What Is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary therapy. It involves massage and pressure most commonly being applied to the feet.
It is based on the theory that different reflex points on the feet correspond to different areas of the body.
Most people pay little regard to the amazing anatomy of their feet. There are 26 bones in each foot engineered to allow us to bear weight and balance.
Why Choose Reflexology?
There are many reasons why people choose to see a reflexologist.
Reflexology is deeply nurturing and relaxing and many people like to treat themselves to a session for this reason alone!
Reflexology can also be helpful with many specific conditions and I regularly work with clients with some of the following symptoms:
Modern reflexology is deeply relaxing and calming. It does not set out to diagnose or cure medical conditions. Reflexologists work holistically and aim to work alongside other medical professionals to provide better health for their clients.
We all know that stress is the enemy of modern day living and it is estimated that 75-85% of ill health is stress related. Managing high stress levels is essential to good health and well-being.
Most people are simply too busy or their schedules are too hectic to take time out to truly relax. Many people do not even know how to switch off. Reflexology helps the body to unwind, relax and then start the process of self-healing. It helps to restore the natural balance to our system.
History Of Reflexology
Reflexology as a treatment technique has a history dating back more than 5000 years.
The ancient Egyptians greatly respected their feet and regarded them as one of the key windows to the body.
A wall carving from 2300BC depicts a reflexology scene in the tomb of the royal physician, Ankhamahor.
The scene is shown below.
The patient says, “Don’t hurt me”.
The practitioner replies, “I shall act so you praise me”.
For centuries Traditional Chinese Medicine has used the feet to stimulate reflexes alongside acupuncture to balance the meridians.
It is thought that reflexology first came to Europe from the East around the 13th century.
Modern reflexology came to prominence in the USA in the early 20th century.
In 1930 Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist, (no relation!) developed mapping of the feet. She found that stimulating specific points on the feet could produce profound effects on other areas of the body. She became known as the ‘mother of reflexology’ and spread the word across America teaching doctors and nurses initially, and then non-medical practitioners.
Reflexology is now a distinguished complementary therapy which works alongside conventional medicine in hospitals, clinics, hospices and surgeries.