Reflexology is a very simple, safe and effective therapy based on the premise that various reflex points on the feet, hands and ears represent all the organs, parts and glands in the body. By stimulating those points with a variety of specialised finger, thumb and knuckle techniques there will be a direct effect upon the corresponding organ.
Reflexology promotes the most profound relaxation and initiates the body’s own healing response, and is effective as both a treatment option as well as a preventative measure to help maintain long-term health.
The first recorded history of reflexology was around 2500 BC, as an inscription and pictograph resembling current reflexology charts found on the tomb wall of a physician in Ancient Egypt. Reflexology only began to develop its popularity, however, at the beginning of the 19th century, after American Dr W. Fitzgerald and Physiotherapist Eunice Ingham began to experiment by applying pressure to various parts of the feet and hands and recording the effects. Dr Fitzgerald noted that by applying firm pressure to a particular part of a finger, he could bring about a mild anaesthetic effect enabling him to perform minor surgery. The first modern day chart of reflexology was produced shortly afterwards.
Reflexologists do not diagnose, prescribe or treat specific conditions, instead they work holistically, which means they take into account the mental, emotional and physical needs of a client and work all the systems and areas of the foot every time. This allows the body to respond naturally and take from the work whatever it needs.
During treatment a Reflexologist will usually feel any imbalance in an organ or area of the body as little ‘crystals’ under the skin, while the client may feel mild discomfort as the area is being worked on. The aim of a practitioner is to break down this congestion using the various finger and thumb techniques and allow the body to come back into balance.
Reflexology is extremely beneficial for helping with muscular/skeletal problems, (especially back or neck problems), digestive disorders, reproductive and fertility issues, respiratory conditions and especially stress. It is used by many as a preventative or maintenance program and is suitable for people of all ages from babies to the elderly.