What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a non-invasive, holistic complementary therapy. Zones and reflex points on the feet, hands and ears correspond to organs and systems within the body. By applying pressure to these areas using a variety of specialised techniques, this can stimulate the body’s own healing systems and promote natural recovery, the relief of stress and feelings of well-being. Complementary therapies are designed to treat the whole person, by assisting the body's natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself, not just the symptom or disease. Reflexology is deeply relaxing, relieving mental & physical fatigue, and promotes calmness and sense of well-being.
Reflexology is now widely recognised by the medical profession and is available in many hospitals and GP surgeries. Its positive effects have been, and continue to be, the subject of evidenced-based research.
Reflexology, in various forms, has been practiced for thousands of years. The earliest ‘evidence’ is shown on the tomb of an Egyptian physician called Ankhmahor, dating from 2500 BCE (Before Common Era). Methods of working on the feet, hands and ears have been documented in many civilisations as the practice was passed along ancient trade routes. The modern therapy of reflexology was pioneered in the 1930s by Eunice Ingham, she charted the reflexes on the feet in detail and developed variable pressure techniques.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy which aims to encourage healing and reduce stress. It is used to maintain good health and well-being. Reflexology does not aim to replace conventional medicine. Please consult your GP if you are concerned about your health.