Reflexology is the theory that the feet mirror the whole body like a map of the body's anatomy, corresponding with the organs, structures and systems within it . When we are fit and well, energy flows freely throughout the body but stagnates when we are ill or stressed. Physical or emotional symptoms may then arise. By stimulating the reflex points on the feet, the body’s natural healing mechanisms are activated and can help to bring it back into a state of natural balance. For History of Reflexology Scroll down
What is Reflexology and Does it really work?
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How can it help?
Please be aware that Reflexology treats the person not the condition.
Having times in our lives when we feel stressed and anxious is perfectly normal and in the short term can even help us to perform better. However, if pressures begin to feel excessive or stress levels remain high for extended periods of time, this can leave us feeling frazzled and health and well being can be affected. This can affect both our physical and mental health. Long term stress can affect many systems in the body and is thought to be responsible for many illnesses. As reflexology induces a state of deep relaxation, this facilitates a natural return to health.
By inducing deep relaxation and a release of tension and the stimulation of glands such as the pineal gland, this can lead to an improved frame of mind and subsequently, improved sleep.
Reflexology aims to restore the free flow of energy and blood circulation throughout the body and also aids the 5 elimination channels (kidneys, bowels, lungs, skin and lymphatic system) to be able to excrete their waste efficiently.
By stimulating the liver and kidneys the detoxification process may help some skin conditions.
Stimulation of certain hormones such as serotonin from the brain, which is a substance found in anti-depressant drugs, may help to lift mood and aid depression and anxiety symptoms.
Reflexology stimulates the adrenal glands to release natural cortisone which may ease pain.
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The best way to find out if Reflexology would benefit you is to try it. If you have a long term condition the symptoms may be more manageable with Reflexology and it may also provide preventative healthcare to help protect the body from future illness.
Is it safe?
Reflexology is a safe non-intrusive therapy. However, there are some contra indications when reflexology will not be advisable or may need extra caution . For example, anyone with ongoing deep vein thrombosis or any form of blood clot could not be treated until their medication to control the clotting was properly balanced. A qualified reflexologist will always take a full medical history prior to undertaking a treatment so will be able to advise if there are any concerns.
Reflexologists do not claim to diagnose, cure or prescribe and you should always seek medical advice for any condition you may have.
In an ancient tomb in Egypt, there are pictures depicting what appears to be a foot massage, and the Chinese have been using pressure as a healing therapy for thousands of years. In the early 20th century, Dr William FitzGerald noticed that one part of the body was affected by pressing on another part of the body. If the energy is blocked in one part of the zone, this could mean that the whole zone is blocked and could have an adverse effect on other parts of the body. This theory was further developed by Eunice Ingram, a physiotherapist, who decided to use the feet to treat the whole body as they were at the end of the longitudinal zone. She went on to develop the foot maps that are in use for reflexology today.
For generations, the Cherokee Native Americans of North Carolina have appreciated and applied the practice of reflex-point work on the feet. They have used this technique as a healing art and recognise the importance of the feet in maintaining physical, mental and spiritual balance. They also uphold that working on the feet is a very important part of a sacred healing ceremony - the feet are connected through one's spirit to the earth, thereby to the whole universe, and the energies that flow through it.