Reflexology is a treatment classically performed on the feet, although it can also be on the hands, face or ears. It is a safe, gentle treatment that is suitable for all ages.
Reflexology has been practiced for the last 5000 years and has roots in India, China and Japan. It wasn’t until 1913 that it was introduced to the West when Dr William Fitzgerald introduced the therapy as Zone Therapy.
It is a non-intrusive holistic therapy based on the theory that reflex points on the feet correspond with different areas of the body and organs. When pressure is applied to these reflexes it stimulates the movement of energy along nerve channels thereby improving circulation, cleansing the body of toxins and bringing balance to the body. It often induces deep relaxation which promotes healing on both a physical and emotional level.
Reflexology is not a medical treatment and is not used to diagnose illness; however it does work alongside traditional medicine and treats the whole person. It can also be used to help alleviate symptoms associated with a huge number of health issues from chronic pain, IBS, asthma, terminal illness, migraine, anxiety and stress. It can also support a client to motherhood, be it preconception, during the pregnancy, preparing for a natural birth or in post natal recovery.
What to expect?
You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks and to recline on a couch with your feet slightly raised on a pillow. A full medical history will be taken on your first appointment and you will be asked to sign a consent form. At each subsequent appointment a less detailed consultation will take place before the treatment starts. The feet are then cleansed and each foot will be worked on individually with the other kept warm in a wrapped towel. A form of massage and a compression technique is used to work on the reflex points using my thumbs, fingers and knuckles. Some areas may feel tender but overall the experience should be extremely relaxing.