What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a holistic non-invasive complementary therapy, which works on the principle that a specific pressure and technique is applied to the feet and/or hands corresponding to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Stimulating these areas can assist well-being in a safe and natural way. The aim of reflexology is to release any blockages and to restore the free flow of energy within the body.
Reflexology may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions by:
• Easing digestive disorders
• Supporting women’s health including menstrual problems and hormonal imbalance
• Working on stress and anxiety related conditions
• Relieving pain
• Thyroid problems
As a Reflexologist I do not claim to diagnose or cure any illnesses. I believe in working alongside general medical practitioners to promote balance and well-being. Reflexology should never be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.
History of Reflexology
The history of Reflexology dates back to ancient civilizations across the world. The earliest evidence comes from the tomb of an Egyptian physician, dated 2500BC. In the early 1900’s Dr William Fitzgerald discovered that by applying pressure on certain parts of the body it would have a numbing effect on another part of the body. This work was continued and refined into what we now know today as Reflexology. This was further developed by Eunice Ingham ( 1889-1974) through her work as a physiotherapist. She started to map the organs and systems of the body and noted the effect that digital pressure on certain areas of the feet had on health related issues and conditions. Her work forms the basis of modern reflexology teaching to date.