Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet correspond with different areas of the body. By using a specific technique to stimulate these points healing and balance can be achieved. The treatment dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China – introduced to the West when Dr William Fitzgerald developed 'Zone therapy'. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known today as reflexology.
Can reflexology help me?
Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to the whole person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting well being. Commonly seen complaints include: stress-related issues, insomnia, bowel problems, poor energy levels, fertility issues and musculoskeletal pain.
Reflexology is believed to help the body to restore its balance naturally. After a treatment your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and your mood and sense of well being improve.
What happens when I go for a treatment?
A full medical history will be taken during the first treatment to get a good understanding of the patient's overall health. Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive; the socks and shoes are removed and a therapeutic cream is used during treatment.
The therapist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet. You may feel areas of transient discomfort during the treatment, but generally the experience should be very relaxing. A course of treatments is generally recommended but a one-off session can be beneficial depending on the individual patient.
How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?
It is useful to give feedback to the Reflexologist as this may show the response of your body to treatment. This in turn might help the Reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs. After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; however, sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is usually temporary and Reflexologists believe that it is part of the healing process.