Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body.
This deeply relaxing and wonderfully therapeutic session works by applying firm pressure to the reflex points of the feet. Working the reflex points in this way can help to bring balance and a more natural functioning to all the body’s systems. Cleansing the body of toxins, reducing stress, inducing deep relaxation and revitalising energy levels.
A brief history of reflexology
Whilst 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’. And in the 1930’s, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known today as Reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
The theory is that Reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally, and following treatment tension may be reduced and clients may feel relaxed. They might also notice they are sleeping better and find their mood and sense of wellbeing improving.
Reflexology and research
There have been some positive research projects carried out with Reflexology, including the affects of Reflexology for people suffering with headaches and migraines. The study showed that 3 months after completing the treatments, 16% had been cured, 65% had reduced symptoms and 19% reported that they had been able to stop all medication taken before the study. There have also been studies on clients with pre-menstrual syndrome, menopausal symptoms, gynaecological diseases, including endometriosis, digestive disorders and management of pain, nausea and relaxation, all with positive results. You can view the published paper at; http://www.soothes.co.uk/USERIMAGES/reflexology_published_research.pdf
In my experience as a Reflexologist since 1999, I have seen a wide range of presenting problems from clients, all of whom have benefited from the gentle, subtle, non-invasive treatment, that is also very powerful, most notably with a range of conditions of pain, including sciatica, sleep disorders, menstrual and menopausal symptoms and digestive problems.
With all clients the gentle approach that Reflexology has, brings about deep feelings of relaxation that can help to nurture feelings of balance both physically and emotionally.
Tom Hoyland; Winner of the Lux Health, Beauty and Wellness awards: Reflexologist of the Year 2018; London. And LUX Excellence Award for Traditional Thai Yoga Massage; UK.