History of Reflexology
Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, it was not until 1913 that Dr William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose and throat specialist 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, an American therapist, further developed and refined this zone therapy into what is now known as reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot or hand is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body. Thus, when you treat the big toes or thumbs there is a related effect in the head, and treating the whole foot or hand can have a relaxing and healing effect on the whole body.
Doreen Bayly (who trained with Eunice Ingham in America) introduced reflexology to the United Kingdom in the early 1960's.
What Happens on My First Visit?
On your first visit a consultation will be taken to determine your present and past health, and the purpose of your visit. This will take approximately 10 minutes. Please note that it is advisable to wear loose comfortable clothing and trousers that can easily be rolled up to the knee whilst having treatments.
Your feet or hands will be wiped with moist wipes, then either cream or balm will be applied. I will then apply pressure to your feet or hands. Subtle changes in specific points may be detected by myself! By working on the these points, any imbalances and tension may be released and help restore the free flow of energy in the body. The application and the effect of the therapy are unique to each person.
After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very definite way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is transitory and is part of the healing process, as the body releases old tensions or emotions. This is vital information to feed back to myself as it shows how your body is responding to treatment, and to also help to tailor a specific treatment plan to your needs. A course of treatments may be recommended, depending on your body's needs.
Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeking help from your GP or any medical consultants. It is a complementary therapy that can be used alongside medical treatments.
Although reflexology is more commonly associated with feet, hand reflexology is an excellent alternative for people with over sensitive or infected feet, or conditions such as thrombosis. It may be very effective in helping with conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injury and arthritis.