With World Reflexology Week beginning in a few days, I thought I would share with you all this blog about all things reflexology. I hope you enjoy it.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology (also occasionally referred to as zone therapy) is a non-intrusive, complementary therapy; it is a specialised massage of the feet, hands or ears.
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’. Dr Fitzgerald 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 certain points on your feet correspond to the organs, glands tissues and muscles in your body and that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body and that by massaging and applying pressure to certain areas of your feet you can treat, and heal problems elsewhere in the body.
How Does Reflexology Work?
Reflexology is an holistic treatment that stimulates the body’s own healing responses.
Reflexologists believe that the body is made up Qi, also known as energy channels.
If you are unwell or feeling pain then it is thought that your energy channels are blocked. By massaging or applying pressure to the relative point on the foot it is hoped the blockage will clear and the energy should flow freely again.
Is Reflexology Suitable for Me?
Reflexology is suitable for virtually everybody! From newborn babies to those receiving end-of-life care and everybody in between! There may occasionally be times when an alternative treatment might suit you better but, rest assured, as a qualified professional I will carry out a comprehensive consultation and ensure you enjoy the best treatment for you.
What is Reflexology Good For?
Reflexology is an holistic treatment and as such treats the body as a ‘whole’ aiming to bring harmony, balance and equilibrium to mind, body and soul. Several studies have shown that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as stress and anxiety and enhance relaxation and sleep.
As well as being great for stress and stress-related conditions, reflexology is also believed to help with
- Muscle pain
- Back pain
- Tension headaches
- Post-operative pain
- Sports injuries
- Hormone imbalances
- Digestive disorders
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Cancer and chemotherapy induced nausea.
What Happens at my Reflexology Treatment?
Whilst reflexology can be carried out on the feet, hands, and ears, I work solely on the feet. (Pun intended!)
- After carrying out a consultation, you will be asked to remove any footwear and lie on the therapy couch. – imagine being cocooned in blankets on a warmed therapy couch, dimmed lighting, soft music playing in the background… Before I commence, your feet will be cleansed with warm mitts.
- The reflexology starts with assessing / reading the feet and some gentle relaxation moves to calm you and prepare you for the main event
- Using specialised moves I will then work on all the areas of the feet, applying gentle but firm pressure at specific points where there may be congestion or a blockage.The treatment concludes with a relaxation massage and work on the energy meridians and solar plexus.
What Happens After my Reflexology Treatment?
As with any complementary or holistic therapy, to get the most out of your treatment it is wise to schedule time to relax afterwards, drink plenty of water and enjoy the feelings of calmness.