The science of reflexology deals with the principle that the feet and hands are a ‘miniature-map’ of the entire body where all organs, glands and body parts are represented as ‘reflex areas’.
The body’s natural state of healthy balance relies on a complex, interdependent system of organs, glands, nerves, chemicals etc all working together – if one of these elements is misaligned as a result of stress, illness, injury or other physical or emotional influences, the effects can be felt throughout the entire body and reflected in the feet and hands.Reflexology practitioners detect these imbalances and, through a method of applying micro pressure to the reflex areas with the thumbs and fingers, can ease out any congestion or pain that may be manifesting and help the body to return to an optimal state.
A Brief History Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, it wasn’t until 1913 that Dr William Fitzgerald introduced this therapy to the West as ‘zone therapy’. He noted 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 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.Reflexology is a complementary therapy, which works on the feet to help heal the whole person not just the prevailing symptoms.
Why Try Reflexology and Its benefits?
Many health problems can be linked to mental, emotional,physical or environmental stressors. A body trying to function while under the influence of prolonged stress is less capable of rallying its defenses against illness and repairing the damage caused by injury.
One of the most important benefits of reflexology is its abilityto reduce stress and tension. It is a safe and extremely relaxing method of healing that works on many levels – soothing, calming and balancing the entire body. It encourages deep relaxation and helps to:
- Improve circulation, conducting the necessary oxygen and nutrients to all body tissues and organs
- Cleanse the body of toxins and impurities
- Balance the nervous system
- Revitalize energy levels and relieve pain
- Improve the body’s natural healing processes
Getting a Reflexology Treatment
A reflexology treatment is one of the most relaxing ways to spend an hour on yourself. It involves deep pressure on the soles of the feet – a very intense foot massage. The pressure stimulates the nerve connections that extend from the feet to the rest of the body. It’s almost like having an all over body massage and only exposing your feet!
Usually a treatment session lasts for about one hour, but this may vary depending on your body’s needs. Your Reflexologist will discuss this with you at the first session and will explain different ways in which the body can respond to Reflexology.
Duration: 30 mins – $55.00 60 mins – $90.00