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. (The hands can be treated too, instead of or as well as the feet.)
How can reflexology help me?
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.
Clients have found Reflexology to be effective for:
- Back Pain
- Sleep disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
- Sports injuries
- Digestive disorders
- Stress-related conditions and many other problems
- During Pregnancy or preparing for Pregnancy
- It’s also helpful for children of any age, from babies upwards
Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe.
Who can benefit from reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages (many children find it helpful and, of course, the treatments are kept short) and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions.
One treatment can be very relaxing, a course of Reflexology is very balancing and many people find great benefits from then continuing with regular treatments at 6 – 8 week intervals in order to maintain their health and well-being.
While many people use Reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress, at the same time many doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognise Reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy. Many midwives advocate and use Reflexology to help their ‘mums’ during pregnancy and even birth.
With ever increasing levels of stress, it is important to take care and preventative measures of your own health care needs. Reflexology helps us to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level, thereby encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of our lives.