Reflexology is a touch therapy that has been used for several thousands of years and is known to have been practised in a similar manner by the Chinese and the Egyptians. The earliest reference was found on a wall in an Egyptian tomb where a physician is depicted applying pressure to the feet and hands of the King. The therapy was introduced to the West by Dr William Fitzgerald, who believed that reflex areas were linked to other areas within the same zone. In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham further developed the zone therapy into what is known as Reflexology today.
To discover more about hand reflexology, the Association of Reflexologists have prepared another video. Watch it on YouTube.
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, (lower legs and hands too) correspond with every organ, gland, structure and muscle of the body. Gentle pressure is applied to these points in order to stimulate the reflex points and bring about a balance of the bodily systems: skeletal, muscular, neurological, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, genitourinary and Vascular.
Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside conventional healthcare to promote better health. We do not claim to be a “cure-all” and cannot diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology has the capability of bringing about a state of deep relaxation. When the body is relaxed and stress is reduced the body works more effectively. With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to take more responsibility for their own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life.
Most people who have experienced a reflexology session would agree that the method is a very relaxing therapy, which may reduce tension and lead to an improved sense of well-being.
Interactive foot and hand maps
Find out what parts of the body are linked to specific areas of the feet and hands. Click on the graphics below to take a closer look with the help of these interactive maps.
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