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What is Reflexology
Reflexology is hands on therapy carried out on the feet or the hands.
Reflexology has been used for many centuries. There is evidence in the hieroglyphics of the ancient Egyptians of the use of Reflexology. It has also been practised in ancient Japan, China and India. The term "reflexology" was first used by Vladimir Bekterev in 1917. In the same year William Fitzgerald, an American physician documented that an anaesthetic effect could occur in certain parts of the body when applying pressure to other areas. In the 1930s, Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist, mapped the body in relation to the reflex points on the hands and the feet.
How does Reflexology work?
The life energy that flows around the body can become trapped or blocked which can cause illness or pain. Reflexology can unblock the stuck energy allow the body to naturally heal itself.
Applying pressure to the nerve endings in the feet and hands can affect other parts of the body. By stimulating the corresponding area on the foot or hand, relief and the natural healing process can be helped in the part of the body that is displaying symptoms.
The process of Reflexology also releases endorphins (the body's natural pain relieving chemical) into the blood stream, helping pain relief. It also aids the body in the elimination of toxins and other waste materials that are hindering the body's natural healthy state.
Vertical Reflex Therapy is a reflexology technique where the feet are treated in a standing, weight-bearing position for a short period of time, usually five minutes. It can be used in a conventional Reflexology session.
What does Reflexology treatment involve?
The first appointment will be about an hour long. Follow up appointments are about the same length. The number of appointments needed is up to the individual.
Reflexology can be used to deal with a specific problem, in which case a limited number of appointments will be made. However, as Reflexology is also a great therapy for general relaxation and well being, some people book regular weekly or monthly appointments as a general tonic therapy.
After taking medical details, the Reflexologist will examine the feet or hands. Treatment will usually take place on either a couch or a special treatment chair. A series of minute pressure techniques are used to facilitate the healing.
What can Reflexology help?
A wide range of conditions including: back problems, allergies, sinusitis, hormone disorders, anxiety, breathing problems, circulation disorders, eczema, frozen shoulder, obesity, sports injuries, stress, substance abuse, arthritis and sleep disorders.