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"Reflexology is the application of specific pressures to reflex points in the hands and feet"
William Fitzgerald (1872 to 1942)
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy that uses massage to reflex areas found in the feet and the hands. Most commonly, the feet are used as the areas to be treated.
In the feet there are reflex areas corresponding to all the parts of the body. These areas are arranged in such a way as to form a map of the body in the feet, with the right foot corresponding to the right side of the body and the left foot corresponding to the left side of the body. By having the whole body represented in the feet, the method offers a means of treating the whole body.
History of Reflexology
The method has been used for several thousands of years and is known to have been practised in a similar manner by the Chinese and the Egyptians. More recently, Reflexology was described in the form in which it is now known by the late Eunice Ingham, an American lady, who based her method of treatment on work called 'Zone Therapy' which had been described some years earlier in the 1920's by an American, Dr. William Fitzgerald.
Reflexology does not claim to be a 'cure-all' but numerous different disorders have been successfully treated by this method. These disorders include such things as migraine, sinus problems, hormonal imbalances, breathing disorders, digestive problems, circulatory problems, back problems and tension and stress. Most people who have experienced treatment would agree that the method can be most beneficial and is also a very relaxing therapy.
You will be seated in a reclining position and will be asked to remove your shoes and socks.
The therapist will initially examine your feet before commencing with the precise massage movements. The particular type of massage involved requires the application of a firm pressure using the side and end of the thumb. In some instances, the fingers may also be employed.
All areas on both feet will be massaged. Areas corresponding to parts of the body that are out of balance will feel uncomfortable or tender when massaged and the degree of tenderness will indicate the degree of imbalance. The sensitivity of the feet varies from person to person and the trained therapist will understand the correct pressure to apply and how to interpret the tendernesses felt. The massage should not be very uncomfortable to even the most sensitive of feet.
The full treatment session will last approximately 50 minutes and at the end of a session your feet should feel warm and you relaxed.
Reflexology is a particularly pleasant treatment and a means of maintaining the body in good health.