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Reflexology, what is it and where did it all begin?

Foot Reflexology


As a Reflexologist I am often asked, what is Reflexology?

It was once an unknown therapy, however, in recent years Reflexology has become very popular, even being used as part of a complementary therapy package in palliative care. It aims to work with the body to keep it in balance and to help activate the body’s natural abilities to heal itself.

Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside standard healthcare  to promote better health for their clients.


Is it western or eastern ?

There is evidence of the art of Reflexology in Egyptian and Indian history.  However, modern day Reflexology was actually a form of Zone Therapy , that was brought to the west in 1913 by Dr William Fitzgerald. He was first to believe a link existed between  areas on the hands and feet, to organs in the body. Ultimately, Eunice Ingham in 1930 is credited with mapping the feet and creating  the therapy we know today.

How does it work?

Reflexology works on a subtle energy relationship between the reflex points on the foot and corresponding organs in the body. Although you cannot see the reflexes physically or scientifically, they nevertheless do exist. Users  and receivers of the therapy, can happily testify  to this.

What happens in a session?

A  therapist will  use their  hands to apply pressure to the feet, lower leg, hands, ears or face, depending on the type of reflexology chosen. You may feel areas of slight discomfort during the treatment but generally the experience is relaxing.

How Will I feel after the Reflexology has  finished ?

Usually, after a treatment your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving. However, this happens on an individual basis.

Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person. As a therapist, I take into account both physical & non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing. Some people find it works for them – some don’t. The best way to find out is to try it!”

Why not try it for yourself and book an appointment? Contact me for details.


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