What is reflexology?
Whilst reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India & China, it was not until 1913 that it was introduced to the West by Dr William Fitzgerald. He noticed that there was a connection between reflex areas on the hands and feet & other organs and systems of the body. In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham further developed this theory into what we now know as reflexology by observing that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body. The entire body is mapped out on the feet (or hands) and is worked through systematically by the reflexologist during a treatment. Reflexology is a complementary therapy which works on the feet to help heal the whole person (mind, body & spirit) including emotional well-being and not just the prevailing symptoms.
How can reflexology help me?
Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body’s natural healthy balance, resulting in good health & well-being. It may help to release congestion & stress/tension from the various systems of the body thereby helping to alleviate dis-ease in the body, mind & spirit.
Who can benefit from reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and for every stage of your life from trying to conceive, giving birth, babies & children, adults with health problems, elderly & those in palliative care. This gentle, natural therapy is a relaxing & enjoyable experience and many people use reflexology as a way of reducing stress & relaxing the mind & body as well as helping many common ailments they suffer from.
What happens at a treatment
When coming for your first reflexology session you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire. This helps to give the practitioner an understanding of your health issues and any specific needs. You will be asked to remove your footwear and seated in a reclining chair. Gentle pressure will be applied to the various reflex points of both feet (or hands if appropriate). The session normally lasts an hour (including consultation) and will end with some gentle foot exercises & massage. Sometimes after receiving reflexology you may experience a slight healing reaction such as sinuses clearing, a runny nose, runny eyes or a more frequent need to pass water. This is a result of the body eliminating toxins & any reaction felt should not last long. It is advisable to drink water after a treatment to help flush out any toxins. After treatment you normally feel very relaxed, possibly sleepy & sometimes energized.
Price for treatment
45mins – £25
60mins – £30