Deeply relaxing, calming and a wonderful way to boost both physical and emotional wellbeing, it’s no wonder that reflexology is such a popular complementary therapy. This powerful technique works on the principle that various parts of the feet and hands mirror parts of the body. With regular sessions, it can help a range of conditions and ailments, as well as being a great all-round stress-busting treatment.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a centuries-old technique dating back to ancient China and ancient Egypt which treats the body as a whole, working on both a physical and emotional level. The treatment works by applying pressure with the fingers and thumbs to specific points on the feet or hands which correspond to various parts of the body. By working on these ‘reflex’ points, it’s believed that reflexology can boost the body’s own healing energy and may relieve blockages in the flow of energy, restoring calm and better overall wellbeing. History
Dr William Fitzgerald, an American ear, nose and throat specialist, introduced what he named ‘Zone Therapy’ to the West in the early 20th century, having discovered it was effective for providing pain relief during operations. Following this, in the 1930s, American nurse and physiotherapist Eunice Ingham then pioneered the treatment as we know it today, developing a detailed map of the reflex points on the feet showing the corresponding parts of the body.