What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is an ancient, holistic complementary health therapy which dates back over 5,000 years. It is based on the principle that different points on our feet, lower leg and hands called the reflex points, correspond with different areas of our body via the nervous system.
First references to reflexology were made around 2,500 BC as seen in Egyptian Papyrus documents depicting treatment on feet and hands. Other Stone carvings and studies showed that these ancient Egyptians understood the body as an integrated system. Early versions of reflexology were also found in China and India.
How does it work?
Reflexology is a non-invasive massage treatment involving gentle pressure which is applied to the feet, and/or hands. There are thousands of nerves in these areas - with around 15,000 in your feet. This is the reason the effects of reflexology are so calming and relaxing. It is a therapeutic treatment, which stimulates the reflex points in those areas to bring about a balance to the whole body. The treatment enables the body to work in harmony and creates a feeling of well-being, encouraging the body's own healing process.
Reflexology is an excellent treatment for many long-term and chronic conditions and suitable for all ages. It is safe for pregnant women, although you are advised to find an experienced practitioner if you are pregnant.
What can be treated?
Reflexology can treat many conditions, including:
tension and stress,
insomnia and much more.
Reflexologists view the feet as a mirror image of the body and so when massage is applied in the feet, it treats the corresponding organs in the body.
This type of massage unblocks the areas in the energy channels of the body, believed to be a cause of illness, allowing energy to flow freely and heal any damage.