What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a drug-free, holistic and non-surgical approach to healing and wellness.
The art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China. The therapy was introduced to the West in the early 1900s, when Dr William Fitzgerald developed 'Zone therapy'. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to corresponding areas and organs of the body within the same zone. In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what we recognise as modern Reflexology. The principles work equally well on the feet, hands and face.
Put simply, reflexology is a deep, healing foot treatment that's really so much more than just a massage.
Reflexlogy is not a quick fix. The reason for this is that problems may have been occuring in the body for many years and therefore, it can take time to achieve homeostasis. Therefore it is advisable to be treated over several weeks - as such I offer discounts on bulk purchasing 4 hours or 8 hours.
It has many benefits which could include:
- - helping relaxation
- - encouraging the body to heal
- - releasing tension and encouraging stress relief
- - improving the immune system
- - helping with seasonal allergies
- - encouraging better circulation
- - improving bowel movement
- - helping the body eliminate waste, by clearing it of toxins
- - improving nerve stimulation
- - relieving pain
- - improving sleep
- - support during menopause
- - enhancing mood
- - balancing hormones
- - increasing the feeling of wellbeing
How reflexology works...
There are 7,000 nerve endings on each foot, so working on the feet can trigger a relaxation response. Reflexology also increases circulation which can help to support the body right down to the cellular level.
Specific areas on the feet and hands (the reflexes) correspond to different parts of the body and by applying pressure to all these reflexes in a sequence, the body's natural flow of energy is balanced, restored and maintained. This increase in energy clears any congestion, removes toxins and encourages the body's own healing ability.
Reflexology focuses on the balancing, calming or stimulation of reflexes using only pressure provided by fingers, thumbs and knuckles in a manner prescribed by a Code of Practice and the individual needs of the client.
Reflexologists can not diagnose or claim to cure any medical conditions
A review of 168 research studies found that reflexology can increase blood flow to organs, enhance organ function, lower high blood pressure, reduce anxiety, cause positive changes in brain wave patterns, and reduce pain linked to arthritis, kidney stones, and diabetic neuropathy. It can alleviate the pain of migraines and tension headaches and other forms of chronic and acute pain.
The 9 main benefits can be summed up as:
- Gives total relaxation: Reflexology could slow down your heart rate, lower blood pressure, slow your breathing rate, encourage deep breathing, reduce stress and relieve depression.
- Detoxifies and eliminates toxins: This helps you in several different ways - boosting energy, strengthening the immune system, anti-ageing and improving the sense of wellbeing.
- Promotes balancing: Whatever health issues you are having, reflexology could help to balance or at least help you manage it effectively.
- Improves nerve conduction: Reflexology stimulates over 7,000 nerves in the feet and encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways. It interrupts pain pathways and reduces pain.
- Promotes psychological well-being: When stressed our bodies become more susceptible to illness and disease. Reflexology reduces stress and provides total relaxation. Once the treatment starts, the relaxation begins.
- Promotes pain relief: Reflexology has been shown to help with all kinds of pain, from migraine to a sore back. It helps to stimulate the production of endorphins, which promote our sense of well-being.
- Improves circulation of blood and energy: Free flow of blood to the entire body is required to transport oxygen and nutrients to the cells as well as removing metabolic wastes and toxins. Many studies show reflexology increases blood flow and relaxes the overall body.
- Improves immune role: Reflexology stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps us fight infections. It helps remove toxins and increases our immune system's effectiveness.
- Promotes a well-balanced mind, body, and spirit: Health isn’t merely the absence of disease or symptoms; it is a state of optimal wellbeing, vitality, and wholeness. Reflexology's holistic approach helps to balance our mind, body and spirit so that healing can happen.