- based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body.
- the firm but gentle massage and manipulation of reflex points in both feet to;
- relax the body
- ease the mind
- reassure the soul (C Stormer)
These points respond to pressure and activate the body's own healing and cleansing mechanisms, thereby bringing about a state of health and peace of mind.
Reflexology is considered to be a holistic healing technique that aims to treat the individual as a whole; it reaches the receiver on all levels - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual - to induce a state of balance and harmony.
The art of reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt, India and China. Most ancient cultures had some form of foot therapy. It wasn't until 1913 that Dr. William Fitzgerald introduced this therapy to the West as 'Zone Therapy'. He noted 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 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.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy, which works on the feet to help heal the whole person not just the prevailing symptoms.
"A Reflex Action"
The involuntary functioning or movement of any organ or part of the body in response to a particular stimulus. The function or action occurs immediately, without the involvement of the will or consciousness.
Benefits of Reflexology
- relieves/reduces stress and tension
- improves circulation
- balances the nervous system
- boosts lymphatic function thereby reducing oedema, toxicity and improving immunity.
- enhances the body's natural healing process and improves sleep
- stimulates sluggish, congested systems
- reduces pain
- increases energy and vitality
There are more than 7000 nerves stimulated when touching the feet and this encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways.
What Conditions can Reflexology Help?
The gentle therapy of reflexology encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance and has been shown to be effective for:
Pregnancy (12 weeks on)
Back pain & Siatica|
Neck and shoulder pain
Relaxation - the first step to better health
The primary benefit of reflexology is a deep state of relaxation, known as the alpha state. Reflexology, due to its profoundly relaxing nature, can bring relief directly to the area of the body where tension is held thereby easing and relieving symptoms. Regular sessions work gently to bring the entire body back to a state of wellness.
Reflexology is not used to diagnose conditons and is not a substitute for medical health care by a licensed medical health professional.
With reflexology, relaxation, peace of mind, energy, a body that functions harmoniously and effectively, can be part of everyone's life. Giving reflexology deepens relationships, inspires trust and brings people together, making communication easier and more open and loving.