Reflexology is the technique of applying pressure to
the feet using the thumb and fingers. It aims to
bring about a state of deep relaxation, stimulate
our own healing processes and help create a sense
of well-being. It is very different from a foot
massage, but you will also receive some foot massage
to warm and relax your feet.
Reflexology works on the principle that there are
reflex points on the feet that relate to every
organ, gland and body part. The feet can be thought
of as mirroring the body and so the
glands etc. can be mapped onto the feet. The left
foot mirrors the left side of the body and the right
foot reflects the right side of the body. Light
pressure is used to work each of the points on the
feet, toes, and ankles to release tension, remove
energy blockages, stimulate the
circulation of blood and lymph, and promote healing
of both body and mind.
The origin of modern reflexology reaches as far back
in history as 5,000 years ago, where Egyptians and
Chinese are known to have used techniques to work
the feet to improve overall health, but reflexology
in its modern form was founded in the early 20th
century, and continues to develop today.
It is still not proven how reflexology works, but
we certainly know that energy follows paths around
the body. Nerve impulses travel along nerve fibres,
or if we look at Chinese Medicine, the belief is
that energy moves through meridian pathways.
However, there is much evidence in modern science
which confirms that our cells produce
electromagnetic fields in and around the body.
Whichever system reflexology is utilizing, working
the reflexes accesses energy communication around
the body, restores balance, and encourages healing.
What are the benefits of Reflexology?
Reflexology is a holistic treatment and the reflexologist
aims to treat the whole body through the feet.
Reflexology can help you cope with specific conditions, or can act
in a preventative way, aiming to help your body to
fight off future illness through improving your
energy levels and stimulating your immune system. Or you may simply want to indulge
yourself, giving yourself the chance to de-stress,
relax and revitalise the body - some "me-time", some
pampering, some time out...
effects you may
Relaxes tense muscles
Calms the mind
Improves energy levels
Improves blood circulation
Improves lymph circulation
Cleanses and detoxifies the body
lifting of your mood
Balances over or under-active body systems
Encourages the body to heal itself
Strengthens the immune system
Leaves you with a general feeling of
tranquillity, calmness and wellbeing
can benefit from
Reflexology is suitable for men, women and children
of all ages. Children respond well as they are
naturally relaxed and their bodies are very
responsive. There are some medical conditions where
it may not be possible to carry out treatment, which
is why you need to check on the health of anyone you
wish to give a treatment to. If they have any serious medical conditions or take
medication, it is advisable for them to check with
doctor before you give a treatment.