Reflexology has been practiced for thousands
of years in Asia. It was introduced to the West in 1913 by William H.
Fitzgerald, M.D. He showed that applying pressure to specific points
on the feet, it had an anesthetic effect on another area.
was further developed by Eunice
D. Ingham, a nurse and physiotherapist, in the 1930s and 1940s.
Ingham found that the feet and hands were especially sensitive, and
then mapped the entire body into "reflexes" on the feet. It
was at this time that "zone therapy" was renamed reflexology,
and found to be effective for more than just pain reduction.
Happens During Treatment
Reflexology is a Complementary Therapy that
works on the feet, hands or even ears to help boost the bodies natural
ability to heal itself. Even though Reflexology does not need a diagnosis,
you will be asked, before treatments starts, questions about your general
health, as conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis need more care
and consideration during treatment.
the treatment you will need to remove your shoes and socks. You may
also need to roll up your trousers, so try to wear light baggy clothes.
You will either be lying down face up or in the sitting position with
your feet raised. You will mostly have reflexology applied to the feet.
For each person the application and the effect of the therapy is unique.
Tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet can be detected, and by working
on these points, blockages can be released and restore the free flow
of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased, and circulation and
elimination is improved. This gentle therapy encourages the body to
heal itself, often counteracting a lifetime of misuse.
a treatment session lasts between 30 minutes to 1 hour. A course of
treatment varies in length depending on your body's needs. This will
be discuss with you at the first session.
does it feel like?
During treatment, Feelings of relaxation, comfort,
or well being are common. You may sigh, yawn, or fall asleep - this
is often described as surprisingly refreshing. Sometimes you may feel
"Tingling" sensations or slightly reduced body temperature
as a result of relaxation. The tingling and tiredness are due to release
of built-up toxins and clearing of energy blockages in the body.
points on the feet may be tender or even a little painful to begin with,
but this is fleeting and will ease. These tender points indicate where
blockages and imbalances are.
main effects you should notice after a treatment are reduced stress,
feelings of deep relaxation, Improved circulation and revitalized personal
rare cases you may experience a "healing crisis", which may
include headaches, nausea and sinus congestion. This is likely to be
a result of the body clearing its toxins, and is unlikely to be disabling
or to last more than twenty-four hours. This experience although unpleasant,
it is a positive cleansing process.
term effects of regular treatments are reduced stress and improved immune
system. Stress can drain the immune system, leading to more frequent
cases of illness and infection. Stress can also cause tension, which
can cause neck and shoulder stiffness and headaches. Regular relaxation
can help prevent stress and improve the overall functioning of the immune
system. You will also benefit from increased energy, motivation and
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