Using the thumbs and fingers to stimulate reflex points on the feet or hands to promote healing in the body
When mankind went barefoot, walking on sand or uneven ground, they were unknowingly stimulating the reflex points of the body. Nervous people pace back and forth, rub hands together, and bite their nails, and some even handle worry beads. By doing this, they unknowingly relieve their tensions by working on the reflex points. The surface of the skin, apart from being a receiver of external stimulus, also holds mirror images of the internal body organs. These images are reflected onto the soles, palms of the hands and ears and are called reflex areas or points.
The principle of Reflexology then is that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body.
Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas in order to support nature in maintaining balance in the body, as far as may be achieved for each individual. It does this by stimulating the reflex areas which may help to relieve stress and tension, improve the blood supply to all areas of the body and promote the correct functioning of nerve impulses.
Reflexology aims to treat the imbalances of each individual and to alleviate and improve symptoms. It does not however diagnose a specific medical problem or no response at all.
Reflexology is not new; the earliest recording of a therapy in the form that Reflexology is known today is found in tomb drawing of the Egyptians dated 2330BC in which a person is shown holding the foot of another person and applying massage to the sole of the foot. Ancient texts, illustrations and artefacts have shown that the early Chinese, Japanese, Indians and Russians also worked on the feet to promote good health.
In the early 1900’s Dr William Fitzgerald, whilst experimenting with pain relief established that pressure applied to certain parts of the body could have an anaesthetic effect on other parts away from the site of the pressure. Dr Fitzgerald was the first to chart longitudinal zones of the body, calling his work, “Zone Therapy”.
In 1918 Dr Joe Shelby Riley and his wife Elizabeth, published the first reflex zone map of the feet, in their book “Zone Therapy Simplified”. Dr Riley also invented the “Hooking” technique and recorded one of the first theories of reflex points and zones of the ear.
An assistant of Dr Riley’s, Eunice Ingham, developed alternating pressure techniques in the 1930s. This became known as Reflexology. She produced detailed maps of the reflex points on the feet and toured America lecturing and teaching. In 1938 she published “Stories the Feet Can Tell” and in 1963 “Stories the Feet Have Told”.
After training with Eunice Ingham, a German practitioner called Hanne Marquardt was credited with the concept of transverse zones, which divide the body into three areas. She went on to train large numbers of medically qualified people as Reflexologists.
Another student of Eunice Ingham’s, Doreen Bayley, brought Reflexology to Britain in the 1960’s and set up the Bayley School of Reflexology.
Benefits of Reflexology
Many conditions may benefit from Reflexology including arthritis, digestive disorders, respiratory problems, hormonal imbalances, migraine, stress related problems, sleep problems.
Other benefits include relaxation, improved circulation, support of the immune system, a sense of wellbeing, elimination of toxins from the body.
If you come with a specific problem, then I recommend an initial course of at least four treatments at weekly intervals,
COST: £32.00 for a one hour treatment
£112.00 for a course of four treatments
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Reflexology is helpful for many Women's Health problems, including menstrual problems, infertility, pregnancy and labour and difficulties in the menopause.
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Nothing we can do can change the past, but everything we do changes the future.’ Ashleigh Brilliant
Margaret Silander Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, Medical Herbalist in Ashford, Kent