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Reflexology

WHAT IS IT?

A foot treatment where the therapist works special pressure points on the feet, and sometimes hands, which correlate to parts of the body. Reflexologists believe that the entire body is mapped out on the feet and balance can be restored by working on them.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

By pressing or massaging points which relate to parts of the body, Reflexology can possibly offer pain relief, restore hormonal balance, instil a sense of wellbeing and reduce stress symptoms.

HISTORY

Reflexology is over 5,000 years old and has origins in China and Egypt, where pressure therapies were recognised to have therapeutic benefits and more importantly, help prevent disease. The earliest evidence of Reflexology is a wall painting in the tomb of an Egyptian physician ‘Ankmahor’ at Saqqara, dated around 2500-2300 BC.
Foot reflex therapy was not introduced to the Western World until the twentieth century when the Americans began to develop zone therapy, which had been practised by the Europeans as far back as the fourteenth century, into Reflexology as we know it today.

HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER A TREATMENT?

You will probably feel quite sleepy, calm and relaxed. Even if you generally find it difficult to do so. Sometimes people feel a little ‘spaced out’ after treatment, so take care getting up and moving around.

WHAT DO I DO AFTER A TREATMENT?

Reflexology can be very detoxifying so drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and eat a simple supper. You may find you sleep very well following a treatment and occasionally clients feel under the weather the following day, this is due to the detoxifying effects and should pass within 24 hours. Please contact your practitioner if you are concerned.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?

This depends on your reasons for having treatment. It is advisable to begin with a short course of 4-6 treatments in close succession (every 1-2 weeks) once your acute symptoms have passed, a ‘top up’ treatment every 4-6 weeks is recommended.

WHAT CAN BE TREATED?

A wide range of symptoms including stress, fatigue, headaches, hormonal imbalance, convalescence, fertility issues, menopause, pain, anxiety, depression, IBS and other bowel problems.

Sarah Rutherford

Gillian Brunskill