“The body contains the inherent ability and intelligence to heal itself provided it is given the opportunity to do so.” Hippocrates the ‘Father of Medicine’, 450-357 BC.
Reflexology is the ancient art of healing by working pressure points on the feet, hands and ears that correspond to different organs, glands or structures of the body.
Whether you are in optimum health or have a serious condition, Reflexology offers a natural, drug free treatment which promotes relaxation and enhances your physical and mental state. It is a preventative therapy boosting the immune system and helping greatly to ease feelings of tension and stress. It can be wonderfully relaxing, rejuvenating and energising.
Reflexology has been practiced for about 5,000 years. Its origins have been traced from inscriptions and papyrus manuscripts found in a physician’s tomb in Egypt. It is believed that it spread from Egypt via the Roman Empire to India, China and North America. Tibet also has ancient evidence of it being practiced there.
Modern reflexology was pioneered in the 1930s by Eunice Ingham who, using ‘zone therapy’ showed that the reflexes on the feet were an exact mirror image of the whole body.
HOW IT WORKs
Following illness, injury or stress, vital energy pathways in the body are blocked preventing the body from functioning optimally. Reflexology is thought to help by unblock these pathways by ridding the body of toxins and improving circulation. This restores the body’s equilibrium and encourages healing. Through reflexology, tiny deposits or imbalances in the feet can be detected. By breaking up these crystal deposits in the feet, the toxins are carried off into the blood stream and eliminated. This relieves the congestion in the body and the body functions flow more smoothly. During this process tension can be eased and circulation and elimination can be vastly improved. The fundamental of reflexology is that it helps to improve the flow of blood and oxygen to all areas, all organs, all systems of the body. It’s like the body takes a deep breath and everything can begin to work more effectively.
Each ‘zone’ represents an area of the body, and anything that happens in that zone can affect everything else in the same zone, rather like the meridians in acupuncture. The body, being a complex and wonderful thing, strives to find balance and restore health. The input of careful, sensitive working over the feet can provide the catalyst for this to happen more readily.
These enormous benefits are recognised by the medical profession, with many GPs now referring patients for reflexology as a complement to conventional medicine.
HOW REFLEXOLOGY CAN HELP YOU
Reflexology is holistic, treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. With 75% of illnesses being stress-related, most people benefit. It is suitable for people of all ages, from tiny babies to the elderly. For each person the effects of the therapy are unique. Many people with the following symptoms receive benefits with regular reflexology:
- high blood pressure
- constipation and IBS
- sleep disorders
- pain relief
- asthma and allergies
- headaches and migraines
- sinus problems
- menstrual irregularities
- poor circulation
- pregnancy (and post-natal)
- post-operative recovery
- skin problems