating toxins. It is suitable for all ages, and may bring relief from a wide range of conditions. It can be used alongside conventional medical care to help improve wellbeing.
What happens during a treatment?
Before your first treatment commences, I will complete an initial consultation with you in order to get a picture of your current lifestyle, and any past or present health issues.
The treatment itself requires removal of shoes and socks, before you lie back in a reclining chair, or lay on a treatment couch (whichever is your preference), while I use my hands to apply gentle pressure on your feet. Or, if you prefer, you may have a hand reflexology treatment. The treatment will last approximately 50 minutes.
Client’s usually feel relaxed during, and following, a reflexology treatment. Have a look at my Healing Reaction page for further information on how your body might respond to treatment. Remember, this is your time to relax, away from the stresses and strains of modern life – so lie back and enjoy!