Reflexology is based on the principal that every organ and part of the body has a corresponding reflex area in the feet. By applying gentle pressure to the reflexes it helps to relieve tension, improve blood and nerve supply and restore balance to the whole body. This encourages healing to take place. It effectively treats many conditions including stress.
This treatment is a natural healing therapy involving no medication or drugs. It is based on the principle that every organ, system and part of the body has a corresponding reflex area or zone in the feet. By applying gentle but firm pressure to these reflexes it stimulates the body's natural energy flow, and can help release any blockages along these energy pathways. Thus the free flow of energy restores balance to the whole body. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself at its own pace.
Reflexology is an ancient healing therapy which was practiced thousands of years ago by the Chinese and Egyptian people. It was also known to some of the primitive tribes of Africa and to the Red Indians.
Reflexology was introduced to the Western World in 1913 by Dr. William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose and throat surgeon, and was later refined by Eunice lngham in the 1930's.
Your first visit will be slightly longer than subsequent treatments, because it is one of assessment. Your feet will be examined and any sensitive areas noted. Any slight discomfort should not last and is the result of stress or an imbalance in that part of the body. Areas for future treatment will be identified. A general medical history and details of lifestyle, diet, etc. are noted.
During the treatment the feet are also given a general relaxing massage. Reflexology may be carried out on the hands where conditions prevent the treatment being performed on the feet. Many people have a feeling of well-being and relaxation after a treatment which in itself is of great benefit and reduces stress and tension. The Reflexologist will want to know how you react to each treatment in order to help plan subsequent sessions.
A course of treatment will vary according to each individuals needs, how long a particular condition has lasted and how quickly the body is able to respond. An average might be six to eight treatments of about one hour each, but it can vary. A follow-up session may occasionally be necessary in order to maintain the sense of well-being. An increasing number of people are using Reflexology and finding that it marks the turning point in their state of health, feeling that their body is more relaxed and balanced.
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