Reflexology is not a modern therapy, it is thought to have originated in China over 5000 years ago. The ancient Egyptians and Indians are also known to have used forms of reflexology. Eunice Ingham (1889-1974) is known as the Mother of Modern Reflexology, after extensive research she drew up a map of reflex points on the feet that corresponded to areas of the body.
When we are healthy our energy flows freely throughout the body, but when we are ill, stressed or have accidents, this energy may become blocked. This can then give rise to symptoms which may manifest on physical and emotional levels.
It is thought that by stimulating various reflex points on the feet, which correspond to areas on the body, the body's natural healing mechanisms are activated, and start to bring it back into a state of natural balance.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy, looking at the whole person, not just the symptoms, and is suitable for all ages.
There are, however, a few instances when Reflexology is not appropriate, and your reflexologist needs to know whether you suffer from a serious medical condition, epilepsy, or if you are pregnant. These conditions do not necessarily mean that reflexology is not suitable, but that the reflexologist needs to be aware of them to tailor the treatment appropriately, or to get your Doctors approval.
Reflexology is thought to be good for
Reducing stress and anxiety levels
Increased energy levels.
Stronger immune system.
What happens in a Reflexology treatment?
The first treatment will be slightly longer than subsequent treatments, as the therapist takes a full case history before starting the treatment. The treatment itself requires the client to remove their shoes and socks and relax on a reclining chair or massage table. The therapist will work on the clients feet, applying pressure to the feet with their thumbs and fingers. There may be some discomfort, which may indicate an imbalance in the body. Usually the treatment is very relaxing, as the body's natural healing is stimulated. At the end of a treatment the client should feel calm and relaxed.
After the treatment you will gain the maximum benefits if you spend time relaxing. Avoid alcohol as this will dehydrate and reintroduce toxins to the body. Drink plenty of water or herbal teas rather than caffeinated drinks. Avoid eating heavy meals.
Following the treatment there may be a mild healing reaction, as the body's systems rebalance and clear unwanted toxins, this is perfectly normal. It is useful to make a note of any reaction, so that you can inform the therapist on your next visit.
How many treatments will I need?
Whilst one off treatments are of benefit, generally more than one treatment is necessary to receive the maximum benefit. Some clients come for regular monthly treatments to help maintain good health, whilst others with specific health issues benefit from more frequent treatments. Each client is unique, some conditions respond very quickly to treatment, and some take a little longer. This can be discussed after the initial treatment.