Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, it wasn’t until 1913 that Dr William Fitzgerald introduced this therapy to the West as ‘zone therapy’. He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone. In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is now known as reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body. Reflexology is a complementary therapy, which works on the feet to help heal the whole person not just the prevailing symptoms.
Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance. By stimulating and applying pressure to the feet or hands, you are increasing circulation and promoting specific bodily and muscular functions. Reflexology with a full range of pressure sensors, utilizes the same body system of fight or flight to relax the body. In fact, the feet and hands are more sensitive than most people realize. Similar to how we use our eyes to detect light, the hands and feet detect pressure, stretch, movement and weight distribution.
Through application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology has been shown to be effectively:
- Relieve tension
- Improve circulation
- Help promote the natural function of all body parts and systems and the related areas of the body.
- It has also proved to be effective for a number of conditions including Back Pain; Migraine; Infertility; Arthritis; Sleep disorders; Hormonal imbalances; Sports injuries; Digestive disorders; Stress-related conditions. The 1996 China Reflexology Symposium Report has found foot reflexology to be 93.63% effective in treating 63 disorders. After an analysis of 8,096 clinical cases, Dr. Wang Liang reported that reflexology was significantly effective (the cure) in 48.68% of all the cases, and an effective/improved treatment in 44.95% of the cases.
- Improves blood and nerve supply to all areas of the body.
- Stimulates the lymphatic system, which boosts the immune system.
- Improves circulation to aid the elimination of excess waste products and fluids.
- Increases oxygen flow from the lungs to all tissues.
- Promotes the natural function of the body. It is a holistic non-invasive therapy where the client and practitioner interact together to achieve balance and wellness.
- Energizes and rebalances the body.
- Promotes relaxation and release of tension and stress.
- Improves digestion.
- Reduces insomnia.
- Helps to balance the endocrine (hormonal) system.
- Helps the body to normalize itself naturally, without adverse side effects.
On the first visit, the reflexology practitioner will have a preliminary talk with you to determine your present and past health and lifestyle. The reflexologist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet. The application and the effect of the therapy is unique to each person. A professionally trained reflexologist can detect subtle changes in specific points on the feet, and by working on these points may affect the corresponding organ or system of the body. A treatment session usually lasts for about one hour. A course of treatment may be recommended depending on your body’s needs.
After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very definite way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is transitory and is a part of the healing process. This is vital information to feed back to the reflexologist as it shows how your body is responding to treatment. This will help the reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Reflexology Sessions with Beverley include an aromatic foot bath, stimulation of all the reflex points on the feet and a short period of time to integrate everything into the body.