Reflexology can be traced back thousands of years and in fact, there are paintings within Egyptian tombs showing reflexologists at work. Modern reflexology was pioneered in America during the early part of the twentieth century by William H. Fitzgerald and Dr Edwin Bowers. William Fitzgerald was an ear, nose and throat specialist and claimed that applying pressure on certain parts of the body had an anaesthetic effect on other parts of the body.During the 1930s and 1940s, further work was carried out by Eunice D. Ingham, a nurse and physiotherapist. Ms Ingham claimed that the hands and feet were particularly sensitive areas. It was Ms Ingham who largely developed the hand and foot maps used by today’s reflexologists to link certain areas on the hands and feet to specific parts of the body.
Modern day reflexology is based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients.
Like most holistic therapies, reflexology is non-invasive and therefore can be used to treat anyone, at any age including newborn babies.
What happens during and after a typical Reflexology session?
A typical session lasts 60 minutes and during your first session, we will have an in-depth discussion of your case history.
I will then massage your hands or feet using a very gentle pressure. Generally, the treatment should feel relaxing, although it maybe slightly uncomfortable as certain parts of your hands or feet corresponding to other areas of your body where you have discomfort are massaged. This discomfort is only very short lived though, and don’t worry if you have ticklish feet, Reflexologists are used to this!
After your treatment most people remark on a feeling of general well-being and relaxation.