A form of Reflexology dates back as far as 4000BC in China and Egypt, and the North American tribes of Indians were known to have practised a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years. However the rediscovery of “Zone Therapy” as it was called is accredited to Dr William Fitzgerald between 1915 and 1917. During the 1930’s Eunice Ingham extended the work of Dr William Fitzgerald and mapped the feet with all the corresponding organs and glands of the body which is still used today. Their work has continually been developed and their are now maps for working the hands, head and just the toes, all of which I practice.
The theory behind reflexology is that tension, congestion and disease in the body are mirrored in the feet, hands and head. Each foot, hand and half of the head represent one half of the body and have reflex points for every part of the body. As a reflexologist I don’t diagnose, prescribe or treat specific illnesses, but working on the body I can feel areas that need stimulation to boost your natural healing powers, our bodies are equipped with self-healing facilities, but often fail to work properly because the vital energy pathways are blocked due to degeneration and the stresses and strains of life. Reflexology stimulates the body by reducing stress, accelerating the repair work and natural healing done by the body and boosts the immune system and balances the body. Reflexology encourages healing physically, mentally and emotionally.
Reflexology is a very popular treatment and its appeal is universal and lasting because:
The traditional style of reflexology that most therapists offer is called “The Walking Style” which on it’s own is a lovely treatment and very relaxing, but reflexology has moved on in leaps and bounds over the years and I have been trained in many different styles, some which will be suitable for you and some which won’t.