Used in ancient times, reflexology is a way of activating the healing powers of the body. It is a holistic complementary therapy, treating the whole person (physical, mental and emotional) not just the presenting symptoms.
Reflexology is an art and science based on the premise that there are reflex areas in the feet, hands, ears and face that correspond to parts of the body, including glands and organs. Reflexology is not a massage, but a unique method of using thumbs and fingers on these reflex areas.
In about 1913 Dr. William Fitzgerald introduced a therapy to the west called Zone Therapy. He noted 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 Therapy into what is now known as Reflexology. Eunice observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
I trained with the International Institute of Reflexology whose founder, Dwight Byers is the nephew of Eunice Ingham and is the only organisation who is legally entitled to teach the Orginal Ingham method.
Reflexology can benefit people of all ages.
On your first visit, I will have a preliminary talk with you to determine your present and past health and lifestyle. A consultation sheet will be completed.
You will then relax in a reclining chair as I work around your feet. The pressure will be adjusted to suit your own personal comfort level. I will note areas of imbalance and these can be discussed after the treatment.
The treatment will finish with a soothing foot massage.
The treatment session usually last for about 60 minutes, except the first visit which will take approximately 75 minutes (initial consultation).
After the treatment most people feel a sense of wellbeing and relaxation. You may sometimes experience worsening symptoms for a short while before they improve. This is the result of the balancing effects of the treatment and are a sign that your body is on the process of cleansing and healing itself. The body occasionally uses short-term illnesses to release toxins. This means that the immune system is being strengthened and activated.
It is recommended that you rest after the treatment and drink plenty of water to flush the toxins out.
A course of treatments may be recommended depending on you body's needs. There is no hard and fast rule, although most people benefit from 3 - 4 treatments. However some people like to have reflexology occasionally as a relaxing treat.
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