About Reflexology

Reflexology has been known to man for thousands of years. It is a natural healing therapy based on the principal that the anatomy of the body is reflected in miniature on reflex zones on the feet and hands. By using specific pressure techniques and massage on these regions, healing is both initiated and accelerated in the corresponding area of the body.  For each person the application and the effect of the therapy is unique.  Sensitive, trained hands may detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet, and by working on these points the Reflexologist can potentially release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions may be eased, and circulation and elimination improved.  This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself and may counteract a lifetime of misuse.

Following illness, stress, injury or disease, the body is in a state of “imbalance”, and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively.  Reflexology is thought to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium and encourage healing.

This simple, non-invasive, beautifully balancing therapy brings relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions and is suitable for all ages.

History

The healing art of Reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, with the first recordings of it being in Egypt 2000 BC on the physician to the pharohs tomb Ankmahor.

However, it wasn’t until 1913 that Dr William Fitzgerald introduced this therapy to the West as ‘zone therapy’.  He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.

In the 1930s Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is now known as Reflexology.  She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body and thus modern day Reflexology as we know it was born.

How does Reflexology work?

There are many theories on how and why Reflexology works but I believe it works in the following ways:

  • Promoting deep muscle relaxation which relieves stress and tension and allows the nervous system to calm down and function more normally
  • Improving cardiovascular and lymphatic circulation allowing oxygen to reach all the cells
  • Stimulating and inhibiting nerve impulses to the brain, particularly involving the autonomic nervous system
  • Helping to reduce pain, through gate control theory, and stimulates the production of endorphins
  • Effecting the body’s electromagnetic field
  • Providing many psychological benefits by giving personal attention and care and allowing the client an hour of rest, stillness and quiet in a constantly busy, active, often stressful, world.

Benefits

There are many benefits of receiving Reflexology as it may:

  • Induce relaxation of body & mind
  • Remove toxins from the body by removing blockages from energy pathways resulting in clearer skin, colour & tone
  • Help to balance the physical & emotional body
  • Improve circulation
  • Strengthen immunity to resist disease
  • Aid digestion
  • Increase self-awareness, motivation & self-appreciation
Ailments it may help:

I believe Reflexology can to be effective for the following conditions:

  • Fertility issues
  • Pain
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sports Injuries
  • Migraine and Headaches
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Joint Pain
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Allergies
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Pregnancy
  • … and many more

What happens at a treatment session and what should I expect following a treatment?

As Reflexology is a holistic therapy and treats the whole person, not just the symptom, on your first visit there is a preliminary consultation, where your general health and medical history will be discussed. The treatment then begins with work on your feet (or hands if necessary). The sensation is pleasant and soothing as Reflexology will relax you while potentially stimulating your body’s own healing mechanisms.  Each session will leave you feeling relaxed and peaceful, thus allowing stress and tension to flow freely from the body.  It is thought that as the chemical balance in the body returns to normal, so more energy and vitality is available to the whole body.

Sometimes, after the first treatment, you may feel a little tired or sleepy, as healing begins to occur.  Other possible healing reactions include the need to urinate and eliminate more often or a runny nose, but this does not last long and is a positive sign that the body is releasing toxins and impurities.

To help this healing process, it is advisable to drink plenty of water for 24 hours after each treatment, to help flush out toxins, and try to stay as calm and relaxed as possible.

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Georgina Strickland

Georgina Strickland BSc MAR

I qualified as a Reflexologist in 2004 having trained at the Philip Salmon School of Reflexology in London and have been a Full Member of the Association of Reflexologists since then.

I am registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council and I am also a member of Fedant