Reflexology is a therapy in which the nerve endings primarily in the feet are stimulated by specific massage techniques to effect changes in another part of the body and thereby create health and help overcome disease.
The science of reflexology used today was founded by Dr William Fitzgerald. He noticed that pressure on specific areas of the body produced a anaesthetising effect on a related area. Therefore, treating the areas of the feet could have a relaxing and healing effect on different organs and tissues inside the body.
How Does it work?
Nerve endings are imbedded in the feet and hands that then travel to the spinal cord and to various parts of the body. Stimulating these nerve endings thereby helps promote relaxation, improve circulation, stimulate vital organs in the body and encourage the body's natural healing processes. Unlike conventional medicine, reflexology works on the underlying problems within the body and works through the body's nervous system.
The treatment involves light, but firm, compression massage to the soles and uppers of your feet. As the reflex points are very small the reflexologist has to be very precise.
Sometimes there will be quite a dramatic reaction to the first treatment in various forms. This is a very healthy sign which tells you that the treatment has encouraged the release of harmful toxins from the body.
During treatment some areas of the foot may feel a little tender and these will correlate with the problem areas in the body.
Reflexology should not be used if the patient is pregnant, has diabetes or a heart problem, but if you do receive treatment, you will find that reflexology is typically a very pleasant, relaxing and rejuvenating therapy.
A full treatment usually takes 1hour.
Don't worry if you have ticklish feet, the treatment is very precise and quite firm!