A brief history of reflexology
Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, this therapy was not introduced to the West until Dr William Fitzgerald developed ‘Zone therapy’. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930’s, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known as reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body
Will reflexology help me?
Well trained reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. It is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing. Some people find it works for them – some don’t. The best way to find out is to try it!
The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally.
There have been some positive research projects carried out with reflexology; however, as yet, there is not a large enough body of evidence for us to make clinical claims of effectiveness.
Possible benefits are as follows;
· Total relaxation: Reflexology slow down your heart rate, lower blood pressure, slow your breathing rate, encourage deep breathing, reduce stress, relieve depression, and reduces heart attack & stroke risk.
· Detoxification and elimination of toxins: This helps you in several different ways; boost energy, stronger immune system, anti-aging, and improved sense of wellbeing.
· Improves nerve conduction: Reflexology stimulates over 7,000 nerves in the feet and encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways. Reflexology interrupts pain pathways and reduces pain.
· Promotes psychological well-being: Reflexology reduces stress.
· Relief any form of pain, from a migraine to joint pain.
· Improved circulation of blood and energy: Many studies show reflexology increases blood flow and relaxes the overall body, including cardiovascular system, which help pump blood naturally.
· Well-balanced mind, body, and spirit.
· Improved immune role: Reflexology stimulates the lymphatic system, thus reduce infection risk. Reflexology help remove toxins and induces the production of endorphins, leading to increase in immune power and sense of wellbeing.
· It may benefit conditions such as: Allergies, Arthritis, Asthma, Back pains, Blood Pressure abnormalities, Bowel disorders, Constipation, Eczema, Frozen Shoulder, Gynaecological problems, Insomnia, Knee pains, Muscle tension, Neck strain, PMS/Hormonal imbalance, Respiratory disorders, Sinusitis, Stress disorders, Thyroid problems and many more.
What happens when I go for a treatment?
Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive; the most clothing that will have to be removed for a treatment to take place will be your socks and shoes. The chair will be reclined to a comfortable position for you, the lights will be dimmed and relaxing music will be playing. If you wish, you can also use a heated eye-mask.
The therapist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet. You may feel areas of transient discomfort during the treatment, but generally the experience should be relaxing. It is useful to give feedback to the reflexologist as this may show the response of your body to treatment. This in turn might help the reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.
The therapist may recommend a course of treatments.
How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?
Reflexology can start showing benefits immediately as the massage starts. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; however, a few people report feeling tired, nauseous or tearful, but this is usually transitory and reflexologists believe that it is part of the healing process.
Drinking more water than normal can help to flush the toxins out of the system, aiding the detoxifying process. It is also recommended to avoid alcohol and avoid heavy meals immediately after treatment.
How much does it cost?
The 45 minute session costs £40.
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