What Is Reflexology?
Reflexology is an ancient art first practiced by the early Indian, Chinese and Egyptian peoples. This therapy was introduced to the West in 1913 by Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose and throat surgeon after he noted the anaesthetising effect on the body by the application of pressure and he went on to develop the body zone theory. In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham developed and refined the zone theory into what is now known as foot Reflexology.
Can Reflexology Help You?
The body has the ability to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, the body is in a state of ‘imbalance’ and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. By the application of gentle pressure on the feet, the Reflexologist can help to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and encourage healing. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet and by working on these points the Reflexologist can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased, circulation is stimulated and the body’s elimination process is improved. The gentle art of Reflexology encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace.
Who Can Benefit From Reflexology?
As Reflexology treats the whole person, not the symptoms, most people benefit from treatment. Reflexology can bring relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions and is suitable for all ages. Once the body’s equilibrium has been restored, regular treatments of Reflexology can help to maintain health and well-being.
What Happens During And After Reflexology?
On your first visit the Reflexologist will carry out a consultation. The Reflexologist then begins work on your feet noting problem areas. There may be some discomfort in the problem areas, but it is fleeting and is an indication of congestion or imbalance in a corresponding part of the body. For the most part, Reflexology is a pleasant and soothing sensation, whilst stimulating the body’s own healing mechanisms. After the first one or two Treatments, your body may respond in a very definite way. You may have a feeling of well-being and relaxation or you may feel lethargic, slightly nauseous or tearful. You may also feel like the onset of a head cold for a few hours the day following a treatment. This is only transitory and is an indication that the Reflexology treatment is working, by releasing toxins held within the body, which are now being eliminated by the body’s natural processes.