£30 - 45 mins
The theory behind reflexology is that all the systems and organs of the body are mirrored or reflected in smaller peripheral areas, e.g. the feet, hands, ears and face.
In the 1920’s studies regarding this concept allowed the first Western reflexology foot map to be produced. Since that time the other body areas have been mapped allowing this model to be applied to the hands, ears and face.
The therapist works those reflected areas with their sensitive fingers, aiming to bring those areas back to balance and therefore aiding the body to work as well as it can. Reflexology very much works on an individual basis; the therapist provides professional facilitation of your body’s own potential for well-being.
While there are few available scientific studies specifically into how reflexology works, there are scientific studies that support the potential positive effects that can be achieved by touch.
Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, this therapy was not introduced to the West until Dr William Fitzgerald developed ‘Zone therapy’ in the early 1900s. He believed 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 therapy into what is known as reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between.
Trained therapists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your well-being. Some people find it works for them – some don’t. The best way to find out is to try it!
The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually, after a treatment your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of well-being improving. You may also find that other aspects improve too; however, this happens on an individual basis.
Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive; the most clothing that will have to be removed for a treatment to take place will be your socks and shoes. The therapist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet. You may feel areas of temporary discomfort during the treatment, but generally the experience should be relaxing.
It is useful to give feedback to the therapist as this may show the response of your body to treatment. This in turn might help the therapist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs. After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; however, sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is usually temporary and therapists believe that it is part of the healing process.