Reflexology

Reflexology is an extremely effective form of foot massage based on the
principle that ‘reflex points’ on the hands and feet correspond to each organ and
structure in the body and are linked to those organs by energy channels, zones
or meridians. When illness or imbalance occurs in the body, the corresponding
energy channels become blocked and Reflexology Massage is aimed to destroy
these blocks, allowing the energy to flow freely again, so restoring the body’s
natural balance, and hence – good health.

Over the ages a number of ancient peoples have been using their own
form of reflexology, including the Chinese and Egyptians.

In the 1930s, Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist for Dr. Joseph Shelby
Riley, who was also a student and advocate of the theory, used zone therapy in
her work with patients. She concluded that since the zones ran throughout the
body and could be accessed anywhere, some areas might be more accessible and
effective than others. She was right. The feet were the most responsive areas
for working the zones because they were extremely sensitive. Eventually, she
mapped the entire body onto the feet and discovered that an alternating pressure on the various points had therapeutic effects far beyond the limited use to which zone therapy had been previously employed, namely, reduction of pain. And so reflexology was born.

The benefits of Reflexology

  • reduces stress and induces deep relaxation
  • improves circulation
  • cleanses the body of toxins and impurities
  • balances the whole system
  • revitalises energy
  • preventive health care
  • stimulates creativity and productivity

 Contra-Indications

Reflexology is an extremely safe therapy and there are few contra-indications although there are certainly some circumstances where care must be taken:

  • people who are very tender to the touch
  • people with degenerative conditions such as diabetes and urinary system problems
  • the elderly
  • any injuries or foot conditions
  • pregnant ladies in the 1st trimester
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