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'. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is known as reflexology. Her opinion was that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy which can be received by anyone at any age, from babies and children to the elderly. It involves the application of gentle pressure to reflex points in the feet, hands and face. These reflex points correspond to all the organs, glands and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly. It can therefore be helpful if you are experiencing many common problems:
The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually, after a treatment your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving. You may also find that other aspects improve too; however, this happens on an individual basis.
It is useful to give feedback to the reflexologist as this may show the response of your body to treatment. This in turn might help the reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs after one or two treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; however, sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is usually transitory and reflexologists believe that it is part of the healing process.
Reflexology should not be viewed as a replacement for medical care. Reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe and aim to work alongside conventional medicine. If you have any concerns about your health then you should always seek advice from your doctor or health care practitioner. At Butterfly and Bluebell Reflexology I advise that you inform your doctor if you are receiving complementary therapy treatment and I'm always happy to answer questions or discuss your treatment with your doctor.