WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?
The knowledge of the relationship between foot reflexes and internal organs can be traced
as far back as 5,000 years from ancient scripts from India and China. Drawings have been found in the
Egyptian Tombs, the most well-known being the pictograph depicting reflexology foot massage which was
d in the tomb of the Physician Ankmahe. Reflexology is the earliest form of acupressure.
American Indians are said to have received their understanding from the Incas and are one of the last remaining cultures still using these
techniques for pain relief, and still believe today that
“through the feet walking on the earth you are connected with the Universe”.
As far back as the 14th century, a technique known as Pressure Therapy was practised in the middle countries, and it is recorded that
it was used by all the classes on themselves and on each other. A russian, Ivan Pavlov discovered through his studies
that there was a direct connection between stimulus and response when using ‘Zone Therapy’, many Russians still use Reflexology
with general medical care. There have been many studies and Drs who have researched the effects of applying pressure to
points and their effect on the body, eventually in the 1900’s an American, Dr Fitzgerald is known to be the first doctor to take
all historic and modern theories and research these scientifically, he then developed Zone Therapy, the way Reflexology Practitioners
Dividing the body into 10 Zones and corresponding them to reflexes on the feet and hands, he found he was able to control pain
in patients during minor operations. One of Dr Fitgerald’s students, Dr Riley and his wife then took this further defining
the Zones and wrote four books on the subject. However, it was an American physiotherapist who trained alongside Dr Riley
who took Zone Therapy one step further. Her name is Eunace Ingham and her foot massage used on hospital patients composed of very small compression
movements, breaking down crystalline deposits that had built up in the foot, eliminating toxins and improving circulation.
The patients started to report improved health and speedier recovery from operations, resulting in the reduced need
for painkillers and avoiding post operative depression. Eunace charted the first maps of the feet and travelled around for over 30 years
teaching and promoting the benefits of this therapy and has written “Stories The Feet Can Tell”. She is recognised today as
the founder of Foot Reflexology, since then many books have been written and studies made in Reflexology and the scientific community
today are discovering more and more just how effective this therapy is for so many conditions.
HOW DOES REFLEXOLOGY WORK?
The technique is a pressure massage of the reflex points on hands or feet, called a compression movement and is applied
by the thumb or finger walking.
A reflex point is the area of the foot or hand where the stimulus is applied, these points correspond to various areas of
the body. The reflex is passed to the body via a nerve pathway or meridian to organs, muscles, glands or joints stimulating
or sedating energy in the body part. The body then does it’s own work to rebalance and return to homeostasis.
The nerve reflexes in the foot can be tender telling the therapist that there may be an imbalance in that corresponding part of the body.
Crystallisation forms in the same area from excess acids (toxins) impairing the circulation of the fluids to and from the feet, they are also believed to
block the meridians (energy lines), causing pain disorder or disease. Pain is the body’s alarm, an unpleasant reaction to massive
stimulation of the sensory nerves, the pain felt in the reflexes is not an enemy and many clients refer to it as a “good pain” and helps to indicate where there
is an imbalance. With Reflexology, early stages of disease can be detected and treatment given to prevent more symptoms developing.
WHO CAN RECEIVE A REFLEXOLOGY TREATMENT?
Just about anyone, any age (including children and expectant mothers after the first 3 months). It is a safe, relaxing and non-intrusive therapy and I am particularly keen to promote the fact that there are many children who suffer from conditions that can be greatly helped by Reflexology but many people allow these conditions to carry on hoping that they’ll “grow out of it” but Reflexology can vastly improve and sometimes clear the condition, any therapy is practiced with the parent present at all times.
There are some contra-indications to the therapy, but most conditions can be treated as long as due care and attention is given. All contra-indications would be discussed in full at the consultation before any treatment is given.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REFLEXOLOGY?
These are the most common benefits:
Improved, more Relaxed Sleep
Increase in Circulation and Temperature
Increase in the elimination of Toxins from the Body
More Settled Digestion and more Regular Bowel motions
Release of emotional tension, irritation, frustration.
Reduction of Fluid Retention
CONDITIONS WHICH CAN BENEFIT FROM REFLEXOLOGY:
COLDS, INFLUENZA, SINUS PROBLEMS, RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS including HAY FEVER
HEADACHES, MIGRAINE, PMS, PMT, MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS, LOW ENERGY LEVELS, FERTILITY, HORMONE IMBALANCES,PAIN RELIEF IN JOINTS AND MUSCLES, NECK, BACK and SHOULDERS
DEPRESSION, STRESS, ANXIETY, SLEEP DISORDERS, IBS & DIGESTIVE DISORDERS, RECENT INJURIES, CIRCULATORY DISORDERS
More Scientific research is being undertaken every year and more and more proven benefits for many other conditions are being uncovered by the scientific community all the time.
A foot bath with essential oils will be offered after the first treatment and consultation, which can further enhance the healing process.