WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology is a therapy that works on the feet and hands to help balance the whole body, not just the prevailing symptoms. It works on the principle that by massaging and applying pressure to parts of the feet known as reflex areas, other corresponding and connected areas of the body will feel the benefit.
Brief History of Reflexology
The art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China but it wasn't until 1913 that Dr. William Fitzgerald introduced this therapy to the West as 'zone therapy'.
In the 1930s Eunice Ingham further developed this zone therapy into what is now known as reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
How Can Reflexology Help Me?
Reflexology is a therapy which encourages the body to restore and maintain a healthy balance. Below are some of the symptoms that reflexology may help:-
Inflammation and pain
stress related conditions
blood sugar disorders
Each person is an individual and reflexology works on that basis. Reflexology does not claim to diagnose, cure or prescribe and it is not a replacement for conventional medicine.
Vertical Reflex Therapy
This therapy has been devised by Lynne Booth, HMAR. It is a unique technique where the feet are briefly treated in a standing, weight bearing position. It appears to be particularly beneficial for muscular skeletal conditions and subsequently many other health problems.
It is performed at the beginning of a treatment as it only takes a few minutes and given briefly again following the conventional reflexology treatment. The weight bearing position in VRT seems to give extra effect during a treatment.