What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a natural and safe therapy which uses the technique of applying gentle pressure to reflex points on the feet, hands or face. It is based on the theory that different reflex points correspond with different areas of the body. By stimulating these reflex points a positive response can be achieved in the corresponding part of the body. It is a therapy that can be received by anyone at any age.
So is it a foot or hand massage?
Reflexology is different than massage. Reflexology works through nerve endings whereas massage is applied to the muscles and soft tissue of the body
Reflexology is not a ‘modern‘ alternative therapy. There is some dispute as to where and when it was ‘discovered’. The Chinese used a form of foot massage 5000 years ago and developed it alongside acupuncture. American Indians practiced a form of Reflexology for hundreds of years. They were aware of the exchange of energy from the earth through the feet and the importance of not having any blockages in the feet to hinder the movement of energy. Other evidence suggests that its origins go back as far as 2300 BC. An Egyptian mural in the tomb of a famous physician depicts what appears to be a Reflexology treatment being performed on hands and feet.
The benefits of reflexology
Reflexologists do not claim to cure or diagnose. It may however help bring about a state of deep relaxation and stimulate the body’s own healing processes.
• Encourage the body to heal any current disorders
• Relieve the effects of stress
• Improve the immune system
• Relieve pain
• Encourage better circulation
• Improve bowel movements
• Improve nerve stimulation
• Assist with post-operative recovery by decreasing pain and increasing healing.