Reflexology is a therapy based on the principle that there are points on the feet and lower leg that correspond to the major body systems and organs.
Pressure on these points stimulates energy flow to the related organs and body systems.
Reflexology promotes balance in the body on a physical mental emotional and energetic level.
Reflexology is a holistic modality that complements other therapies and modern medicine.
Reflexology can be applied the hands and ears, however, it is most commonly used to treat the feet and lower legs. The treatment brings about improved blood flow and nervous function to the area. Sore and tired feet benefit greatly from the stimulation and mobilization that the treatment provides.
It is beneficial for clients who experience a lack of sensation in their feet as a result of conditions such as diabetes, nerve damage through injury, or treatments such as chemotherapy.
Reflexology suits persons of all ages from babies through to the elderly and infirm.
Reflexology is often used in palliative care. The gentle pressure on the feet is soothing and calming and brings a sense of peace to the client at a time that may be uncomfortable and distressing.
Modern Reflexology is based on an ancient therapy that was practised in China and Egypt 2000BC. It is believed that Marco Polo introduced to massage and reflexology to Europe in the 1300s. Reflexology was practised in the USA in the early 1900s after Dr Fitzgerald and Eunice Inghram (a physiotherapist) developed a treatment protocol and a reflex map based on Zone Therapy. All Reflexology practised today follows these guidelines.
Reflexology offers pregnant mothers many benefits. It helps a range of symptoms, from aches and pains and swollen ankles to tiredness and anxiety, and morning sickness.
During pregnancy, a reflexology session can assist with Lower Back Pain and backache and headaches, fatigue and lack of sleep, constipation and digestive issues.
Pre and Postnatal reflexology will help with balancing and restoring Mum’s fragile hormones and general physical and emotional wellbeing.
Regular treatments during pregnancy, once a month in the early stages, increasing in frequency during the later stages of the pregnancy have proven to be beneficial during pregnancy and labour, and in the months after baby’s arrival.