Reflexology

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary therapy that works on the basis that our entire body is mirrored on our hands and feet.  We can connect to any area in the body via its reflex on the hand or foot. For example, the top of the big toe relates to the head and brain. By detecting and clearing blockages through  specific pressure techniques to the feet (and hands) we can rebalance the body’s systems so that it will heal itself.

Techniques will use compression, stretch and pressure with hands, fingers and thumbs to particular areas of the feet to stimulate healing.

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Touch and pressure to  the 7,200 nerve endings in our feet trigger signals to the nervous system to rebalance any bodily system out of synch.

Personally, I found the benefits of reflexology remarkable. With weekly sessions, my sleep was deeper and improved, I had more energy, a brighter mood and my periods were easier.

What are the benefits OF REFLEXOLOGY?

  • Relaxation and improved sleep

  • Boosted circulation

  • Balanced hormones

  • Increased vitality

  • Strengthened immune system

  • Calmer body and MOOD

  • Better digestion and detoxification

  • Improved awareness and connection to your body

If an organ is slow and sluggish, reflexology can gently stimulate it to become more efficient whilst if an organ has become stressed and overactive, it can be soothed and calmed. In this way, the whole body can perform better; every system and organ communicating in harmony as a whole.

Reflexology may help WITH issues such as:

  • Stress and nervous conditions

  • anxiety and depression

  • Colds and flu

  • Chronic conditions such as M.E. and M.S.

  • Digestive disorders

  • Hormone imbalances and painful periods

  • Pain relief

  • fertility  and pregnancy symptoms

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia AND POOR SLEEP

  • Asthma

  • Migraine / headaches

Clients comment that they feel a relaxation even deeper than massage and they can experience relief from long-held symptoms.

It is of course not a substitute for medical care but can be received alongside mainstream healthcare.

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A Basic Reflexology Map of the soles of the feet: the right foot corresponds to the right side of the body and the left foot to the left side.

WHAT WILL THE TREATMENT BE LIKE?

I will examine your feet (or hands) and then while the consultation takes place, your feet will soak in a warm foot bath. During the treatment, you will lie fully clothed (minus shoes and socks) on a comfortable wide massage table with knees and ankles supported and a warm blanket over you, with your feet covered in a large towel. Now it’s time for deep relaxation as I apply massage and pressure techniques to all areas of your feet and work on the reflexes that need the most attention – many people will drift off into sleep.

Some people worry that their feet are in a bad state, as long as you have no injuries (large open wounds) reflexology is fine. It is likely to improve the condition of hard skin and poor circulation. Plus, the condition of your feet can help to understand what is going on in your body and mind. If there is any reason not to treat your feet,  we can always offer hand reflexology which is equally effective.

Hand reflexology

Although working on the feet can be preferable as the larger surface area makes it easier to identify and work through the reflexes deeply, I can offer hand reflexology as a useful alternative if:

  • You have injuries on your feet
  • You have nerve damage to your feet
  • You dislike having your feet worked on

It is also handy to learn for quicker self-treatment, for easier access while you are travelling or at work. I like to show clients some DIY techniques so that you can help any ailment you may have, to activate the reflex points in-between sessions and for the future.


What are the origins of Reflexology?

The origins of reflexology are diverse; from Egypt, China and India as far back as 2330 BC. In China in the 4th century, reflexology was used in conjunction with acupuncture to stimulates the energy flows or Qi of the body.

Reflexology in the West has its origins in the study of neurophysiology and Zone Therapy, developed by Dr William Fitzgerald (1872-1942). This divides the body into ten equal vertical zones running through the body. This was then developed in the United States by Eunice Ingham (1889-1974) who precisely mapped out the reflex points by thorough research. She discovered that congestion of crystal deposits in areas of the hands and feet related to congestion in the body.

Since then, reflexology has strengthened its connections to Chinese medicine, sharing the basis of energy meridians running through the body. It is becoming an ever-increasingly popular therapy to restore health and well-being. Scientific evidence has proven its powerful benefits and reflexology is now available on the NHS in the UK in some areas.