Reflexology

Reflexology focuses on the whole person with the aim of balancing the mind, body and spirit. It is a complementary therapy that is performed on the feet. Its aim is to promote relaxation, giving you that ‘me time’ and the space to focus on yourself. It is a wonderful way to support you through the stresses and strains placed upon you by everyday life, helping to restore the body’s natural balance.

Reflexology is based on the theory that the feet are a microcosm of the body and that different reflex points on the feet correspond with the organs, glands and all systems of the body. Applying pressure to these points will help to relieve tension and stress.

After a treatment, many of my clients report an improvement in their general wellbeing and other things may improve too. The results can be very surprising. The only way to see if reflexology will work for you is to try it!

My clients come to me for a variety of reasons. In addition to classic foot reflexology I also work with clients in a number of specific areas:

Preconception reflexology helps to support individuals and couples throughout their conception journey.
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Maternity/postnatal reflexology has many benefits for mum during pregnancy and beyond, particularly with preparation for labour.
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Nerve reflexology concentrates on the nervous system reflexes, helping to release tension.
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Chinese foot massage relieves stress, relaxing and calming the mind and body, and is the perfect complement to a reflexology session.

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In one amazing treatment reflexology benefits the body by working on five key areas:

Relaxation
Relaxation is the act of relaxing the mind and body, enabling it to be free from anxiety and tension. Relaxation can physically induce calmness and helps sedate the body's processes after a period of stress.

Tension
It is thought prolonged stress can manifest itself as tension within the body which could have negative consequences on health and wellbeing.

Mood
Mood is your frame of mind, the emotions you feel at any particular time. It can be affected by certain aspects of your life such as illness, past life experiences, financial problems and work pressures, or simply as a result of every day's life stressors.

Wellbeing
Wellbeing can be difficult to define. A good sense of wellbeing is not just the lack of illness, sadness or worry in your life, but a feeling of contentment, being happy and feeling healthy. Wellbeing is recognising that it is sometimes natural to feel emotional and out of sorts, and knowing when to seek help and support.

Sleep
Sleeping well is essential to our physical and emotional health. Lack of sleep can affect our ability to concentrate, impair memory and it can take its toll on mood. It can lead to poor physical health, increase accidents, impede job performance and can be a factor in relationship stress. Reflexology is a gentle natural way to help the body relax and this can aid sleep.

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Background

Reflexology is based on the principle that there are different points on the feet which correspond with the organs, glands and parts of the body. It is based on zone theory whereby the body is divided into 10 vertical zones ending in the fingers and toes. Every organ, gland, muscle etc. lies within a zone that can be accessed via a specific reflex point on the feet.

Reflexologists use special finger thumb manipulation to stimulate and sedate reflexes. It is thought this helps relieve tension in the corresponding part of the body.

Millions of people around the world use reflexology alongside conventional health care. Reflexology is a tool to counteract the effects of stress which can have negative impact upon the body and mind.

It is important to note that reflexology cannot claim to cure and the therapist is not able to make a diagnosis. Diagnosis can only be made by your doctor or medical practitioner.

History

Reflexology has been practiced for centuries and has its roots in the ancient civilisations of Egypt, India and China.

Reflexology was possibly first recorded as a pictograph on an Egyptian tomb in 2330BC. Paintings of the Hindu god Vishnu record Sanskrit symbols on Vishnu's feet which may depict reflexology points. The Chinese classic 'The Yellow Emperors Classic Internal Medicine' which was written 1,000 BC discusses the connection of life force and points and areas on the feet.

Modern reflexology was brought to the world’s attention by Dr. William Fitzgerald in 1913 and he designed a chart on the longitudinal zones on the body.

The term 'reflexology' was first coined in the 1930s by physiotherapist Eunice Ingham. She observed that congestion or tension in any parts of the foot is mirrored in corresponding part of the body and she subsequently developed the foot map which is still in use today.

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