What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a holistic non-invasive complementary therapy, which works on the principle that a specific pressure and technique is applied to the feet and/or hands corresponding to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Stimulating these areas can assist well-being in a safe and natural way. The aim of reflexology is to release any blockages and to restore the free flow of energy within the body.
Reflexology is a safe, natural holistic treatment that helps to balance and harmonise the body and can be beneficial to all ages. Reflexology can be used to aid the restoration and maintenance of the body’s natural equilibrium, encouraging natural feelings of wellbeing. Reflexology can also be incorporated into a preventative healthcare lifestyle, which is becoming more and more important in modern life, as we continue to realise the damage caused to health by our environment.
It may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions by:
- Easing digestive disorders
- Supporting woman’s health including menstrual problems and hormonal imbalance
- Dealing with sleep disorders
- Working on stress and anxiety related conditions
- Strengthening the immune system
- Increasing energy levels and well-being
- Easing respiratory disorders
- Improving circulation
- Relieving pain
- Improving relaxation
If you would like to see research papers for trials into the efficacy of Reflexology, please click here, where we have listed links to trial papers under the headings of various conditions.
The history of Reflexology began back in ancient civilisations across the world. The earliest evidence comes from the tomb of an Egyptian physician, dated 2500BC. In the early 1900’s, influenced by Sir Charles Sherrington (Nobel prize-winner for medicine), Dr William Fitzgerald discovered that by applying pressure on certain parts of the body it would have a numbing effect on another part of the body. This work was continued and refined into what we now know today as Reflexology.
As a Clinical Reflexologist, I do not claim to diagnose or cure any illnesses. I believe in working alongside general medical practitioners to promote balance and well-being. Reflexology should never be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.