Benefits

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The idea behind reflexology is that the body’s organs and structures are mapped out in miniature on the foot. By applying finger and thumb pressure to those reflexes, a reflexologist can tell if the body is congested or blocked. Congestion or blockages are caused by stress, illness, fatigue and tension and prevent the organ from working as efficiently as it should do. If just one part of the body is not working efficiently it affects the whole of the body throwing it out of balance. Therefore congestion is removed bringing the body back into balance and allowing it to work to its optimal level again.

Reflexology can be used as a diagnostic tool alongside conventional medicine and as a therapy for treating many common ailments and stress. Reflexology treats the whole person not just the prevailing symptoms.

WHATS IT’S HISTORY?

The art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, China and India where various pressure therapies were practised at least 5000 years ago. In 1913 Dr William Fitzgerald discovered that the reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas within a particular zone in the body. He introduced this therapy to the West and called it Zone Therapy. In the 1930s he taught the Zone Therapy to a massage therapist called Eunice Ingham. She developed the therapy further developing her own routine involving pressure points on the feet. She called her perfected method reflexology. Reflexology was further developed in the 1930s by Eunice Ingham. Reflexology was eventually introduced to the UK in the 1960s.

WHO CAN BENEFIT?

Reflexology can benefit everyone from the elderly to babies. It can benefit general good health and well being as well as bringing relief from many acute and chronic conditions. The amount of treatments will vary from person to person. Often effects are experienced after one treatment but generally a course of treatments is recommended to bring about significant change to a particular condition. Many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and wellbeing.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Reflexology can help to maintain good health,restore and balance the body helping you to work as efficiently as you should be. There are many benefits including:-

  • Improving mental and physical wellbeing.

  • Deeply relaxing

  • Reduces stress

  • Releasing tension held within the body

  • Feeling better able to cope with lifes demands.

  • Improves elimination of toxins.

  • Prevents further illness

  • Achieving pregnancy

Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe but reflexology has shown to be effective for:-

  • Migraines and headaches

  • Back pain

  • Fertility

  • Sleep disorders

  • Arthritis

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Digestive disorders

  • Anxiety and Stress related illnesses

  • Sports injuries

DOES IT HURT?

Reflexology does not hurt but some areas of the foot may be more tender than others. The more tender the area is the more congested it is.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TREATMENT?

You will complete a medical questionnaire with your therapist covering everything about your lifestyle and health. You will then be asked to remove your shoes andsocks and then seated in a reclining position. The therapist will examine your feel and commence the treatment with a relaxing massage moving on to the acutal treatment finishing off with a further massage.

VERTICAL REFLEXOLOGY

Vertical reflexology also known as VRT is carried out on the top of the feet whilst the client is standing.  Its technique treats orthopedic and other conditions while feet are weight bearing. Precise points for example for the neck shoulder or back are worked on and the results are impressive ie. pain is released quickly and effectively. VRT can be carried out on its own in a twenty minute session) or as of the original treatment. 

VRT is an essential tool for every reflexologist and has been featured in the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Sunday Express, Zest, Health and Fitness, Metro and Here’s Health.