WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY
The ancient healing art of reflexology has been known to man for many thousands of years. It was first practiced by the early Indian, Chinese and Egyptian people.
In 1913 Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American nose and throat surgeon introduced this therapy to the West. He noted that pressure on specific parts of the body could have an anesthetizing effect on a related area. Developing this theory, he divided the body into ten equal and vertical zones ending in the fingers and toes. He concluded that pressure on one part of the zone could affect everything else within that zone. Thus, reflex areas on the feet and hands are linked to other areas and to organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930's Eunice Ingham, a therapist, further developed and refined the zone theory into what is now known as foot reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in a part of the foot mirrors congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body. For example, when you treat the big toe, there is a related effect in the head, and treating the whole foot can have a relaxing and healing effect on the whole of the body.
How can reflexology help you?
The body has the ability to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state of "imbalance", and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body's natural equilibrium and encourage healing.
A reflexologist uses hands only to apply gentle pressure to the feet. For each person the application and effect of therapy is unique. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances of the feet, and by working on these points the reflexologist can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased, and circulation and elimination is improved. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse. On your first visit there is a preliminary talk with the practitioner. The reflexologist then begins to work on your feet noting problem areas, and there may be an indication of congestion or imbalance in a corresponding part of the body. For the most part, the sensation is pleasant and soothing. Reflexology will relax you while stimulating the body’s own healing mechanisms.
Usually a treatment session lasts for about 1 hour. A course of treatment varies in length depending on your body's needs. Your reflexologist will discuss this with you at the first session, and after the first treatment or two you will be able to tell the reflexologist how your body is responding.