Reflexology is an ancient practice based on the study that all the body’s organs, glands and systems are mapped out on our feet. Pressure techniques are applied to specific reflexes or points on the feet, stimulating a response in the corresponding part of the body.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy (Chi) flows through our bodies. If the energy flows freely, we are balanced and healthy, however, obstruction to the flow could result in illness. Reflexology was brought to the West in 1915 by William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose and throat specialist. He noted that pressure on one part of the body seemed to produce a numbing effect elsewhere, and introduced the idea of energy zones, running, as with Chinese Meridians, from head to toe.
Then, in the 1930s, Eunice Ingham, an American physiotherapist, wrote a book, Stories the Feet Can Tell, developing the idea that tension in the body can be treated by massaging certain points on the feet.
Reflexology induces deep relaxation, increases energy levels and reduces stress. It is a gentle therapy that aims to encourage the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.
What should I expect from from a Reflexology Treatment?
Following a full consultation, you will lie back whilst I will begin working on your feet. During the treatment, you may experience some of the following:
- deep relaxation
- some physical sensations, such as twitching, tingling, a bruised feeling or even a sharp sensation at specific points
- you may even have an emotional reaction, perhaps feel tearful
After the treatment, in the first 24-48 hours, you may experience some of the following:
- a feeling of well-being
- awareness of feeling relaxed, rejuvenated or invigorated
- exacerbation of presenting symptoms, eg, needing to go to the toilet, headache
- extreme tiredness or feeling sleepy
- emotional reactions, like tearfulness or mood swings
These types of reactions to the treatment are known as healing responses where there is a temporary increase in symptoms and are a sign that your body is going through the process of cleansing itself of impurities, toxins and imbalances.