What is Refloxology?
Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to and massaging certain areas of the feet.
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. When this energy is free flowing we are healthy, balanced, and living in harmony with our environment on a mental, spiritual and physical level, if this energy flow becomes blocked illness can result.
Our bodies have the amazing ability to heal themselves given the right environment, a reflexology treatment aims to clear energy blockages, promote deep relaxation, and improve blood and lymph circulation so allowing the body to heal itself.
History of Refloxology
Ancient history indicates that reflexology was originally practised in Egypt, India and China.
Reflexology as we know it today began as a theory called Zone Therapy, conceived by Dr. William Fitzgerald in the early 1900s.
He initially discovered that pressure on specific parts of the body could have an anaesthetising effect on a related area. Developing this theory he divided the body into ten equal vertical zones which ended in the fingers and toes and concluded that pressure in one part of a zone could affect everything else in that zone Eunice Ingham, took the concept further and refined zone therapy into reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrors congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body.
Reflexology has shown to be beneficial for:
- Back Pain
- Stress Related Conditions
- Sleep Disorders
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Preventative Healthcare Therapy
Many people use reflexology to counteract stress through relaxation of the mind and body. It may help towards good physical, mental and emotional health and encourage you to maintain health in all areas of your life.
Reflexology can benefit almost everyone, and an increasing number of people are using this safe, natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonising the body.
What can I expect during a Reflexology Session?
Reflexology sessions are fairly straightforward and an uncomplicated process. On your first session you will discuss your medical history with the practitioner first, to establish any underlying health problems and what you wish to gain from the sessions.
You will then be seated in a reclining chair and asked to remove your shoes and socks. The practitioner will then make an initial examination of the feet before beginning to apply pressure with the fingers and thumbs to certain areas.
Reflexology is not painful, however certain areas of the feet may feel more tender than others, depending on what area of the body they correspond with. Sensitivity will vary from person to person, and the practitioner will adjust the amount of pressure applied accordingly.
After a reflexology session your feet will feel warm and you will experience a general feeling of relaxation. Often people can feel sleepy as a result of being so relaxed.
How often and how long?
An average session will last around 45 minutes to an hour. The number of sessions required depends on the condition being treated, but your practitioner will discuss this with you. The relaxing effect of Reflexology will be felt after the first session, but noticing benefits on other parts of the body may take longer.