What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients.

History

There is evidence that many ancient cultures had traditions of foot rubbing and massage as a means of healing, notably Chinese, Indian, Ancient Egyptian, and Native Americans. A painting has been found inside the tomb of a physician called Ankhmahor, 2,500 B.C shows two figures massaging the feet and hands of two others.

Early in the 20th Century, an American Doctor, William Fitzgerald began to experiment with ways to relieve pain during surgery, without using anaesthetic. He believed that the brain could be ‘distracted’ from pain by stimulating touch senses on other parts of the body, and began to experiment by applying pressure to hands, feet, ears etc. He called this Zone Therapy.

Fitzgerald’s idea of Zone Therapy was not well regarded until the 1930s, when a physiotherapist, Eunice Ingham realised that parts of the feet seemed to have a direct connection with specific parts of the body. She believed these points were part of the central nervous system and so called them Reflex Points and she began mapping them. Eunice toured and lectured extensively, publishing books of case studies, slowly building the reputation of Reflexology, as it had become known. The map of the feet devised by Eunice is the one that most Reflexologists still use today, and research is finding more and more benefits of this lovely therapy.

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Is reflexology suitable for me?

Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between. However, there may occasionally be times when it is not suitable to provide a treatment. The best advice we can give you is to give your local reflexologist a ring and ask!

Will reflexology help me?

Well trained reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing. Some people find it works for them – some don’t. The best way to find out is to try it!

The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually, after a treatment your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving. You may also find that other aspects improve too; however, this happens on an individual basis.

There have been some positive research projects carried out with reflexology; however, as yet, there is not a large enough body of evidence for us to make clinical claims of effectiveness.

With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to take more responsibility for their own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life.

New for 2015 – As part of Sara’s commitment to CPD (Continued Professional Development) Sara has recently undertaken a course on Reflexology & Conception. The course is designed for qualified reflexologists who wish to explore safe techniques for working with women who are trying to conceive. The theory sessions looked at the process of conception and numerous issues that may affect it. A practical session will look at lifestyle advice and safe techniques that that can be adapted and applied to both men and women to help enhance fertility and conception.

It is becoming increasingly evident that stress is having a negative impact on all aspects of our lives: – our sleep patterns, our digestive systems, our immune systems and the balance of our hormones. Stress can have a significant impact on a woman’s reproductive system – affecting her menstrual cycle and in turn her fertility. Reflexology can be very effective at helping to reduce the impact of stress, bringing balance back to the body, helping to regulate the hormone levels and the menstrual cycle. Reflexology can help to put a woman in the best of health in order to conceive, carry and deliver a healthy baby.

Who is our Reflexologist?

Sara Milburn – Reflexologist