What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy which is practiced by applying pressure techniques in a systematic manner to reflex areas in the feet or hands. Treating the reflexes in this way can alleviate stresses and tensions in the body and restore the body to homeostasis or balance, prompting the body’s own natural healing system to work more effectively.
Evidence of some form of reflexology practice can be found in Chinese, Indian, Egyptian and other ancient cultures, including native Americans who believed foot massage to be a way of maintaining physical, mental and spiritual balance. The earliest known evidence of the use of reflexology as a therapy treatment dates from 2350 BC at the Tomb of the Physician (Ankhmahor) in Saqqara, Egypt. Further evidence has been found in the Medical Teachers Temple at Nara, Japan dating to AD 790. Here bronze statues depict seated buddhas with special symbols cast into their hands and feet that appear to reflect reflex areas.
Reflexology in Western cultures was first introduced by physicians in the late 1800s who were trying to explore how the nervous system worked, by use of the application of heat or cold using a needle and pressure as well as other techniques. Their results came to be known as reflexes, which led to stimulating reflex areas in the hands and feet to affect organs and structure of the body.
Why choose Reflexology?
The reflexes can be visualised as forming a map of the body on the feet, which corresponds to every organ and structure of the body. Working the reflexes can create a sense of deep relaxation and well being, and helps to restore balance to body systems, aiding the elimination of harmful toxins.
Treatment sessions last for up to an hour, with an initial consultation followed by a gentle massage to start to relax the feet. The Reflexology treatment follows, and will work on specific areas tailored to you. At the end of the treatment you will be given home care advice to help maintain your wellbeing between treatments.
Disclaimer: Reflexology cannot treat medical conditions and is not a substitute for medical advice.