Reflexology is a therapy which uses the feet to treat the whole body. The principles behind the treatment, which dates back thousands of years, are massaging the feet, treating the body holistically (as a whole) and dividing the body into zones or lines of energy.

 

 

Massaging and touching the feet to help the body is a very ancient practice which was used by the Egyptians, American Indians and Chinese. In brief, reflexology is a theory and therapy that uses the feet as a map, or mirror, of the whole body. By manipulating and applying pressure to certain parts of the feet, the whole body can be 're-tuned' and brought back into balance.

Reflexology works on the principle that the whole body, from head to toe, is connected. This connection is represented by ten longitudinal zones, running throughout the body and most easily accessible via the feet. By manipulating a particular area of the foot, the rest of the organs in that zone will feel a positive benefit. Hand reflexology, though not as common as foot reflexology, can be used too. The hands and feet have very similar anatomy and shape and every part of the feet used in reflexology has an equivalent in the hands. The hands can be used when it is not possible, convenient or suitable to use the feet.

Reflexology is balancing and stimulating. It also has a deeply relaxing effect, activating the body's healing mechanisms and helping to remove pent-up anxiety. It helps boost the immune system, stimulate the circulation, remove toxins, stabilise breathing and induce calm in both mind and body. Specifically, reflexology can help people with a wide range of health issues including stress, tension, anxiety, PMT, infertility, depression, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, headaches and migraine, respiratory problems, digestive disorders, acute/chronic pain and allergies.