What is Reflexology?

Reflexology has been used for many centuries, in varying forms to help treat and heal people and dates to 2300 BC when the earliest evidence of reflexology was recorded. Sir Henry Head was a great contributor to Reflexology as a therapy and he studied reflexes in his neurological studies in 1883. His friend Sir Charles Sherrington proved nerves coordinated and controlled bodily functions.

How-ever it wasn’t until 1917 when Dr William Fitzgerald (frequently referred to as the father of Reflexology) developed the theory and wrote about ten vertical zones that extended the length of the body. 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 United States of America, reflexology grew through the work of Eunice Ingram and her followers, including Dwight Byers, her nephew. It is she who is credited with mapping the foot and hand charts we see today and devising the classic thumb and finger walking technique through years of painstaking research in hospitals and with her patients.
Eunice Ingram termed her method of compression “Reflexology” (‘ology’ meaning the science of) and the name has stuck ever since. She is regarded as the pioneer of Reflexology, and it was introduced to Britain in the 1960’s by Doreen Bayley who was one of her students.

 

What happens during a Reflexology Treatment?

On the first session I will discuss your medical history with you which will help me to establish any underlying health conditions you may have, and I will also explain what you can expect from the session. I then ask you to sit or lie on a massage couch and to remove your shoes and socks. I will begin with a gentle warm up massage, before starting the Reflexology treatment. You may find certain areas are more tender than others, which will depend on which area of the body they correspond to An example of this is that if your big toe is sensitive then this corresponds to your head, your heel represents your pelvis and the curve of the arch of your foot is the same curvature as your pine and bladder point which swells when you need the toilet!

I will adjust the amount of pressure applied according to your individual needs as sensitivity varies from person to person. After a session has come to an end, we can discuss what I found out and how you experienced the session.

Reflexology will encourage healing within the body, because of this rapid reaction to heal, some clients may experience mucus enhanced sleep or a rumbly stomach, for example some may cough or need to go to the toilet. Occasionally clients have complained of a head -ache tiredness heightened emotions or feeling ‘light-headed’. These are the only adverse effects you can expect as the body embarks on the healing process and a second treatment will usually calm any ill feelings by encouraging the healing to continue. I would recommend a course of at least four sessions to get the most out of a Reflexology treatment.

It is advisable to drink plenty of water, drive home carefully (if you have driven to have the treatment) and relax for the evening if possible.

The Benefits of having a Reflexology treatment can include:

                                                        Creating a sense of Well-being

Helping you to feel more relaxed

                                                        A reduction in stress anxiety and tension.

                                                        Increased energy levels.

                                                        An improvement of nerve and blood supply.

                                                        helping you to sleep better.

                                                       A balance and harmony between body mind and emotions.

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