Reflexology is a natural holistic therapy which encourages the body’s own healing processes on a physical and emotional level, bringing the mind, body and spirit into harmony with each other.
It is an ancient healing technique used initially by the Chinese and the Egyptians and the earliest records date back some 4000 years. During the 4th century AD, Chinese acupuncturists applied pressure to the feet to help release energy and aid healing.
Modern reflexology was introduced to the west by American physiotherapist Eunice Ingham who, in the 1930s, studied and refined these early records.
The theory is that organs, nerves and other parts of the body are represented on our feet and hands and are sensitive to pressure. By stimulating these reflex areas through massage and compression techniques a direct response can be created in the related body area and can address imbalances and help restore harmony within.
The benefits of reflexology can:
- help reduce stress
- induce deep relaxation
- balance the whole system
- revitalise energy
- strengthen the immune system
- stimulate creativity and productivity
- help prevent disease
You may notice other aspects improve too but this happens on a very individual basis.