The Art of Reflexology
The art of reflexology is an ancient therapy. Practitioners believe that reflexology might have been practiced as a health therapy for more than 5000 years. Its roots are believed to go back to Egypt where the oldest depiction of its practice was discovered in the tomb of an influential Egyptian physician. In a wall painting found in his tomb, patients are seen to receive reflexology on their hands and feet (see image above). Various forms of reflexology have also been practiced in the Far East, Africa and America.
Modern reflexology was introduced to Europe and America over 100 years ago. This non-intrusive complementary therapy is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower legs, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists believe that pressure on these points will aid deep relaxation and will help to improve general well-being.
The following video gives a brief explanation about reflexology. It was produced for the Association of Reflexologists (AoR) of which I am a Full Member.
If you want to investigate the connections between your hand and feet and your body further, do explore the AoR's interactive reflexology FOOT chart:
or have a look at the interactive HAND chart:
Some frequently asked questions about reflexology include the following:
What Conditions Can Reflexology Help?
While reflexology does not and should not take the place of medical advice, it can comfortably work alongside medical care, especially with problems that affect the whole body such as stress. Stress is thought to be responsible for many illnesses and health issues. It can affect many systems of the body and may cause damage if prolonged or chronic.Therefore, by relieving stress other health issues may be prevented in the long run. Reflexology is all about restoring balance in the body - even a light treatment can help to bring back such sense of balance.
Will I benefit from reflexology?
Every person is unique and it is not possible to know in advance how exactly you will benefit from a reflexology treatment. However, after one or two treatments, people often start to feel deeply relaxed, they may sleep better or may notice a feeling of improved mood and general well-being. You may find that other things improve too. But this happens on a very individual basis and the best way to know if reflexology works for you is to try it.
What will happen during a treatment?
Reflexology is a very easy treatment to receive. At the start of the first treatment there will be a (free) consultation and I will take your medical history to help me tailor each treatment individually to your needs. For the treatment itself, I will ask you to remove shoes and socks - and thereafter nothing will stand in the way of a deeply relaxing treatment. A reflexologist will use thumbs, fingers or knuckles to apply pressure to the feet, sometimes to the lower leg or hands. As a medium for the treatment, you can chose between high quality powder or specially blended cremes and oils.
What are the benefits of reflexology?
They can differ from person to person, but in general reflexology encourages the body to heal current disorders, it relieves the effect of stress and tension and promotes general relaxation, it can help to improve the immune system, relieve pain, encourage better circulation and is often described as quite useful for digestive issues. An effective treatment helps to eliminate waste products from the body, improves nerve stimulation and can help to increase energy levels. It can also improve mood.