Reflexology has its’ origins in ancient healing practices around the world including Egypt, China and India, dating from around 2000BC.
Modern reflexology was developed by Dr Fitzgerald, an American physician who also studied Native Americans. He discovered that using pressure on different points of the feet and hands had a pain-relieving effect on corresponding parts of the body. Ten energy zones were charted, starting at the crown of the head, and extending to toes and fingertips.
Today Reflexologists apply specific pressure techniques to these reflex points to help stimulate the body’s healing mechanisms. A skilled practitioner can feel imbalances for example by tension, a granular sensation, or the client themselves may feel more sensitivity on particular points.
Over a course of treatments, these points can be worked on more. Reflexology can help improve circulation and nerve conduction, encourage the release of toxins from the body via the lymphatic system, and boost the immune system. It has an analgesic effect, reducing pain by stimulating the release of endorphins. It’s a holistic treatment, and aims to work both on a physical and emotional level.
Each reflexology treatment is bespoke, completely customised to best serve each client. Whilst there may be areas of the feet, hands or face which are more sensitive, massage techniques are used throughout the treatment. My intention is always to give a deeply relaxing and restorative experience.
The effects of reflexology are cumulative and often the full effects can be seen after 4-6 sessions. This can then be followed by regular ‘maintenance’ treatments.
Reflexology can be adapted to suit all ages, from infancy to old age.
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Reflexology should not be used as an alternative to seeing your Doctor or taking medical advice. It is a complementary therapy and can be used alongside other medical treatments. Please click here for treatment prices