What is Reflexology?

What is reflexology?

Reflexology, is a non-invasive complementary therapy which may help to promote sleep and a sense of wellbeing. This can help to reduce stress which can lead to ill health and poor resilience. It is a touch therapy that is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower legs, hand, face, or ears correspond with different areas of the body and reflexologists work these points. Whatever your view of reflexology one thing is certain; it provides time for relaxation, one to one attention from a trained therapist, supportive touch and empathetic listening.

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What is the theory of reflexology?

The theory behind reflexology is that all systems and organs in the body can be reflected in peripheral areas such as the feet, ears, hands and face. The reflexologist uses their sensitive fingers to work these reflected areas to bring them back into balance helping the body to work as well as it can.

The art of reflexology dates back to ancient Egypt, India and China.  It was introduced to the West by Dr William Fitzgerald in the form of ‘Zone Therapy ‘in the 1900s. Eunice Ingham developed zone therapy into what we know as reflexology in the 1930’s she believed that any congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.

While there are few scientific studies into how reflexology works there are studies to show the positive effects of touch.

Is reflexology right for me?

Reflexology can be received by anyone at any age from new-born to end of life.  Occasionally there may be times when it is not suitable to have a treatment for example, if you have an acute infection or undiagnosed pain generally it is best to discuss with a trained reflexologist. Reflexology should never be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.

A well-trained reflexologist will not make promises diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person and considers physical and non-physical factors that could be affecting your wellbeing. It may not work for everyone but the only way to find out is to try it.

Some of the benefits people experience are better quality sleep, an increased sense of wellbeing, or an improvement in their mood. With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to take responsibility for their own health needs and reflexology can be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of life.

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