What is reflexology?
Reflexology is a relaxing form of holistic treatment. It is a complementary, non-invasive, therapy that involves using thumb pressure on specific reflex areas in the feet or the hands. The theory behind it is that the different organs, glands and body systems are represented as reflex areas in the feet and hands. By stimulating these reflexes, reflexology aims to relax and rebalance specific areas of the body and stimulate the body’s healing process.
A bit of history...
Reflexology is an ancient method that has been practiced for several thousands of years by ancient civilizations such as Chinese, Egyptian and North American tribes.
The Western development of reflexology can be traced back to the beginning of the twentieth century in America when, in 1906, Dr William Fitzgerald published a book called ‘Zone Therapy’. He divided the body into ten equal longitudinal zones that run through the body and in which energy flows, and discovered how, by applying pressure on the tips of the toes or fingers, corresponding parts of the body became anesthetized.
In the 1930s an American lady, Eunice Ingham, developed Dr Fitzgerald’s theory by producing a reflexology foot map and developing a pressure massage. Astonished by the results, she began to teach.
The pioneer of reflexology in Great Britain is Doreen Bayly, who, after studying with Eunice Ingham in America, introduced the method in the 1960s back at home and founded The Bayly School of Reflexology.
How reflexology might help
The aim of reflexology is to naturally balance the body. A reflexology treatment will have an effect on all the major body systems such as the immune system, digestive system, reproductive, respiratory and circulatory systems, and it might help with:
Headaches and migraines
Helping with side effects of medications
What to expect during a treatment
During your first treatment a confidential medical history will be taken, then you will comfortably relax in a recliner chair. During the treatment you can talk, relax quietly or sleep, whatever feels comfortable and right for you. I will apply a firm but comfortable thumb pressure on your feet. As the feet reflect our bodies, some areas might feel sharp or tender to the touch, indicating a possible imbalance that I will be able to interpret, and I will adjust the pressure accordingly. On the whole, the treatment is very relaxing.
A full treatment lasts for about an hour. You will only have to expose your feet.
Who is reflexology for?
Reflexology is for everyone.. The treatments are non-invasive, promote wellbeing and can be received at any age, from young children to the elderly. Reflexology is a great way to keep your body and mind balanced and healthy. You don’t have to have a specific condition to book a treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed will depend on the condition being treated and how you will respond. To treat a specific condition, it is advisable at the beginning to have a course of treatments (between three and eight) at weekly intervals.
Many people find it beneficial, after treating a specific condition, to keep having regular treatments, for example every four to six weeks, or whenever they feel the need.
This is a personal choice and there won’t be any pressure to book follow-up appointments.
A full treatment lasts for about an hour.
First treatment (with case history) £45
Foot treatments £40
Children (30 minutes) £25
Course of four treatments £140
Course of six treatments £200
Waltham Chase, Hampshire, United Kingdom