Foot Reflexology is a non-invasive therapy that requires the application of a specific type of pressure on particular areas of the feet. It is based on the principle that reflex points on the feet correspond to the organs, glands and parts of the body.
A therapist will use a skilled pressure point massage to detect any imbalances and improve the function functioning of the related body part
Imbalances can occur due to illness, stress or injury - meaning your body doesn't function as effectively as it should. Reflexology encourages better circulation, releases tension and helps to activate the body's own healing process.
Newcomers to reflexology are sometimes baffled by how precise pressure on specific areas of the feet can affect the whole health of the body. The reason this works is because reflexes link each part of the body to a special area on the feet and hands. The nervous system serves as the connection.
With 7,000 nerve endings in each foot, clinical experience shows that reflexology helps to send a signal through the nervous system to the brain to regulate various organs and glands, therefore bringing the body and mind back into balance.
In Europe, thanks to Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist later on named as “the mother of reflexology” developed techniques and a body map on the foot to form reflexology as it is known today.
Today Reflexology is becoming a very popular therapy, providing numerous benefits and a profound sense of relaxation. It is a fantastic way to relax, help balance energy levels and remove everyday stress.
Reflexologists cannot diagnose conditions or treat symptoms in quite the way that Western medicine understands. What we do is treat the person, not the illness, by analysing what we find in the reflexes on the feet and considering the client’s medical history, current state of physical and emotional health and lifestyle choices. Often the cause of a problem may lie within us, a stress reaction that is harmful and upsetting; an inflammation that causes pain or fever; a strong emotion that triggers a hormone imbalance.
Even an illness caused by an external agent such as a virus becomes a matter of internal balance once the body responds to it and tries to cope with it. Your body is an amazing intricate being which can achieve and heal so much by itself, and often reflexology can provide the trigger which helps it to do that.
This approach of treating the whole person is of great help when conditions are complex. For example, a client experiencing migraines may have tension in their head, neck, shoulder and back muscles, low levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter), sensitivity to certain types of food or other triggers and possibly a hormonal imbalance. A reflexology treatment can work on all of these body systems and areas within the same session.
Reflexology does not claim to diagnose, treat or prescribe but has shown to be effective in helping to alleviate or improve a range of conditions including: