What is Reflexology?

 
Reflexology is a complementary therapy that aims to de-stress, detoxify and rebalance your body's energy levels.
 
Stress and illness affect us all. Whether it be emotional or physical this can have a huge effect on the function and state of our body and mind. When you are affected by stress or illness certain areas of the body may become congested. Reflexology encourages the body to correct itself. 
 
The supply of blood around the body is also increased, which helps the cells to absorb more nutrients and oxygen. This creates more waste, which your body then naturally releases. Through detoxification, reflexology encourages the body to rebalance itself into a state of healthy wellbeing. 
 
 
A little history:
 
Evidence of foot therapy dates back thousands of years to Ancient Egypt, where these inscriptions, showing feet being treated, were found in a physician’s tomb near Cairo: 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In 1917 an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor called Dr Fitzgerald discovered Zone Therapy. He found that there are 10 zones running through the body from your feet to your hands, and that by applying pressure within these lines the cause of many complaints as well as the pain could be alleviated. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

In the 1930s Eunice Ingham, an American Physiotherapist, discovered that within these zones particular organs, muscles and systems could be treated specifically. This is Reflexology as we know it today. Below is the foot map which reflexologists currently use. It shows where the reflex points can be found which have a therapeutic link to particular organs or areas of the body.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By applying pressure to the reflex points on the feet, a calming message is sent to the central nervous system through your nerve pathways. This signals to the body to re-adjust tension levels which then encourages detoxification and balance within the body.