What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a form of therapy based on the principle that all parts of the body are linked to reflexes in the feet and hands. The practitioner stimulates reflexes on the feet or hands which correspond to other parts of the body. This stimulates the bodies own healing abilities by unblocking energy pathways and increasing circulation. It helps to remove toxins from the body and stimulate the immune system.

Reflexology promotes deep relaxation and is a particularly effective therapy against many of today’s illnesses that are related to stress and nervous tension e.g. sinusitis, asthma, headaches, back problems, aches and pains etc. Reflexology is a natural and drugless therapy. It does not treat any disorder in isolation; all problems/ ailments are targeted as part of the whole treatment.

The art of Reflexology is an ancient one. It is known from wall-paintings that the Egyptians practised it as early as 2300 B.C., although the Chinese are believed to have used Reflexology earlier than this. In the early twentieth century William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose and throat specialist, rediscovered reflexology and developed ‘Reflex Zone Therapy’. In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham picked up where Dr. Fitzgerald left off and developed the basis for what is now known as Reflexology.

What is a treatment like ?

The practitioner will massage reflexes on the feet (sometimes on the hands if necessary). There may be some discomfort on particular reflexes which correspond to problem areas of the body. Overall the treatment is very soothing and relaxing.

Most treatments last about 45 minutes. The first treatment is longer since it includes taking a medical history of the client. Most appointments are for one hour. The number of treatments vary according to the condition.