What is Reflexology?
Most people have heard of reflexology but many wonder:
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-intrusive, natural and holistic therapy based on applying pressure to reflex points on the feet and hands. These reflex points correspond to the organs, glands, systems and functions of our body. Using the thumb and fingers deep pressure is placed on these reflex points to assist with the breaking down of any energy blockages or deposits to free up these energy pathways within the body and to open the channels for natural self healing.
Reflexology is suitable for people of all ages from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care promotes and nourishes an ongoing state of wellbeing. It brings relief of many everyday symptoms and other more complex conditions and there are many specific reflex points that can be worked to minimise the effects of stress related conditions.
Reflexology does not propose to cure people of their conditions but rather enable the body’s own self healing mechanism to function as best it can by releasing energy blockages. If healing is to be encouraged, it is essential that the individual person wants to get better.
A reflexology treatment is very easy to receive and you will only have to remove your sock and shoes. During the reflexology treatment, I will apply pressure to your feet and lower leg area (up to about 10cm above your ankle) with my fingers and thumbs.
Treatments can be carried out virtually anywhere such as your work or home, or at my treatment room in Southborough. Because the treatment is non-invasive, there really is no limit to where it can be carried out!
Benefits of Relexology
Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between. Reflexology has a great number of benefits:
Relieves stress and tension
Approximately 75% of disease today can be attributed to stress and tension. Stress can have debilitating effects on the body and mind and affects people in different ways.
Improves blood supply around the body and unblocking of nerve impulses
For the body to achieve balance, the blood and nerve supply to every organ needs to be at it’s optimum. All parts of the body receive their instructions from the nerves which convey impulses. As tension eases, pressure on the nerves is relaxed and thus improving the flow of blood and oxygen rich nutrients to all parts of the body.
Helps nature achieve homeostasis (balance)
Overactive orunderactive glands and organs can be helped to return to balance and it’s normally functioning level. Areas cannot be unbalanced by working too much.
Will reflexology help you? Yes! Reflexology is a natural, holistic therapy using human touch and interaction to induce a deep state of relaxation. It is safe and non-invasive and can be performed on everyone, including babies, children, and elderly people.
The origins of reflexology date back to the ancient cultures of the Chinese, Egyptians, North American Indians and Aboriginals. The reflexology practiced today stems from the work of an American Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon in the early 1900’s called Dr William Fitzgerald. He discovered that by using pressure on the feet, an anaesthetising effect could be produced on his patients and published findings in a book entitled ‘Zone Therapy’.
Dr Joseph Riley and his wife Elizabeth were taken with this theory, attended one of the Dr Fitzgerald workshops and then worked with Dr Fitzgerald to produce a number of books on Reflexology.
A qualified physiotherapist named Eunice Ingham who worked for the Rileys’ used ancient body maps and foot charts to locate all the areas of the body on the feet. It was Eunice Ingham who, with her patient, painstaking research devised the basic foot reflexology map that is the basis of all charts used by reflexologists today.
Foot and Hand guides
The Association of Reflexologists have produced these really good interactive maps, just click on the image below.
Foot reflexology is used throughout the world and contain reflex areas which correspond to the whole body (as do the hands). With over 7,000 nerve endings in the feet, it makes them a perfect partner to help your body become balanced.
Hand reflexology is great for times when the feet cannot be worked. For instance, you might have ticklish feet or be sensitive about having your feet handled. With some conditions, it is not possible to work the feet and in these instances, the hands provide a perfect alternative. The hands can also be worked yourself in between treatments.
Reflexology and Indian Head Massage are holistic complementary therapies which are used alongside conventional medicine. Reflexology and Indian Head Massage holistic therapies treat the body as a whole to help promote the body’s own healing capabilities and balance structures within the body.
Reflexology and Indian Head Massage do NOT cure and I do not diagnose any conditions.
I have worked on adults and children with the conditions listed below and would be happy to discuss these or any other conditions with you:
- Back conditions
- Bladder infections
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Emotional worries
- Food intolerances (dairy, wheat, caffeine)
- Heart conditions
- High and Low Blood Pressure
- Hormone imbalances
- Knee conditions
- Menopausal conditions
- Muscular conditions
- Plantar Fasciitis / Fasciosis
- Polycystic Ovaries
- Poor circulation
- Pregnancy (after first trimester)
- Sinus conditions (including deviated septum)
- Sleep problems
- Temporal Arteritis
- Thyroid conditions
- Transverse Myelitis
- Trapped nerves
- Urinary conditions
- Varicose veins
- Water retention