Reflexology is an ancient form of healing which dates back thousands of years. In the 1930’s an american physiotherapist called Eunice Ingham developed the practice and it has become a very popular and proven treatment, widely recognised by GPs and other medical professionals.
How Does Reflexology Work?
Reflexology is based on the theory that the feet are a mirror of the whole body, and reflex areas on the feet correspond to specific organs, glands and areas of the body – for example, the tips of toes correspond to the head, the ball of the foot to the chest area, and so on.
Applying pressure to these reflex areas can promote healthy function of the corresponding area of the body by energetic pathways. It is thought that the pressure may send signals that balance the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce pain and stress.
What are the Benefits?
Reflexology is useful to promote deep relaxation and aid stress relief. It helps improve circulation and lymph flow, stimulates detoxification, revitalises energy, and encourages the body’s own natural healing processes.
People often come to reflexology for help with:
- Stress and stress-related conditions
- Tension headaches
- Digestive disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
- Sports injuries
- Menstrual disorders, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Digestive problems, such as constipation
- Back pain
A reflexology treatment is 60 minutes in length and the usual course of treatment is 4-6 sessions, although this will depend on your needs. Treatments take place at my home, or at your home for a small extra charge.
Please note that reflexology is recommended as a complementary therapy and should not replace medical treatment.