History of Reflexology
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points of the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients.
Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to around 3000 years old from Ancient Egypt, India and China, this therapy was not introduced to the West until Dr William Fitzgerald developed 'Zone therapy'. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known as reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Therapists aim to work alongside traditional healthcare, GP’s and other professionals to promote health and wellbeing.
Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing. Some people find it works for them - some don't. The best way to find out is to try it!
There have been some positive research projects carried out with reflexology; however, as yet, there is not a large enough body of evidence for us to make clinical claims of effectiveness.
It is estimated that 75% of all disease and illnesses are caused by stress and with ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to take more responsibility for their own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life.
Ten ways that reflexology can aid your wellbeing include:
2. Improve general wellbeing
3. Stress relief
4. Reduce tension
5. Improve circulation
6. Detox the body
7. Strengthen the immune system
8. Improve sleep
9. Calm the mind
10. Increase energy
The balancing effect of reflexology means that you can feel re-energised and revitalised.
Reflexology is a wonderful holistic complementary therapy that can help with a wide range conditions. Here are just some of the conditions that benefit from reflexology:
- Anxiety and depression
- Back problems
- Blood pressure
- Bowel disorders
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- Gynaecological disorders
- Hay fever
- Knee problems
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle tension
- Neck problems
- PMS/hormonal problems
- Poor sleep patterns
- Parkinson's, Alzheimer's & Dementia
- Respiratory problems
- Skin conditions
- Stomach conditions such as IBS
- Stress disorders
- Thyroid imbalance
Reflexology is generally very safe, natural, holistic complementary therapy, however it is not a substitute for medical intervention and it is important that for any serious medical conditions, diagnosis is made by a medical professional.