What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary therapy, born out of the ancient art of therapeutic foot massage. It is thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt, but was also practised by diverse cultures across the globe including the Ancient Chinese, Indians and Native Americans. The modern form we know today was developed by Eunice Ingham in the 1930’s, following on from the ‘zone therapy’ work of Dr William Fitzgerald in the early part of the 20th century.
It is based on the theory that reflex points on the feet, hands and face correspond to parts of the body including organs, nerves and glands. When tension or congestion is found in part of the foot, it tends to be reflected in the related part of the body. Click on the footmap on the right to view the foot reflexology points and what they correspond to.
Reflexology involves applying gentle pressure to these reflex areas, with a view to creating a direct response in the related part of the body. Treatment induces a state of deep relaxation and encourages the body to stimulate its own healing processes.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy which treats at the level of body, mind and spirit so that the whole person benefits and not just the prevailing symptoms. It brings a sense of balance, harmony and well-being. Reflexology is suitable for people of all ages and is often used to counter-act stress.
To find out more about reflexology, contact me, or visit the Association of Reflexologists online at www.aor.org.uk.