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A brief history...
Reflexology has its roots in Egypt. Evidence has been found from 2300BC that these ancient people had discovered its healing powers. The Chinese have also been using it for many years, as have many other countries. The theory was later developed by an American in the 1900’s who charted the ten zones or energy pathways within the body which influence the internal organs. This was described as zone therapy.
This concept was developed further by another American, Eunice Ingham, who is regarded as the pioneer of reflexology in its modern form. It was introduced to Britain by one of her students, Doreen Bayly. It has been taught and practised since the 1960’s and is now represented by a professional associations, namely the Association of Reflexologists..
What is Reflexology…
Reflexology is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which involves a specific pressure technique of massage, that uses the thumb and fingers to stimulate particular points on the hands and feet. Reflexology is based on the idea that the body has a natural form of energy flowing throughout, helping to maintain optimum health and promote healing, but this energy can be easily disrupted, giving rise to health problems and illnesses.
Reflexology is also based on the theory that there are “Reflex points” on both the hands and feet corresponding to each organ and structure within the body, all are linked by a series of energy channels or zones running throughout the entire body.
How does Reflexology work…
It is estimated that 70% of all health disorders can be related to stress and nervous tension and this can have a dramatic effect upon the health and function of the body.
Good circulation is crucial for the nourishment of cells and elimination of unwanted toxins. If the body is tense, the circulation is inhibited and so blockages occur within the energy channels. If these blockages/imbalances are not broken down then illness can develop, simply because the immune system is not working properly. By inducing a state of deep relaxation, reflexology can help reduce tension and encourages the body to release blockages that are causing the imbalance, thus promoting self-healing.
Who can benefit from Reflexology…
Reflexology does not conflict with orthodox medical treatment and practitioners will always seek to confer with the medical profession and make referrals when necessary.
The therapy is suitable for all ages and sexes. It should not be regarded as a cure-all but most conditions respond to treatment.
Reflexology has been known to improve the following conditions:
Stress related conditions
Headaches and migraines
Heart and circulation disorders
Anxiety and depression
Back and neck problems
Liver and gall bladder problems
Diarrhoea and constipation
Improves lymphatic system
Muscle and joint pain
Infertility and menstrual disorders