Reflexology can be traced back over 5,000 years with the earliest records having been found in picture form on the walls of Egyptian tombs. It was first introduced to the western world as zone therapy in the early 20th century by Dr William Fitzgerald who discovered that using pressure on different points of the hands, feet. face and ears could promote relaxation and pain relief elsewhere in the body, thus improving wellbeing. This was further developed in the 1930’s by Eunice Ingham and became what we now call Reflexology. She noted that congestion/tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
Reflexology is a holistic treatment, which means we are treating the whole body and can have the following benefits:
- Overall sense of relaxation
- Reduction in stress
- Boost to the immune system
- Pain relief
- Increase in energy levels
- Improved circulation
- Stimulates the Nervous System
We all lead such busy lives these days and illness, stress, injury or disease can lease to an imbalance in the body which can cause our energy pathways to be come blocked. With gentle pressure which we apply to points on either the feet or the hands, we are able to reduce these blockages thus allowing the energy to flow more freely, giving the body the ability to heal itself.
As a holistic practitioner, I look at supporting you are a whole person and promoting your wellbeing. I therefore do not diagnose, prescribe or cure. Everyone is different so it is impossible to know how an individual will react to a treatment. Most people will notice that they feel very relaxed, will sleep better and have an improved mood. Occasionally people report a mild headache, feeling tired or needing to go to the toilet more often. These are all normal reactions and should pass in 24 – 48 hours. We believe this can be part of the healing process.
During your initial consultation I will need to take a full medical history, along with some details about your general lifestyle. This will be reassessed at each subsequent treatment. There are some medical conditions where I will need you to seek permission from your GP before being able to proceed with treatment.
Treatment takes place lying down fully clothed with just your shoes and socks removed. I will cleanse your feet and then use some reflexology wax to facilitate the treatment. I will start with a relaxing foot massage and some deep breathing before beginning the treatment itself.
You should allow 50 – 60 minutes per treatment . In the most part you should expect a treatment to be relaxing and soothing but some tenderness may be felt if there are particular areas of congestion.
Reflexology can also be given to the hands and have the same benefits. This is particularly useful if you do not like having your feet touched or are suffering from Athletes Foot. A Hand Reflexology treatment will take 30 minutes.