All treatments begin with a thorough confidential consultation. Details of medical history and lifestyle are recorded. In some instances your doctor will have to be consulted before therapy goes ahead.
Reflexology is suitable for most people but in certain situations it is advisable to avoid it.
Your Reflexology session lasts for approximately 1 hour.
You will be invited to relax on a therapy couch after removing your footwear.
Your feet will be cleaned at the start of the session and the reflexology techniques will be applied to your feet.
As people are unique, the session will be individual to you.
Each time you attend a reflexology session, your needs will have changed and the Reflexologist will adapt the session to suit those needs.
Advanced Reflexologists sometimes include work on the hands and feet.
Benefits of reflexology can include:
Reduced stress, deep relaxation, increased energy levels, release of the body’s own pain relievers (endorphins), improved circulation, improved lymphatic system and hence removal of impurities from the body, a stronger immune system and a feeling of balance and well-being.
After the treatment
To gain maximum benefit it is advisable to rest – this allows the body’s own healing process to take place.
Drink plenty of water to help flush out the toxins that have been release by the reflexology.
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History of Reflexology
Reflexology, translated literally, is the study of the ‘reflexes’ which are involuntary, unconscious responses to stimuli.
The practise of Reflexology is based on the principle that reflexes or areas of the feet, hands and other parts of the body relate to internal organs and other structures (Crane 1997).
Reflexology is a way of activating the body’s own healing power and is a recently “rediscovered” ancient therapy.
In 1887 a tomb was discovered in Egypt (the ‘Physicians Tomb’) which dates back to 2330 BC.
On the wall of the tomb were pictures of people appearing to be receiving some kind of foot and hand treatment, thought to be either foot massage or a form of reflexology.
Ancient Roman writings describe healing methods which are what we know today as ‘Reflex Zone’therapy. Massaging of Reflex Zones is known to have been practiced by Native American tribes and according to Wagner(1987) was refined by the Incas and handed down over 1000,s of years.
Today Reflex Zone massage is still practiced by Native Americans living on reserves. They use it to heal disease but mainly for pain relief (Wagner 87). It was from these practices that Dr.William Fitzgerald brought ‘Zone Therapy’to our modern world.
Fitzgerald (1872-1942), an ear, nose and throat specialist, discovered ‘Zone Therapy’ whilst operating on his patients. He found that when he applied pressure to certain areas of the body, pain relief would result in another part.He had rediscovered the ancient art of Acupressure.
He developed a new ‘Zone System’ by dividing the body into ten zones from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. Eunice Ingham developed this theory further by mapping out the zones on the feet.
Reflexologists, using their thumbs and fingers, apply a variety of techniques to apply pressure to the reflexes. The aim is to restore balance and release blocked subtle energy.
Advanced Reflexologists are also trained to work on the hands and the ears.