A Brief History of Reflexology
Foot massage is an ancient healing art known to man for many thousands of years. Thought to have originated in China over 5000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians and Indians are also known to have used forms of reflexology.
The practice was later scientifically developed during the last century.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is used to stimulate the reflex points on the feet which correspond to specific parts of the body. It is an holistic treatment which treats the whole body rather than just a person’s specific symptoms.
Reflexologists perform different movements on the feet using their hands in order with the aim of releasing tension, eliminating toxins, improving circulation, and to restore the body’s natural balance or Homeostasis.
Effects and Benefits
Some of the physical benefits you may experience through Reflexology are that it:
- Stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms
- More efficiently eliminates waste materials from the body through the skin, the bowel, the bladder and the lungs
- Relieves muscular tension
- Provides pain relief
- Helps to relieve sleeping problems, headaches, stress-related digestion problems, skin conditions, sinus congestion, hormonal and fertility issues
- Revitalises the whole body
Psychologically the benefits you may experience through Reflexology are that it:
- Alleviates stress and anxiety
- Helps the body to achieve a state of equilibrium – a balanced feeling of peace and calm
- Clears the mind
- Re-balances the flow of energy through the body
- Stagnant energy is released
In order to gain the maximum benefits from your treatment please follow the aftercare advice below for the next 24 hours.
- Try to spend the rest of the day in as calm and stress-free a state as possible
- Avoid alcohol, which dehydrates and introduces toxins to the body
- Drink plenty of water to help clear the system of toxins and change caffeinated drinks to herbal teas
- Eat light meals
Note: Reflexologists do not claim to heal, cure, diagnose, prescribe medication or offer a prognosis. As with all complementary therapies, Reflexology should not be used as either a substitute for orthodox prescribed medication or instead of seeking professional advice in respect of any ailment.