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What is reflexology?
Reflexology is an extremely relaxing therapy which is performed on the feet and hands with the need to remove only shoes and socks. It is a natural therapy that encourages the body to heal itself and was used thousands of years ago by the Egyptians. Our entire body is divided into zones. By applying pressure to the feet we can help to stimulate areas in these zones and balance the whole body.
Reflexology is very relaxing and may help with the following ailments such as migraine, stress, infertility, IBS, skin conditions, depression, thyroid problems, hormone imbalance and much more.
Treatments last approx. 50 minutes.
Reflexology dates back thousands of years. It was first used by the Indians, Egyptians and Chinese people.
In 1913, Dr William Fitzgerald, an ear, nose and throat surgeon introduced this therapy to the west. He divided the whole body into 10 zones that were equal & vertical, ending in the fingers and toes. By applying pressure on one part of a zone could affect everything else in that zone. Therefore by applying pressure over the 10 zones in the feet, we are actually working the whole body. In the 1930's a therapist Eunice Ingham, developed zone therapy into foot reflexology, she found that the feet mirror the body exactly. This is how we use reflexology today.
How can reflexology help you?
The body has the ability to heal itself. If we have been suffering from an illness, stress or injury, the body will be suffering from an imbalance - the energy will not be flowing freely through the body, preventing the body from functioning efficiently. By using reflexology we can encourage the energy to move more freely through the body thus helping obtain its natural equilibrium & encourage healing.
Who can benefit from reflexology?
Since reflexology treats the whole person, not the symptoms of disease, most people benefit from treatment. The therapy may help to bring relief to a wide range of acute & chronic conditions. Once your body is in tune, it is wise to have regular treatments in order to help maintain health & well being.
Reflexology is perfectly safe to use even during the early stages of pregnancy. It can help relive backache, tiredness, haemorrhoids, sickness and other related conditions. It may reduce labour time by up to half, and can help new babies to be calm and relaxed and settle into a good sleeping routine. It can also help at the following stages:
Pre-conception - helps the reproductive system to work efficiently. The ovaries/testes become stimulated helping with conception.
During labour - to help with pain relief and the maintenance of calmness and focus.
To induce labour - there are no guarantees, but with the aid of reflexology, as the body goes into labour, it can help regulate and strengthen contractions. (Consent of the midwife/obstetric care is required).
Following childbirth - helps the body to heal quickly and is very effective in the treatment of postnatal depression. It can also help to ease colic or constipation in babies.
Reflexology and Children
Reflexology is also excellent for babies, toddlers, young children and teenagers for the treatment of ailments including constipation, eczema, stress and acne.
Obviously, the older the child, the easier treatments are to perform. However, reflexology may be beneficial to boisterous toddlers, coupled with some light massage techniques. These are only performed for a short time or as long as the baby/toddler is happy. Some of the techniques can be demonstrated to parents/carers for home use.
Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT)
VRT is practiced on the feet in a standing weight bearing position. It is performed at the beginning and /or end of a treatment. The body responds quicker to VRT than conventional reflexology and some reactions may be instant. This treatment is relatively new compared to conventional reflexology and was discovered in the 1990's. It may help orthopaedic conditions.
Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage Massage (RLDM)
RLDM is performed following reflexology treatment on the foot. It helps to remove toxins and impurities from the body and supports the integrity of the lymphatic system. It is useful for conditions such as oedema and is excellent for pregnant women.
As an introduction to Reflexology, why not have a Reflexology Party in the comfort of your own home.
If you host a party you will receive a free 15 minute treatment, that can be upgraded to 30 minutes.
For further details, please contact us.