What is Clinical Reflexology?
This ancient healing art has been known for many thousands of years. It was first practised by North Americans, Indians, Chinese and Egyptians. Dr William Fitzgerald introduced reflexology to this country in 1913.
He called it Zone Therapy, noticing that reflex areas on the feet and hands correspond to other areas of the body within the same zone. Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory in the 1930s into what we now know as reflexology.
The principle behind reflexology is that the whole body and its organs can be mapped onto the feet (and hands) into zones. By applying gentle pressure to these reflex points the body’s own healing powers are activated. Reflexology treats the whole person, not just the symptoms of disease, therefore most people find benefits to their health and wellbeing.
The aim of treatment
The aim of this gentle, holistic treatment is to encourage the body to heal itself at its own pace and to bring the person back to a sense of wellbeing and health, helping them reach their potential.
A full case will be taken regarding your medical history as well as details of your present symptoms. The general condition of your feet will also be taken into consideration. The first session may feel uncomfortable, but as treatment progresses and the imbalances are corrected the discomfort will ease. Whenever necessary, reflexologists work in co-operation with your doctor and other health professionals and will refer when appropriate. During a course of treatment there may be a temporary reaction as the body adjusts and releases toxins.
A course of six sessions, once a week, followed by regular treatment at intervals, is usually recommended.
The body, in health, is regulated by the brain, glands, nerves, organs, etc. If one of these is out of balance the effect is felt throughout the body. Stress and tension can contribute to illness. Tense muscles restrict blood flow, reduce the transportation of oxygen and nutrients and prevent the elimination of waste products. The whole system becomes sluggish and is unable to function effectively. There are about 7,200 nerve endings in each foot (and hand). By stimulating these nerves, the reflexologist can enable the nerve pathways to clear, becoming more efficient. This then enables other systems to work more effectively.
Benefits of Reflexology:
- For most people the benefits are wide ranging as it can:
- reduce stress and tension
- induce profound relaxation
- improve circulation
- stimulate the immune system
- ease pain and tension
- help eliminate toxins, whilst balancing and revitalizing the whole energy system.
It does not claim to be a ‘cure all’, but alongside the benefits mentioned above, some of the numerous chronic and acute disorders which have been successfully treated by this therapy include:
- Migraine and headaches
- Sinus problems
- Hormonal imbalances
- Digestive upsets
- Blood pressure problems
- Circulatory problems
- Breathing disorders
- Back problems
- Stress, tension and nervous system imbalances
- Lethargy and insomnia