What is Reflexology?
- is a complementary therapy whereby the whole body is treated by applying gentle pressure and techniques to reflexes in the feet, hands or face.
- works on many levels - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual
- is deeply relaxing.
- stimulates the body's own healing processes thus enabling a state of balance and wellbeing.
Evidence suggests that a form of foot reflexology was practised 5000 years ago. There are drawings on the wall of the tomb of Ankhmahor in Egypt that show a person giving a foot massage to another. The tomb dates from around 2330BC.
In the late 20th Century It emerged as a complementary therapy using techniques developed by physiotherapist Eunice Ingham in the 1930s when she mapped reflex points on the feet with corresponding organs and glands of the body,
During a treatment the whole body and its systems, organs and glands are worked by different techniques of pressing corresponding reflexes in the foot. Amongst other things, Reflexology is very good for the circulation as it stimulates blood flow, and it is also beneficial for the nervous system. It helps to relieve stress, the foundation of all dis-ease.
during a treatment
On a client's first visit for any method of reflexology there is a consultation. A confidential full medical history is taken and there is a chance to chat about any particular reason for coming for treatment.
The possibility of a course of treatments may be discussed depending on the client's individual needs, however It is perfectly fine to simply come for a one-off treatment.
Clients remain fully clothed, only shoes and socks are removed.
For Foot Reflexology clients should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes in order for the calf and lower leg to be accessible for massage. They should also wear socks, which will be removed prior to treatment,
After the treatment: Clients are given a glass of water, a moment to relax, and then a moment to reflect on their treatment with the therapist before they go. Aftercare advice will also be given.