Reflexology is an ancient therapeutic treatment which can be dated back to Egyptian times. The modern treatment method used today is based upon a theory developed in 1913 by Dr William Fitzgerald that the body could be divided into ten vertical zones, or energy pathways, which culminate in reflex points on the feet and hands. He determined that every body part which lies within each zone is inter-related. In short, no one part of the body works in isolation. All systems are interdependant – anything effecting one part of the body will have a knock-on effect elsewhere.
Reflexology works to reduce stress levels by soothing the central nervous system and inducing deep relaxation, thus restoring harmony and health to the body. It is not diagnostic, nor does it claim to cure, but it does try to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms of an illness, and encourage the body’s own healing abilities.
Reflexology is based on the principle that the feet mirror the body. The right foot mirrors the right side of the body and the left mirrors the left side. By treating both feet, you are treating the whole of the body.
A foot has between 7000 and 7200 nerve endings, which can be traced to every structure in the body, and body function. Therefore, by applying pressure to these points or reflexes on the feet, you are having an effect on the corresponding structure and function.
Benefits can include the relief from the following symptoms:-
- Tension, emotional stress and fatigue.
- Acute and chronic conditions.
- Circulation and elimination inefficiencies.
- Stress related disorders.