Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. I work holistically with my clients and aim to work alongside healthcare provided by Doctors to promote better health.
Reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, and was introduced to the West by Dr William Fitzgerald who 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.
Reflexology is a very individual treatment which works with you holistically, so it is not possible to know in advance how you will react. Usually, after a treatment your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving. You may also find that other aspects improve too; however, this happens on an individual basis.
Reflexology is a therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from newborn babies to those receiving end of life care, and everyone in between. However, there may occasionally be times when it is not suitable to provide a treatment.
Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive; depending on the type of reflexology, the most clothing that will have to be removed for a treatment to take place will be your socks and shoes.
A consultation requiring a full medical history will be requested on your first treatment, and you will be asked to sign a consent form before treatment begins. This information will be kept confidential a per GDPR.
I will then use my hands (or warm stones) to apply pressure to the feet and lower leg.
After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people notice a sense of well-being and relaxation; however, it is possible you may feel a little tearful, or lethargic and this will pass.
It is useful to give feedback to me either during or after a treatment or between treatments as this may show me how your body responds.
In turn it might help me to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.