Although variations of reflexology have been in existence since ancient times, modern reflexology was developed by American physiotherapist Eunice Ingham in the 1930s. Ingham identified reflex points on the feet which correspond with the various parts of the body. She discovered that manipulating these points could trigger a positive, healing effect in the body.
A professionally trained reflexologist can detect subtle changes or ‘imbalances’ in the reflex points of the feet and, by working these points, may help to restore the body’s natural equilibrium. Tensions are eased, circulation and elimination are improved, and the physical, emotional and spiritual are rebalanced.
Who can benefit from reflexology?
Almost everyone can benefit in some way from reflexology. Aside from the relaxation, stress relief, improved energy levels and general sense of wellbeing brought about by the treatment, reflexology may also bring relief from a wide range of chronic and acute conditions. Reflexology is suitable for all ages including babies and children.
Some complaints which may be successfully treated with reflexology include:
- thyroid disorders
- digestive disorders
- hormonal imbalances
- fertility issues
- sleep problems
- joint and muscle problems
- stress related conditions, anxiety and mental health issues
What happens when you go for a treatment?
Your first session will include a consultation to establish your past and present health, diet and lifestyle. This consultation is an essential part of your treatment as it allows me to find out about any health problems you may have and design a treatment plan tailor-made to address your specific needs. The consultation will take around 15-30 minutes. There is no charge for consultation.
A standard reflexology treatment lasts around 45-50 minutes. It is carried out in a special reflexology chair. There is no need to remove any clothing aside from shoes and socks.
During the treatment, I will use my hands to apply gentle pressure to the feet, seeking to gently work any imbalances and restore the body’s natural healthy balance.
How will you feel after a treatment?
The effects of reflexology are unique to each person. Most people feel extremely relaxed after a session. Others feel energised and uplifted. Most clients claim a marked improvement in their presenting conditions, as well as their general health and wellbeing, including energy levels, quality of sleep and stress levels, with continued improvement after subsequent sessions.
Some people would rather have Reflexology carried out on their hands because they don’t like having their feet touched, or because of foot complaints, such as athletes foot or gout, or because of mobility issues.
Hand Reflexology works exactly like Foot Reflexology – restoring balance to the body by working the reflexes of the hand. It is a deeply relaxing treatment that can be carried out with the client lying in a treatment chair, or sat upright in a standard chair, if that is more comfortable.
Please note that due to Advertising Standards Authority regulations, reflexology practitioners are restricted in the claims they can make for the treatment. Practitioners cannot diagnose or offer a ‘cure’. Nor can they claim that the treatment ‘can’ or ‘will’ benefit a client, only that it ‘might’. Regulations also prevent practitioners advertising that reflexology will help specific, named medical conditions, hence only general conditions are referenced above.
However, many clients claim very positive and dramatic improvements following treatment. Please see my client testimonials for a selection of comments from current and past clients.