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’. 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 theory into what is known as modern 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 based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops, and sides of the feet correspond to different areas of the body. In this way, the feet can be seen as a ‘map’ of the body. By applying specialised massage techniques to specific reflex points – using the thumbs, fingers and knuckles – the aim of a reflexology treatment is to help restore balance to the body naturally, and improve the client’s general well-being.
Some therapists may also work reflex points on the hands, ears and face, however it is the feet that are most commonly treated in Reflexology.
What to expect during a Reflexology treatment
I will start with a full consultation, asking various questions about your health and lifestyle, to ensure Reflexology is right for you.
For the treatment itself you will remain fully clothed, simply removing your shoes and socks. You’ll be invited to relax on a reclining chair or treatment couch, or to put your feet up on a footstool. I will gently cleanse your feet before applying a fine powder, cream or oil to help provide a free-flowing treatment, and then start gently massaging and stretching your feet and ankles.
As the treatment progresses, a variety of different Reflexology techniques will be used to ‘work’ the reflex points on each foot, including a caterpillar-like movement called ‘thumb walking’. The areas treated and pressure applied will be adapted to suit your individual needs.
Treatment generally lasts for an hour although longer Reflexology sessions may be more appropriate in managing the symptoms of specific conditions.
Benefits of Reflexology
Reflexology can help to relieve anxiety and tension, encourage relaxation, improve mood and aid sleep and often it is used to help manage more specific health challenges. Reflexology is often used alongside conventional care in hospices, hospitals and other healthcare settings to help support patients with a variety of conditions.
Reflexology can help manage the symptoms of a wide range of conditions. I recommend Treatment Plans, a course of dedicated sessions, for managing the symptoms of specific conditions.
- Women’s Health including Fertility, Endometriosis, PCOS, PMS and Menopausal symptoms
- Preparation for pregnancy and labour; Post natal care
- Stress, Anxiety, Panic attacks
- Migraines, Tension headaches
- Low or high blood pressure
- Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME
- Digestive and elimination problems including constipation, IBS, food allergies, flatulence
- Chronic pain, including muscle tension, back, shoulder and neck pain; leg, knee and foot pain
- Circulatory problems
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Sleeping disorders
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Skin disorders including psoriasis, eczema and acne rosacea
- Breathing disorders including asthma, chest infections, cough infections, coughs and colds; ear, nose and throat problems
- Life limiting illness including Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Motor Neuron Disease (MND)
Booking An Appointment
Appointments can be booked online using the Flourish booking system or contact me using the form below.