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What is Reflexology?

The ancient healing art of
reflexology has been known
to man for many thousands
of years. It was first practiced
by the early Indian, Chinese
and Egyptian peoples.

In 1913 Dr. William Fitzgerald,
an American ear, nose and
throat surgeon, introduced
this therapy to the West. He
noted that pressure on specific
parts of the body could have
an anaesthetising effect on a
related area. Developing this
theory, he divided the body into
ten equal and vertical zones,
ending in the fingers and toes.
He concluded that pressure on the part of a zone could affect everything else within that zone. Thus, reflex areas on the feet and hands are linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.

In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham, a therapist, further developed and refined the zone therapy into what is now known as foot reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrors congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body. Thus, when you treat the big toes there is a related effect in the head, and treating the whole foot can have a relaxing and healing effect on the whole body.

How Can Reflexology Help You?

The body has the ability to heal itself. Following 
illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state 
of "imbalance", and vital energy pathways are 
blocked, preventing the body from functioning 
effectively. Reflexology can be used to restore 
and maintain the body's natural equilibrium 
and encourage healing.

A Therapist uses hands only to apply gentle
pressure to the feet. For each person the 
application and the effect of the therapy is 
unique. Sensitive, trained hands can detect 
tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet, and 
by working on these points the reflexologist 
can release blockages 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 at its own pace, often 
counteracting a lifetime of misuse.

Who Can Benefit From Reflexology?

Since reflexology treats the whole person, not the 
symptoms of disease, most people benefit from 
treatment. The therapy brings relief to a wide range 
of acute and chronic conditions, and is suitable for 
all ages. Once your body is in-tune, it is wise to have 
regular treatments in order to help maintain health 
and well-being. An increasing number of people are 
using this safe, natural therapy as a way of relaxing, 
balancing and harmonizing the body.

What Happens When You Go For Treatment?

The Therapist begins to work on your feet, or hands if necessary, noting problem areas. There may be discomfort in some places, but it is fleeting, and is an indication of congestion or imbalance in a corresponding part of the body. For the most part, the sensation is pleasant and soothing. Reflexology will relax you while stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms.

A treatment session lasts for one hour.  After the first treatment or two your body may respond in a very definite way: you may have a feeling of well-being and relaxation; or you may feel lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is transitory. It is, however, vital information for reflexologists, as it shows how your body is responding to treatment.

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