Reflexology is an holistic therapy, which involves working on the feet or hands to enable the body to heal itself. It treats the whole person, not just the symptoms of illness and has proved to be effective for many conditions. It leads to deep relaxation which enables the body to rest and recoup and it is therefore a preventative therapy as well.
The origins of reflexology are linked to Egyptian times, with evidence found inscribed in a tomb dating back to 2300BC. There is also evidence from around 1017AD that the Ancient Chinese practised various forms of medicine including acupressure, an early form of reflexology. In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham, an American known as “the mother of reflexology”, practised the science and in 1966 reflexology was brought to Britain by Doreen Bayley, one of Eunice’s students.
WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology uses a holistic healing technique, which enables the individual’s mind, body and spirit to be taken into account during treatment. Reflexologists treat the whole body; treating symptoms and also aiming to treat the cause. Many conditions take a long time to occur, so it may take a while for symptoms to be relieved. Clients should understand that Reflexologists are not medically trained; however they are trained to facilitate healing enabling the client’s body to become rebalanced and to heal itself. This rebalancing of the body is known as homeostasis; a constant stable balanced body.
HOW DOES REFLEXOLOGY WORK?
Reflexology is based on the ancient Chinese belief that energy flows freely around the body to ensuring complete balance; physically, mentally and emotionally. If the energy flow becomes blocked this can result in illness; by unblocking the flow it enables the body to become rebalanced and healing can take place.
Following the principle that reflex points on the feet are connected to corresponding areas throughout the body, a Reflexologist, using a therapy which involves applying pressure, by thumb and fingers will stimulate a reflex point which brings about a response in another area of the body.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages however there are some conditions where it should be avoided. To ensure the well being of clients, all initial treatments begin with a consultation, which enables the therapist to make sure that reflexology is a suitable treatment to be given. In some instances Doctors’ permission may be required before treatment can commence.
BENEFITS OF REFLEXOLOGY
Clients may experience many benefits by receiving a reflexology treatment, including:-
- ❖ Aid to relaxation (leads to deep state of relaxation)
- ❖ It helps with the balance of hormones
- ❖ It can release natural pain killing hormone
- ❖ Increased energy levels
- ❖ Blood and lymphatic circulation can be improved
- ❖ The body can be encouraged to self heal
- ❖ Improvement to muscle tone
- ❖ Gives sense of well-being
- ❖ It can help clients cope with their illness.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A TREATMENT?
At the initial treatment there will be a consultation to determine the client’s present and past health and lifestyle.
The Reflexologist will cleanse the client’s feet and start the treatment with a foot massage. Then using thumbs and fingers pressure will be applied to the feet. The application and the effect of the therapy will be unique to each person.
The Reflexologist may detect subtle changes in specific points on the feet, and by working on these points may affect the corresponding organ or system of the body.
The treatment is ended with a second foot and lower leg massage.
After completing a course of reflexology treatments, many clients find it is beneficial to have occasional treatments to maintain health and well being.