Reflexology is said to have originated in China some 5000 years ago, when pressure therapy where used to correct energy fields in the body. It was not until around 1913 that the therapy was introduced to the west by Dr William Fitzgerald. It works on the principle that points in the hands and feet correspond to every part of the body, (same principle as acupuncture and acupressure). By working on these “reflexes” energy pathways are cleared, aiding the body towards health. Each treatment lasts approximately 1 hour and is completed with a relaxing foot massage.
Reflexology is deeply relaxing and numerous disorders seem to respond well to it. In my experience I have noticed hormonal and fertility issues, migraine, sinus problems, breathing difficulties, digestive problems, circulatory problems, back problems, tension and stress have all responded with regular treatments. The Advertising Standards Association (ASA) do not approve of suggestions that reflexology is anything other than relaxing however there is some scientific reasoning as to its abilities and I recommend you experience it to see how your body responds. For those of you who prefer scientific anecdotal evidence I recommend you visit Reflexology Research.
Suggested benefits of reflexology:
- Menstrual cycle : including heavy periods, mid cycle pain, PMS, fibroids, menopausal irregularities, fertility support and during pregnancy too!
- Circulatory systems changes: hot flushes, night sweats, water retention, puffiness and bloating
- Neurological: hormonal anxiety, insomnia, foggy thinking, migraines, headaches, memory problems, lethargic depression, loss of libido and mood swings
- Sleeping: insomnia,difficulty sleeping and sleeping pattern changes including throughout the peri-menopausal years or stress induced
- Can be used as an aid to support many digestive, immune and hormonal irregularities including liver and gall bladder health issues, acne, ovarian health, polycystic ovary syndrome, fibroids, fertility, during pregnancy and birth, post partum and much more.
Whilst reflexology can be a “stand alone” therapy it can also be combined with Reiki healing, meditation and far infared thermal treatments and of course naturopathic nutritional therapy! Courses of treatments are often recommended. Each treatment lasts approximately 1 hour and is completed with a relaxing foot massage