What is reflexology and how does it help you heal?
Reflexology is a complementary therapy that works based on the theory that certain areas of the feet, hands, face and ears, correspond with areas, systems and organs of our body.
Reflexologists apply gentle pressure to reflexes on the feet, hands, face or ears in order to stimulate your body’s own healing abilities, to bring about a state of deep relaxation and to help you to regain your balance, well-being and a relaxed, healthy and happy life.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy. This means that we need to look at each person as a whole, in order to treat accordingly. Therefore we not only have to treat our physical conditions, like the pain in our back but we also need to take into consideration our non-physical conditions, such as external influences and mental well-being. Trying to treat a stiff neck without knowing if it may be caused by long days in the office, looking after a baby or due to a sports injury, can make a difference to the required treatment.
Reflexologists are not medical doctors, therefore we do not diagnose, however we can help you to understand your body better and the signs it sends. We can offer suggestions, if appropriate, to support any medically prescribed treatment. This can help to reduce your stress or stresses related to your condition and have a positive impact on your health.
The positive effects of reflexology were first mentioned almost 5000 years ago in ancient Egypt. The concepts of reflexology have also been traced to China and to ancient Indian medicine.
Modern reflexology dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Dr William Fitzgerald rediscovered reflexology and experimented with pain relief, through the application of pressure to parts of the body.
Therefore, if you are looking for a way to get to a deep form of relaxation, to stop for an hour in your busy life and focus on yourself, or to improve your general well-being, then reflexology may be suitable for you.