What is Reflexology?

The origin of reflexology or ‘zone therapy’ as it is called still remains a mystery. In his book, ‘Zone Therapy’, Dr William Fitzgerald states that a ‘..form of treatment by means of pressure points was known in India and China 5,000 years ago. Another conjecture is that it began in Egypt. Evidence for this stems from an Egyptian tomb drawing dating back to 2330 BC. The drawing depicts four people, one person is being treated with a foot massage and a second person with a hand massage. Others credit its birth to the Incas, a people who belonged to a very ancient Peruvian civilisation possibly reaching back to 12,000 BC. It is speculated that they passed down their knowledge of zone therapy to the Native American Indians who are still using this treatment today.

In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham further developed this zone therapy into what is now known as reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body. When energy currents that flow through the body build up at certain points they create an accumulation of energy or blockage, at those points. Referred to as energy blocks they interrupt the smooth flow of energy throughout the body, causing the pain, disorder, disease or whichever problem requires healing.

How will reflexology help me?

Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healing balance. Reflexology has been shown to be effective for:

  • Back pain
  • Migraines
  • Infertility
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sports injuries
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Digestive disorders
  • Stress related conditions
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Drug dependencies

Who can benefit from reflexology?

Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. After a completed course of reflexology treatment for a specific condition many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being.

Many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind & body and counteracting stress. Many doctors, consultants and other healthcare professionals recognise reflexology as a well-established and respected therapy.

With ever increasing levels of stress, it is important that people take more responsibility for their own health care needs. Reflexology helps us cope on the physical, mental and emotional levels, thereby encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of our lives.

What happens when I go for a treatment?

On the first visit, the reflexologist will speak with you about your present health, lifestyle and any past health issues. The reflexologist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet. The application and effect of the therapy are unique to each person. A professionally trained reflexologist can detect subtle changes in specific points on the feet and by working on these points affect the corresponding organ or system of the body. Treatment usually last about 45 minutes. A course of treatments may be recommended depending on your body’s needs.

How will I feel after treatment?

After one or two treatments your body will respond in a very definite way. Most people report a feeling of relaxation. Sometimes people report a feeling of lethargy, nausea or tearfulness, but this is transitory and part of the healing process.

It is important to tell your reflexologist how you are feeling after treatment as they can then tailor the subsequent treatments to your every need.