Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Each session of reflexology works on an individual basis. Many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress. Some doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognise reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy at an individual basis. With ever increasing levels of stress, it is important people take more responsibility for their own health care needs. Reflexology helps us to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level there by encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of our lives. Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice
A form of acupressure was practised in India and China 3-5,000 years ago. Pictures of physicians with hands on feet were found in the tombs of Egypt. Also, the Cherokee Idians of North Carolina have concentrated on the feet in healing, believing that the feet, which walk on earth, connect the spirit to the universe. A European form of reflexology was practiced as early as the 14th century and was used by both rich and the poor.
But reflexology as we know it today was introduced at the beginning of this century by an American ear, nose and throat specialist Dr William Fitzgerald who founded the zone therapy. This concept was developed further by a fellow American, a therapist, Eunice Ingham, who is regarded as the pioneer of Reflexology in its modern form. Further developments continued and in 1960 reflexology was introduced to Great Britain by Mrs Doreen Bayly, a nurse by background. Nephew of Eunice Ingham, Dwight Byers is the President of the International Institute of Reflexology and continues to teach the orginal Ingham Method (return to the top)
Reflexology is a unique system of foot massage based on holistic principles and springing from the Chinese roots of acupuncture. Reflex points on the foot are known to relate to the different parts of the body. Reflexology is thouhts to improves circulation, help remove toxins & build a stronger immune system Reflexology is a complementary therapy which focuses on the feet and hands as a means of helping improve the health and wellbeing of the whole body. Points on the feet and hands are connected to corresponding areas of the body and by applying specific pressure massage to parts of the foot or hand, it is thought that the body's immune system is recharged, boosting self healing and correcting imbalances. These reflex areas are found on the soles, the top, and the side of the feet and also on the hands., as well as the ears (return to the top)
It is thoght that Reflexology works on a system of energy zones throughout the body ending in the feet and the hands. It is believed that it is possible to detect imbalances in these energy zones and to correct the flow of energy within the zone by working on the reflex areas in the feet or hands.
It is thought that when reflex areas are worked, there is an increase in the blood circulation to the corresponding part of the body. It is believed that this is beneficial since it is through the circulation of the blood that the various parts of the body receive their supply of nutrients. Blood also carries waste products away from the area, which can then be removed from the body through one of the eliminating systems such as urine, perspiration etc. It is thought possible to reduce the nerve tension present in the corresponding parts of the body by working on the reflex areas. Access information about Reflexology research findings here (return to the top)
Reflexology is also believed to be a preventative medicine, enabling problems to be discovered and re-balanced before they become chronic; but it is also used for those suffering or recovering from illness, stress, injury or disease. At this time the body is in a state of imbalance with vital energy pathways blocked, preventing the body from functioning correctly. The treatment can, it is believed, be used to restore and maintain the body's natural equilibrium and encourage healing. It is thought that the treatment works well with other forms of medicine. People on prescribed drugs or other medical treatment, for instance, find that it reduces some side effects and so enhances the benefits of orthodox medicine. It has been known to stimulate healing after surgery. Reflexology does not claim to be a `cure all' . Good anecdotal results have been obtained with asthma, headaches, hormonal imbalances, breathing disorders, digestive, circulatory, menstrual and back problems and tension and stress conditions. (return to the top)
During a foot reflexology treatment you will be asked to sit in a reclining chair with your feet towards the therapist.
During a hand reflexology treatment, you will be asked to sit in a 'kneeling chair', which supports your whole body weight and allows you to present your hands to the therapist. The therapist will cleanse your feet or hands and then work on one foot or hand at a time applying pressure to all of the reflexes.
Reflexology is not a typical massage and you may feel slight discomfort as imbalanced reflexes are touched. Some people find reflexology extremely relaxing, so don't worry if you fall asleep during the treatment! Treatment usually lasts for approximately one hour and a few treatments may be necessary as the benefits of Reflexology build up gently and gradually. Weekly treatments are usually recommended and the number of treatments will depend on each patient's individual requirements. As with some other complementary medicines, where the body is being assisted in healing itself, some reactions may occur. A patient may feel lethargic or emotional; develop a cold or a skin rash. These reactions are temporary and a sign that the body is going through the natural healing process, clearing out toxins and working towards its own balance. Other patients may have a positive reaction, with an increased feeling of vitality and well-being. It is often felt to be very relaxing and suitable for all ages from a young baby to a frail elderly person. See what our clients say here....
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One school of thought..... Grainy crystal deposits, which may cause pain during treatment, maybe felt in the nerve endings of the feet. These are believed to be calcium deposits which have settled beneath the skin surface at nerve endings. Excess acidity in the bloodstream increases calcium deposits in the nerve endings of any organ in the body. These deposits develop into acid crystals which can impede good blood circulation. The feet are the prime areas of congestion, due to the amount of nerve endings, shoes restrict natural movement and the normal nerve and blood supply to the feet is slowed down. Again, as the feet are at the end point of circulation, congestion and force of gravity impede the flow and toxins will tend to stagnate. Crystals can be broken down by reflexology and the residue removed by the blood. (return to the top)
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Complementary Therapists do not claim to cure , diagnose or prescribe. Each therapy session of works on an individual basis. Many people use Complementary Therapy as a way of relaxing the mind and body and improving wellbeing. Complementary Therapy should be used in conjunction with seeking medical advice
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