What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a complimentary and alternative therapy which addresses the principle that there are reflexes in the feet relative to each and every organ and all parts of the body. Reflexology treatment is a gentle, non-invasive, holistic therapy which is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet correspond to every organ, gland and part of the body. It is a whole body treatment - not just a foot massage.
In a reflexology treatment, pressure is exerted on these reflexes by the thumbs and fingers, combining this with massage, relaxation and joint mobilisation techniques. The result is an internal balance in the body.
A brief history of reflexology
The art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, this therapy was not introduced to the West until Dr William Fitzgerald developed 'Zone therapy'. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known as reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.