What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a non intrusive complimentary therapy that works through using various massage and pressure techniques on points of the feet and hands known as reflex points. These points are said to correspond to different organs and systems of the body and by using pressure on these points, it promotes deep relaxation and stimulates the body’s own healing abilities on a physical and emotional level.
It is an ancient therapy that has been practiced for over 5000 years by many civilisations.Its origins date back to ancient Egypt, India and China. It was popularised in the West in the early 1900’s, mainly through the work of Dr William Fitzgerald and then by Eunice Ingham, who charted the feet in relation to the zones of the foot and their effects on the rest of the anatomy.
Reflexology is based on the theory that reflex points on the feet, hands, lower leg, face and ears correspond to various systems and organs of the body. During treatment pressure is applied to these points and areas which cause physiological changes to take place, as the body’s own healing potential is stimulated.
It is also thought that reflexology helps to adjust the body’s energy flow in order to keep the organs and glands in a constant state of balance. This focused form of acupressure and relaxation techniques is said to aid the circulatory system, help the body to release toxins and improve the function of the immune, muscular and nervous systems. While acting as a powerful therapeutic technique, it can also help to calm the emotions and assist the body in releasing tension.