What is Reflexology?
Reflexology works on the premise that specific points on the feet and hands correspond to the systems and organs of the body. These points are known as "Reflexes". Working on these reflexes with the fingers/thumbs can promote healing and relaxation within the body.
The treatment is gentle, non invasive, non-diagnostic and promotes self healing and a rebalancing of the body’s normal functioning. Reflexology helps to break down tension and blockages in the body’s energy flow, promoting improved circulation, nerve-functioning and the elimination of body waste.
Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic medicine to promote better health.
History of Reflexology
Whilst the art of reflexology is believed to date back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, there is also evidence of reflexology in the Mayan and Native American cultures as well as in Europe during the 14th century.
The art form was reintroduced to the west when Dr William Fitzgerald (1872 – 1942), an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor, developed 'Zone Therapy'. He divided the body into 10 zones – five on either side. By applying pressure to the zone on the foot he identified an effect on the related area of the body.
William Fitzgerald’s theories were further developed and refined by a number of individuals until Eunice Ingham (1889-1974), a nurse and physiotherapist, mapped the entire body onto to reflex points of the feet. This mapping is the basis for reflexology as we know it today.