Reflexology

Footprints in the sand

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a therapy in which the feet are stimulated by specific massage techniques to effect changes in the body.

Although there is scriptural evidence to suggest that reflexology was being practised as far back as ancient Egypt, the science of reflexology used today was founded by Dr William Fitzgerald, an American ear nose and throat surgeon. He noticed that pressure on specific areas of the body produced a anaesthetising effect on a related area. Developing his theory, he divided the body into ten equal zones which ended in the feet and hands.

In the 1930's a massage therapist called Eunice Ingham refined Dr Fitzgerald's zones and developed what is now known as 'reflexology'. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrored congestion or tension in a related part of the body. Therefore, treating the areas of the feet could have a relaxing and healing effect on different organs and tissues inside the body.

How can reflexology help me?

Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.

How does it work?

Reflexology is sometimes known as Zone Therapy as the body is divided into different zones represented by a point in the foot or hand. Nerve endings are imbedded in the feet and hands that then travel to the spinal cord and to various parts of the body. Stimulating these nerve endings thereby helps promote relaxation, improve circulation, stimulate vital organs in the body and encourage the body's natural healing processes. Sometimes lactic acid can be felt in the foot in the form of little crystals. This is a sediment due to poor eating or lack of exercise and can be crushed and reabsorbed into the body thereby allowing the lymph system to eliminate the waste product.

What does treatment involve?

A detailed case history will be taken on your first visit. You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks and sit on a treatment couch or special reclining chair.
The treatment will involve a short relaxation massage before moving into the reflexology session which involves light, but firm, compression massage to the soles and uppers of your feet possibly using talc and ends with a similar relaxation massage
It is a very precise treatment as the reflex points are very small. The treatment should feel pleasant and relaxing, there may be areas of the foot which feel a little tender and these will correlate with the problem areas in the body.

How long will my treatment last?

A Reflexology session can take up to an hour and usually 4 - 6 sessions are recommended for optimum results, this will however depend upon the conditions and length of time they have been present.

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