What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a natural non-invasive form of healing, which treats the whole person rather than just the symptoms and is reported to be good for maintaining health. The theory is that energy flows through our body via channels or pathways. This vital energy can become blocked or congested due to illness, stress or the tensions of everyday life, and as a consequence the body may not function effectively.
As a qualified reflexologist and an authorised member of the Vertical Reflex therapy (VRT) Network, I am able to locate these reflexes and work them to ease discomfort and help to relieve energy blockages. I will apply pressure on these reflex points in a precise and systemic way to rebalance the body by strengthening immunity, flushing toxins out of the body, improving circulation and improving your body’s own natural healing process. Once the energy is released a tremendous feeling of inner peace can be experienced and tension is relieved. Here are some of the conditions that have been helped through reflexology:
- Deep relaxation for stress and anxiety
- Muscular and joint pain
- Sleep disorders
- Blood sugar disorders
- Thyroid disorders
- Breathing disorders
- Soothing digestive disorders
- Ear disorders
- Neurological conditions
- Hormonal imbalances
- Skin problems
- Fertility issues
- Easing of pregnancy discomfort
Stress is one of the main reasons for slowing the body’s system down and creating malfunction. Reflexology treatments along with a healthy diet and lifestyle help to manage stress levels and maintain good health.
Vertical Reflexology Therapy (VRT)
I am also a practitioner in Vertical Reflexology Therapy, which is combined alongside classical reflexology where the feet are treated in a standing or weight bearing, seated position. Reflexology and VRT are a powerful combination when working on sports injuries, muscle and skeletal problems, back pain and many other conditions.
The History of Reflexology
The practice of reflexology is known from ancient times. The most common theory is that the earliest form of therapy originated in China around 5000 years ago. Several drawings over the years have been unearthed from other parts of India, Japan & China showing diagrams of healing through the use of pressure points on the hands and feet. There is Egyptian documentation dating from around 2500-2300BC in the tomb of Ankhmahor, a highly respected physician, where there are wall paintings showing what appears to be the practice of reflexology, the tomb is often referred to as the physician’s tomb.
The North American Indian tribes knew the relationship between the reflex points on the feet and the internal organs in the body and used it to treat disease. It wasn’t rediscovered in our western world until 1913 when an American doctor by the name of William Fitzgerald, who was an ear, nose and throat specialist, discovered zone therapy. He discovered that by applying pressure to specific zones on the feet, this had an anaesthetic effect during surgery. Later a physiotherapist, by the name of Eunice Ingham, further explored this theory and developed reflexology, as we know it today.
How many Treatments?
This varies from person to person, often some people will feel the effects of reflexology after just one session but a series of sessions maybe needed to make significant changes to your condition. Before your first treatment I will complete a full consultation to ensure reflexology is suitable. If you are considering reflexology while under medical supervision it is required that you obtain written permission from your doctor.
How will I feel after a treatment?
Everyone reacts in different ways and there is no right or wrong way to feel. Many people report feeling very relaxed, uplifted and have a sense of peace and calm within. Some people feel tired or lethargic, can feel irritable, have heightened emotions and may have frequent visits to the toilet, all of which can be part of the healing process. These reactions are only temporary and should clear within 24-48 hours.
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Note: Reflexology sessions are not intended to give medical diagnosis or treatment.