...based on a principle that reflex points on the feet, hands and ears are connected to corresponding areas throughout the body.
Through the application of a gentle pressure on these points, the process aims to relieve physical tension, and promote the natural function of the body.
The relaxation developed during a session might be considered as an element in a preventative health-care regime.
Seated or lying comfortably, a gentle pressure is used to work on the points (usually on the feet) noting any tender areas. For the most part, people find the process soothing and deeply relaxing.
The length of a course of sessions will vary depending on individual needs (typically 4 to 6 sessions) and once such a course has been completed many continue with a monthly maintenance programme.
More detail is provided in the session overview.
The modern practice of reflexology developed early last century, when knowledge of techniques used by ancient cultures and peoples around the world was linked with the, then, latest discoveries about the workings of the nervous system.
· Zone Therapy, as described in 1913 by American ENT Surgeon Dr William Fitzgerald, mapped out ten vertical zones through the body - ending in the fingers and toes. Pressure on one part of a zone seemed to affect the whole zone.
· Research on the Integrated Action of the Nervous System by Sir Charles Sherrington [Nobel Prize Winner in 1932] and knowledge of First Nations and Chinese techniques informed Fitzgerald’s work.
· In the 1930’s therapist Eunice Ingham refined Fitzgerald’s work by identifying sensitive areas she named ‘reflex points’ and created a 'map of the body' as represented on the feet.
Now, over one million people in the UK receive reflexology every year from several thousand practitioners.
All the therapies listed on this web-site should be seen as complementary to and not as an alternative to professional medical consultations and treatments.