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The ancient healing art of reflexology has been known to man for many thousands of years. It was first introduced by the early Indian, Chinese and Egyptian people.
In 1913, Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose and throat surgeons, introduced reflexology to the West. He noticed that pressure on specific parts of the body could have an anaesthetising 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 a zone could affect everything else within that zone. Thus, reflex areas on the feet and hands are linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930’s, a therapist named Eunice Ingham further developed the zone therapy into what is now known as foot reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the body mirrors congestion or tension in the corresponding parts of the body. Thus, treating the big toes has a related effect in the head and treating the whole foot can have a relaxing effect on the whole body.

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 on the feet. For each person, the application and effect of the therapy is unique. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet, and by working on these points the reflexologist can release blockages and restore the 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.

Since reflexology treats the whole person, not just the symptoms of the disease, most people can benefit from treatment. The therapy brings relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions and is suitable for all ages. Once your body is ‘ in-tune’, it is wise to have regular treatments to help maintain well-being. An increasing number of people are using this safe, natural therapy as a way of relaxing, balancing and harmonising the body.

Below are some common conditions which respond best to reflexology:

  • Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Cystitis
  • Kidney & Bladder disorders
  • Asthma
  • Back problems
  • Sciatica
  • Migraine
  • Menopause
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Constipation & Diarrhoea
  • Insomnia
  • Sinusitis
  • Acne

On your first visit there is a full naturopathic consultation with the practitioner. The reflexologist then begins to work on your feet or hands if necessary, noting problem areas. There may be some discomfort in some cases, but it is fleeting, and is an indication of congestion or imbalance in the 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 one hour. A course of treatment varies in length depending on your body’s needs. Your reflexologist will discuss with you at the first session. After the first or second treatment your body may respond in a very definite way: you may have a feeling of well-being and relaxation or you may feel lethargic, nauseous or tearful but this is transitory. It is however, vital information for reflexologists as it shows how your body is responding top treatment.

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