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What is Reflexology?

With an estimated 100 to 200 thousand exteroceptors in the sole of each foot, your feet are among the most nerve-rich parts of your body. Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that the entire body is mirrored in the feet and hands. The reflexologist applies special techniques and pressure to the hands and feet and is then able to discover deposits under the skin which correspond to an issue within the body or a blockage in the energy flow.  Reflexology aims to increase blood flow and to help remove congestion in the body. This helps the body to rebalance and heal itself by improving and optimising your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

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History of Reflexology

Reflexology dates back thousands of years to ancient Egypt, China and India. There has been evidence found in The Physician Tombs of Egypt around 25000 BCE of a wall carving that demonstrates practitioners pressing the hands and feet of two other people.

In Tibet around the seventh century there is written medical texts which illustrate points of the body which are believed to be important to the flow of energy known as vital energy points. In China and Japan there is footwork traced to 4000 years ago, documented in The Yellow Emperors Book of Internal Medicine about 12 energy pathways located throughout the body and vital energy points.

In Europe in the late 15th century, zone therapy was first written and practiced by people for selfcare and by physicians healing the wealthy to relieve stress and pain. Zone therapy is claimed to have derived from Chinese medicine. In England around the late 18th century Sir Henry Head concluded that a relationship between the skin and the internal organs existed and named this “Heads Zones”. In the 19th century Dr William H. FitzGerald an ear, nose and throat specialist was accredited for introducing zone therapy to the American medical profession he documented that there are 10 longitudinal zones in the body, 5 on either side.

In the 1940s Eunice Ingham narrowed the reflexes to the feet and perfected the finger, thumb and hand techniques naming them reflexology. She is known as the “mother of reflexology”.

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Acupressure

Acupressure is a therapy developed over 5,000 years ago as an important aspect of Asian, especially Chinese, medicine. It uses precise finger (or device) placement and pressure over specific points in the feet or hands. These points follow specific channels, known as meridians – the same channels used in acupuncture. According to Asian medical philosophy, activation of these points with pressure can improve blood flow, release tension, and enhance or unblock life-energy, known in China as “qi” or in the English-speaking world as “chi.” This release allows energy to flow more freely through the meridians, promoting relaxation, healing and the restoration of proper functions.

Acupressure is essentially a method of sending a signal to the body to “turn on” its own self-healing or regulatory mechanisms. Normally, Qi (vital energy) circulates through natural pathways in the body called meridians. Blockage of this flow or an imbalance in Yin and Yang can cause illness and pain. Acupressure helps to correct functional imbalances and restore the flow thus returning the body to a more natural state of well-being.

Fertility / Maternity Reflexology

Reflexology can support men & women with their fertility planning, whether the aim is to improve general health, introduce relaxation time to reduce stress levels or to address specific medical health issues such as Polycystic ovaries, low sperm count and Endometriosis.

Maternity reflexology can be used throughout the three trimesters of pregnancy and can help you relax deeply and connect with your baby.

Reflexology may help with pregnancy related conditions such as nausea, fatigue, back ache, constipation and more.

Maternity reflexology can also be used in the preparation for birth, during the first stage of labour and straight after the delivery of your baby.

Reflexology is a wonderful treatment for post –natal recovery regardless of whether you had a natural/straight forward birth or a traumatic one.

Reflexology can help with emotional support, including easing anxiety, postnatal depression, easing breast feeding discomforts, encouraging lactation, insomnia and more.

Read more about how Reflexology can help with fertility and maternity here.

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Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD)

Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is a reflexology technique focussed on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet to bring about a positive change in the lymphatic system of the body.

Studies have shown that with repeated treatments of Reflexology Lymph Drainage the fluid build up doesn’t return to the maximum level experienced by the client.

RLD can be used to relieve symptoms of these conditions too:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Lipodema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • ME
  • Sinus problems
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Muscular tension
  • Aches and pains
  • Premenstrual Syndrome

Read more about RLD here