TheChinese are said to have used an early form of Reflexology more than 5000 years ago in their use of pressure therapies. Egyptian tomb artwork dating from around 2000BC shows foot massage too, an indication that the benefits of working on the feet to encourage general good health have been acknowledged for some time.
Reflexology is a popular holistic therapy based on the principle that reflex points can be found on the tops, soles as well as the sides of the feet.These points are connected to corresponding areas of the body.Therefore the feet become a map of the body.
Benefits of Reflexology
- Reduced Stress
- Feelings of deep relaxation
- Increased energy levels
- The release of endorphins, the body's feel good hormones (which can also provide pain relief)
- Improved circulation
- More efficient removal of toxins and impurities
- A stronger immune system
- A sense that the whole body is better balanced, or in harmony
Who Can Enjoy Reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for most, but there are certain conditions that where reflexology should be avoided. During the consultation with your therapist your medical history will be discussed. In some instances you may be required to obtain your doctors permission before your treatments can commence. For example if you have diabetes. An individual and confidential record will be kept with any relevant notes for future treatments.
Each treatment last between 45-60 min. As it is only the feet that are being worked on, you remain fully clothed; simply removing your shoes and socks.
You will be invited to relax on either a reclining chair or massage couch. A variety of reflexology techniques will be used and adjusted to suit your individual needs.
Reflexology can be carried out on the hands and ears as well as the feet.