Welcome to Reflexology
A brief history of Reflexology
Reflexology has been known to man since the Egyptians. It is recorded in a
2,500 BC hieroglyph of a foot treatment being given.
Dr. William Fitzgerald is known as the "Father" of Reflexology. He was a nose and throat expert working at St. Francis Hospital, USA. When working with his clients he discovered that by applying pressure to one area, he could produce numbness in another part of the body. We call this the "Zone Theory”. A Doctor Riley and his wife developed it further and began using it in their school of chiropractic. In the 1930’s a physiotherapist names Eunice Bingham developed foot reflexology. She became aware that if the zones ran through the body then some areas would be more accessible and more responsive. This is one of the reasons she used the feet. She discovered that by applying pressure to various on the feet that she helped relieve pain in the body. She used Fitzgerald’s zones to chart the whole body onto the feet. Her charts are now the standard and used by reflexologists all over the world. Eunice Ingham died in 1974, but her work is continued by her nephew, Dwight Byers.
Reflexology, being an holistic therapy, is a form of natural, holistic therapy. It works on the whole person as opposed to a particular symptom. Reflexologists use pressure techniques on these reflex points in your feet. This pressure stimulates the relating reflex point in the body and clears congestion. The body then clears out this congestion making that person feel better. It's a very relaxing, non-ticklish massage of the feet that balances the body and brings Mind, Body and Spirit into harmony.
Benefits of Reflexology
|After injury, stress, illness or disease the body is imbalanced. Reflexology
restores balance and harmony to the body by clearing congested reflexes and it:
· Relieves stress and tension
· Balances the body's systems and organs
· Induces deep relaxation
· Activates the body's self healing
· Boosts circulation
· Aids elimination
· Brings relief to acute and chronic conditions
· Revitalizes energy
· Cleanses the body of toxins and impurities
· Stimulates creativity and productivity
Reflexology is a safe, natural therapy.
It is a good way of relaxing, balancing and harmonising the body. You do not have to be ill to have Reflexology, it is a very relaxing therapy and a good time for you and your body to relax and watch the world go by..
Following your treatment you may experience minor reactions, there is no need to worry as these are only temporary and occur as the toxins are dispersed from your body. This will be fully explained to you at the treatment.
In order to reduce the chance of any temporary adverse side effects you should try to do the following:
Drink plenty of water.
Listen to your body: If you feel tired, simply rest, if you feel energetic, go for a short walk.
Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
Eat light meals.
Will I have to undress?
You will only need to remove your footwear and socks and sit or lie back on the couch, while I work on your feet.
What happens in a treatment session?
On your first visit I will talk to you about your lifestyle, diet and medical history. This session will last about 1.5 hours, subsequent sessions will last about an hour. Such information is confidential.
I will introduce massage techniques to your feet, noting any problem areas.
As a qualified Reflexologist I can identify problem areas as tender or "crunchy" reflex points on corresponding parts of the feet and hands. By applying firm but comfortable pressure to these areas congestion can be unblocked, setting the body's own healing mechanism in motion. This enables your body to return to a state of balance.
The treatment is deeply relaxing as tensions and stress are eased and circulation is improved.
It's part of my job to make you feel comfortable. I will ask for feedback, such as; 'How's the pressure? Is it too light, too strong, or about right?' If you have regular treatments your response to this question will vary, according to your state of health and energy levels. It's not necessary to chat during a session, and you are more likely to benefit if you can quietly focus on your breathing and bodily sensations. You may find it more relaxing with your eyes shut. It is entirely up to you.
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